Background to the joint project

The BMBF-funded Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society - The German Internet Institute was founded in 2017 with headquarters in Berlin and a location in Potsdam. The institute's mission is to investigate current societal changes that are emerging in connection with digitization and to outline future political and economic options for action. Shaping digitization for the benefit of society and protecting self-determination and engagement in the networked society are the focus of research. The institute comprises 6 areas with a total of 20 research groups.
Funding: 2017 - 2022

Context of the research project at the Chair of Information Systems, Processes and Systems at the University of Potsdam

Digital technologies and the Internet influence all areas of life and place new demands on education and training. It is the goal of the research group to accompany and research the entire path of an individual as a knowledge carrier in the digital world and to formulate recommendations. Related research focuses include relevant competencies, approaches to digital education in the classroom, ways to design digital learning opportunities, and how to avoid devaluing and support the valorization of vocational qualifications.

Research group 7: Education and training in the digital society

In the area of knowledge, education, and social inequality, the Chair of Information Systems at the University of Potsdam has taken on the seventh research group, Education and Continuing Education in the Digital Society. The research group is particularly dedicated to the following questions:

  • What socially significant changes are associated with the digitalization of education and continuing education?
  • How do key players (schools, companies) deal with the topics of education and continuing education and how can they be be supported?
  • What role do digitally supported teaching and learning concepts play?


The design of teaching and learning processes

Based on a design-oriented approach, the empirically gained insights will be used to design teaching and learning processes on an individual and group level. Furthermore, research will be conducted on how the theoretical foundations of knowledge and learning change or need to change in the course of digitalization, how and whether machines and artificial intelligence can be considered as knowledge carriers, and where the specifics and possible limits of knowledge transfer between human-machine lie. Through cooperation with research institutions and international conferences with workshops and presentations, the research findings gained will be made visible.