Prof. Dr. Christoph Igel, Scientific Director of the DFKI’s EdTec Lab, has been a visiting professor at the FernUniversität in Hagen since October 2018. He is supporting the ‘Digitalisation. Diversity. Lifelong Learning. Consequences for Higher Education’ research focus by providing expertise in expanding the possibilities of academic education using artificial intelligence methods and innovative software technologies.
This research focus tackles a question that is highly relevant to the entire higher education landscape: what are the consequences and underlying conditions of digitalisation? It concentrates on three challenges that are relevant to transfer in higher education: (1) How can the opportunities of digitalising a university’s core operating processes be appropriately put to use? (2) How can we respond to the increasing diversity of target groups? (3) How do we develop suitable higher-education forms of lifelong learning?
The research focus is application-oriented: research findings can be directly tackled during the course of studies or in pilot projects with large groups of (remote) students, enabling robust social testing. Together with Prof. Dr. Claudia de Witt (FernUniversität in Hagen), Prof. Igel is responsible for the scientific running of the research focus’s ‘AI.EDU Research Lab’ project as part of an existing cooperation between the FernUniversität in Hagen and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). Dr. Milos Kravcik and Dr. Xia Wang at the DFKI’s EdTec Lab are also involved in the ‘AI.EDU Research Lab’ project.