Acting in a network. Thinking globally. Promoting change.
Many universities, their students and teachers are currently on this path. In order to further promote this development, we want you to join us in taking a comprehensive look at digital and international university teaching.
Digital and international teaching - and the links between them - are becoming increasingly important in higher education teaching. Whereas before the Corona pandemic quite a few saw digital teaching only as a nice accessory for their courses, the potentials of the virtual are now becoming increasingly clear and diverse. The steadily growing internationalisation of teaching also benefits from these changes and enables the organisation of more diverse and barrier-free offers, so that internationalisation can also be successfully implemented in a way independent of physical mobility. Hence, not only students, but also teachers and university staff further develop their communicative and intercultural skills and are prepared for the challenges of the international research and labour market.
Against this background, the DICE Conference offers a platform for exchange on these current topics and their interaction on an international as well as interdisciplinary level. Whether from a higher education didactics or linguistics perspective, a social science or psychological angle, from the fields of engineering didactics or general higher education research, from a cultural or technological point of view - we look forward to discussing this topic with you and jointly develop a holistic vision of the future of internationalisation and digitalisation in higher education teaching.
The DICE Conference is open to students, researchers and university staff, stakeholders from society and business and all those interested in the topic from a national and international context.
Participation in the DICE Conference is free of charge.
The conference will consist of various panels, which will be organised by the panel conveners themselves. You can look forward to panels
with a creative approach to the topic
with particular potential for involving participants in the discussion
Digital. International. Connected. Conceptual and strategic perspectives on internationalized online teaching and learning.
Research and practice revolving around the internationalization and digitalization of teaching and learning in higher education have gained momentum over the past years. Still, the full potential for students, instructors and institutions that lies in the intersection of these two areas is not yet seized in mainstream higher education, nor is it broadly covered in research. Mirroring approaches and experiences from Turkish, Belgian, Spanish and German higher education contexts, the panel aims to contribute to the conceptual and applied discussion on virtual internationalization.
The session is comprised of four interactive talks that each revolve around one specific aspect of virtual internationalization and virtual exchange: Conceptual delineation, higher education institutions’ strategic approaches, learners’ competence development in virtual mobility and remote assessment practices. Participants are engaged in the dialogue through collaborative activities and encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences with the presented topics.
This panel will be held in English and is organised by Svenja Bedenlier (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), Victoria Marín (University of Lleida) and Kamakshi Rajagopal (KU Leuven).
Digital internationalization of teacher education in higher education
Internationalization has become a key issue for higher education. In teacher education however each nation has special characteristics that are influenced by complex configurations of historical, political, social, cultural, and educational factors (Leutwyler, Popov & Wolhuter, 2017, p. 66-67). This raises the question of how to develop pedagogical approaches that deal with the growing sociocultural complexity in the field of education. They have to ensure that future generations of teachers aquire a ‘global’ understanding, international experiences and intercultural competences, enabling them to handle and use diversity in classrooms and to serve as role models for learning across borders (DAAD, 2013; Sieber & Mantel, 2012, p. 6). This panel has the aim to present different concepts of teacher education for internationalization as well as to discuss some fundamental questions (e.g. How can digital media support internationalization of teacher education? Which strategies support digital internationalization of teacher education?) and to give national and international teacher educators a platform to network with each other.
This panel will be held in English and is organised by Annika Brück-Hübner (Justus Liebig University Giessen) and Anja Seifert (Justus Liebig University Giessen).
Digital Learning Experience Design – effective, efficient, and appealing?
The keynote introduces the design of learning experiences with digital technologies. It applies the perspective of Learning Experience Design (LXD). Empirical studies - for example, mobile microlearning, games for learning, and online learning – will be used to introduce research methods on how to ‘measure’ effective, efficient, and appealing learning designs. Results and implications for "research to improve" versus "research to prove" will be discussed.
The keynote address will be given by Isa Jahnke, Founding Vice President and Professor of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the Technical University of Nuremberg.
To round off the first day of the conference together, we offer all interested participants the chance to take part in our virtual pub quiz: Network, test your general knowledge in a relaxed atmosphere and learn fun facts about history, politics, literature and culture from and with other participants.
Continuous Improvement of Digital Literacy in Your Higher Education Community
Instructor’s digital literacy knowledge and skills are often limited to subject specific needs or basic skills that enhance the course content (Soomro et. al. 2020). Many in higher education struggle with digital literacy skills due to a lack of unified practice for integrating digital technologies at the institutional level. This workshop explores learning design and technology research methods. You will engage with processes that help gather data to guide digital literacy efforts at your institution and potential solutions within your specific context.
This workshop will be held in English and will be led by Enilda Romero-Hall, Associate Professor in the Learning, Design, and Technology programme at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Instructional Design – Neue Wege zur guten Lehre oder einfach nur Hochschuldidaktik durch die Hintertür? CANCELLED
Instructional Design beschreibt die aktive Gestaltung einer Lernumgebung, um die Lernerfahrung und den Kompetenzaufbau möglichst gut zu unterstützen. Der Fokus liegt auf den Prozessen des Lehrens, Lernens und Prüfens gleichermaßen. Der interaktiv angelegte Workshop führt kompakt in den Prozess ein und verknüpft ihn mit aktuellen Ergebnissen aus der Hochschulforschung. Die Teilnehmenden konstruieren und diskutieren mögliche Szenarien sowie die damit verbundenen Ziele, Chancen und Herausforderungen.
