Learning, knowledge, innovation: The change in knowledge production, organisation and transfer through digital innovation

Digitisation is fundamentally changing our conception of knowledge. Volunteers are using the internet to develop open source software – on a decentralised and self-organised basis – or they are working on creating the biggest library in the history of humankind. Within citizen science projects, citizens are supporting scientists in gaining new insights and digital technologies are increasingly supporting learning in schools and universities. In the future, the question will arise of what role artificial intelligence will play in political and scientific decision making.

Research Programme III – Knowledge, education, innovation

deals with topics at the intersection of digitisation and knowledge and explores how digitisation is transforming the production, management and distribution of knowledge.
The goal of the research programme is to conduct excellent interdisciplinary research. Besides scientific publications, the programme offers transfer benefits by developing teaching and communication strategies.

Currently, the programme focuses on two thematic priorities:

Innovation in higher education

Thematic priority I discusses innovation in higher education. In cooperation with Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the goal is to produce empirical and international case studies that show the impact of integrating digital teaching and learning innovations on universities and learning success. The project ist supported by the Commerzbank-Stiftung. 

Transfer of knowledge and Impact

Thematic priority II deals with the societal impact of scientific research. Within this project, researchers will develop a multidimensional quantitative system of indicators to measure the impact of the sciences and will test these indicators for selected periods of time. The setting up of the blog elephaninthelab.org has established a platform that discusses new forms of impact. In addition, a teaching concept has been developed in cooperation with Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0.

Selected Publications

Fecher, B., Fräßdorf, M., Hebing, M., & Wagner, G. G. (2017). Replikationen, Reputation und gute wissenschaftliche Praxis. Information – Wissenschaft & Praxis, 68(3). Publication details

Flath, C.M., Friesike, S., Wirth, M. & Thiesse, F. (2017). Copy, transform, combine: exploring the remix as a form of innovation. Journal of Information Technology. Publication details

Hofmann, J. (2016). Open Access: Ein Lackmustest. In Dreier, T., Fischer, V., van Raay, A., Spiecker gen. Döhmann, I. (Eds.), Informationen der öffentlichen Hand – Zugang und Nutzung (pp. 511-535). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. Publication details


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