Dennerlein Sebastian, Pammer-Schindler Viktoria, Maitz Katharina, Ebner Markus, Getzinger Günter, Ebner Martin
TEL Marketplace – A Sandpit- and Co-Design-informed Innovation Process for Implementing TEL Research in Higher Education
International Conference on Human-Centered Digitalization - Workshop:
Innovating Digital Education and Skills in Different Cultures, on a Global Scope and in an Interdisciplinary Context
Innovating digital education in a sustainable manner requires a human-centered approach. Perspectives of all relevant stakeholders must be respected in a responsible innovation process to address actual problems in teaching as well as learning and increase acceptance of a Technology-Enhanced-Learning (TEL) solution. In higher education, this requires an interdisciplinary iterative co-design process including researchers, teachers, students and all other university institutions and their representatives being affected by the digital teaching and/or learning innovation. We suggest an innovation process called TEL Marketplace following the idea of a sandpit or idealab. First, it offers a place for exchange in form of a f2f-marketplace, where researchers present their TEL innovations for discussion, problem-mapping and team formation with lecturers and students. Second, a two-step process takes place consisting of a competitive call for the distribution of funding among the submissions and a cooperative innovation phase for co-creation of the TEL solutions in the selected innovation-teams before implementing and evaluating them in university courses. For the cooperative innovation process, we developed a “University Innovation Canvas” that serves as a boundary object for the interdisciplinary innovation-teams and triggers reflection about important factors to be respected for a sustainable implementation. Thereby, the canvas represents a ‘living document’ evolving alongside the innovation process and allowing for targeted feedback and support. The end of the TEL Marketplace represents the beginning of the next iteration. Previously funded projects provide input for new projects and, at the same time, can apply for another round of funding with new goals. The maturity of the developed innovations then informs the decision for continuation or standardization. The TEL Marketplace, therefore, aims at leveraging existing research results and establishing a living community of practice, whilst preventing to fund “research for the sake of research” and reaching punctual impact, only.