This workshop will be held in German and will be led by Malte Persike, Scientific Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Services (CLS) at RWTH Aachen University.
Teaching Online to an International Audience
When English is your second language, holding a class for an international audience presents challenges: How do you set expectations, structure lessons, handle intercultural issues, and deal with difficult situations? This workshop will help you to understand the influence of culture on both teaching and learning and how to use this knowledge to plan more effective teaching sessions. You will learn how to structure lessons to allow for maximum understanding and retention of material and get to know questioning techniques to open and close a lecture and activate students.
This workshop will be held in English and will be led by Lesley-Anne Weiling, trainer and coach for universities and international researchers and co-founder of Write English: editing and coaching service for English communication.
Virtual exchange (VE) is by no means a new format, yet the pandemic has resulted in a surge in VE offers. In Germany, this development has been spurred by funding opportunities that help to link digital and international education. VE can constitute a powerful tool to internationalise the curriculum at home and make international experiences accessible to students regardless of mobility. However, although celebrated as a low-cost, environmentally sustainable, equitable and easily accessible form of international education (cf. Satar 2021), Hauck reminds us that “the spaces where most virtual exchanges take place are not neutral grounds; they are not necessarily levelling places” (quodt. in Satar 2021, p. 11). In this English-speaking panel, we will therefore critically engage with VE and present four good practices that
• confront the ‘digital divide’ in pragmatic and innovative ways
• address issues of privilege and inequality in VE
• involve critical digital literacy (Darvin 2017) and help all students establish presence and voice online
• highlight student projects that serve all participating communities.
This panel will be held in English and is organised by Tanja Reiffenrath (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) and Imme Bageritz (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen).
“How do you want to learn?” - Student Involvement in the Further Development of Teaching in Higher Education
How do students want to shape the future of teaching in higher education? We want to get to the bottom of this question to see what students really need! We have decided on the open atmosphere of a bar camp so that we don't just go through the usual topics and actually get into conversation with the students. At the beginning, we jointly select the topics and then talk about them in small groups. We use brainstorming cards to record the results in the groups so that our ideas can be used in the future design of communication and teaching at the university. Often, new topics arise from these group discussions, which we can then take up again and develop further.
The student barcamp takes place in English and is organised by the DICE team. The barcamp is intended to provide students with a relaxed and informal setting for discussions and is therefore closed to the public. The results will be published afterwards on our website.
Use our networking tables or our networking carousel and exchange ideas with other DICE participants!
Reimagining Education for an Era of Wicked Problems
We are facing an era of overlapping "wicked problems" that challenge the stability of our social, political, economic, and ecological systems. While education is a key site for preparing people to confront these wicked problems, our existing educational institutions were designed for a different era. Drawing on decolonial critiques, this talk will ask: What kind of education could prepare us to face our increasingly volatile, uncertain, and complex world in more mature, discerning, and accountable ways?
The keynote address will be given by Sharon Stein, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia.
Gelingensbedingungen für die Durchführung international ausgerichteter Lehre
International ausgerichtete Lehre zu organisieren, durchzuführen und zu begleiten ist für Lehrende häufig mit Mehraufwand verbunden. Wir möchten in einer Fish-Bowl-Diskussion daher gemeinsam mit Erfahrungsträger:innen, die bereits vielfältige international ausgerichtete Lehrkonzepte umgesetzt haben, auf Gelingensbedingungen für die Umsetzung solcher Lehrangebote schauen. Gemeinsam werden wir verschiedene Formen von international ausgerichteter Lehre kennenlernen und im Austausch mit Ihnen – den Teilnehmenden - eine Checkliste erarbeiten, die wichtige Tipps und Tricks für die Gestaltung international ausgerichteter Lehre zusammenfasst.
This panel will be held in German and is organised by Jana Riedel (AK E-Learning der LRK Sachsen), Claudia Albrecht (Technische Universität Dresden) and Susan Lippmann (Hochschule Mittweida).
Promoting Digital and International Teaching: Insights & Good Practices
This panel has the form of an interactive world café, where individual tables are hosted by higher education teachers who are practically involved in international digital teaching. While giving insights into their own work and experiences, they actively involve all interested participants in the discussion of different pre-established topics and ensure the transferability of gained insights across disciplines.
The overall aim of this panel is to collaboratively create a position paper for good practices in international teaching projects and to compile a summary of ideas for future endeavours in this area.
This panel will be held in English. It is organised by the DICE team and will be moderated by Malte Persike, Scientific Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Services (CLS) at RWTH Aachen University.
Internationalization in higher education: benefits, challenges and future developments
The international dimensions in higher education have evolved in a substantive way, but also moved in all kinds of different directions. This keynote explores the evolution of internationalisation in higher education, its main benefits and challenges and lessons that can be learned from the past for the future of internationalisation. In addition, it highlights its opportunities and risks and the key emerging strategies as well as geopolitical challenges in internationalisation and how to best address them.
This keynote will be delivered by Hans de Wit, former Director of the Center for International Higher Education (2015-2020) at Boston College.
Thanks to the funding of the DICE Conference by the Innovation in Higher Education Foundation [Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre], participation is free of charge for both active contributors and interested audience members.
Panels and contributions are intended to provide insights into current, empirical studies on the topic of international, digital teaching as well as concrete examples from the practice of higher education teaching.
Needless to say, the DICE Conference highly welcomes everyone who deals with international, digital teaching or is interested in the topic to become part of the conference audience.