CeDiS Advice: Innovative Teaching and Research Activities with Digital Media and Technologies

In its role as a central provider of integrated services and individual advising services, CeDiS supports the institutions of Freie Universität in utilizing digital technologies and media in teaching and research activities. As an expert partner on technology-assisted teaching and learning activities, CeDiS develops innovative solutions for e-learning scenarios - from advising and conceptual design through to implementation and evaluation. The center’s services include advising and supervision during initial introduction of e-learning as well as support during the optimization of e-learning solutions and a broad range of continuing education options.

The CeDiS advising team pools our years of expertise on the use of digital technologies in the higher education environment.

CeDiS Advising Services at a Glance:

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From production of teaching films, recording of lectures, and presentations for later posting on the Internet to production of videos in oder to present the results of research to a broader audience - CeDiS can support you in the conceptual design, planning, and implementation of various projects of this type.

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CeDiS provides advice and support to scholars, scientists and researchers, all institutions at Freie Universität, and external interested parties in designing websites, publications, informational materials, and further print and online applications. The use of Freie Universität corporate design in the Web and print segments is a particular field where the design team at the Center for Digital Systems provides advice. Lecturers can also turn to the team for detailed advice and support on the didactic conceptual design and implementation of animations, learning environments and all other digital teaching materials.

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Advice from CeDiS can help you gain an overview of the various scenarios for using new media in teaching activities, exploring topics such as ways to supplement classroom instruction with online elements (blended learning) effectively via the centralized Blackboard learning platform or Web 2.0 tools such as wikis and blogs. These activities also include providing support during the conceptual design of computer-based testing scenarios geared specifically to your content and teaching objectives.

CeDiS also offers lecturers, members of Freie Universität and other institutions a broad range of training options regarding teaching with digital media. With the goal of not merely teaching the blended learning concept in theory, but also putting it into practice ourselves, our training courses and classes consist of classroom and online phases that are specifically designed to go together.

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Freie Universität offers all newly appointed professors with the starter kit a special service for the introduction into teaching, learning and research with digital media and technologies available at Freie Universität. The package includes personal coaching and training on the central systems of the university and is intended to provide a quick and easy entry to the university’s digital infrastructure, e-learning, web publishing services, and corporate design.

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The university management of Freie Universität supports e-learning with the “Freie Universität E-Learning Support Program” and is thus committed to achieving lasting improvements in the quality of teaching through the support of technology and media. Advice from CeDiS can show you ways to support your individual plans and projects. CeDiS is happy to assist you in writing applications and applying for external funding projects using digital applications.

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CeDiS prepares web-based publication solutions as well as multimedia and collaborative online portals for use in academia and research, especially in the humanities and social sciences (e-humanities). CeDiS provides advice on topics related to the Semantic Web as well as on the conceptual design, creation, development and provision of multimedia archives and their use in teaching and research.

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In case you are responsible for providing pre-departure preparation and support for international students, graduates, post-graduates or researchers at Freie Universität Berlin, then you are invited to use the online coaching platform "Distributed Campus". Distributed Campus offers a great variety of academic, intercultural and every-day information modules on Germany, Berlin and Freie Universität - in German as well as in English. Program-specific materials can be added easily.

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Advice from CeDiS offers scientists, scholars, researchers, and institutions within and outside of Freie Universität Berlin support for electronic online publishing as well as detailed information on developments in the context of open access publishing, especially on the possibilities of receiving aid and funding.

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We can show you options and strategies for using central systems and software solutions, such as the content management system of Freie Universität, which can be used to create and easily update websites, Web 2.0 applications for interactive student involvement in teaching activities, and knowledge management in research.

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