Quality in virtual learning environments
Optimising the didactic quality of blended learning is a complex process where didactics and learning psychology, ICT and design, marketing, organisational development and the squaring of the circle meet.
The objective is to promote active, continuous and skills-focused learning in close cooperation with stakeholders while applying the most relevant theories, such as the in-house devised Didactic Tetrahedron, that illustrates how the various dimensions of blended learning interact:
At the IFeL, we work with an innovative combination of quality criteria, teaching support and applied research. Using the didactics of distance learning as a foundation, we have developed examples and coaching elements for the areas of structure and dialogue in teaching and increasing learner autonomy.
On this basis, we develop and research learning environments, the formulation of «frameworks of reference» for skills descriptions, the development of learning objectives and the qualitative differentiation of these objectives by means of rubrics, e-tivities according to G. Salmon, micro-communication types for interventions, cooperation and guidance for self-regulation, evaluation methods and more.