Participation of Students
The concept of the “International Project” (IPC) is designed with phases attended online as well as phases with physical presence required. We start with one kick-off session, describing the conception and introducing teachers and tutors (students, who already took the class and are available as direct contact person via mail, chat, discussion board or simply one-on-one). The aim of designing this module was to boost autonomy and one’s own initiative in the framework of the new structure of studies. The IPC-project enables research studies with concrete, self-developed questions according to one’s subject of studies. Therefore the students are responsible for their learning processes and results,
by choosing a topic,
organizing working teams,
develop questions and schedules,
collecting and interpreting data and
create a combined presentation.
The students have a wide range of topics to choose from according to their field of study. They are asked to bring in their suggestions and ideas to discuss with teachers and tutors.
The teachers prepare the tutors in a way that qualifies them to take on executive functions supervising their groups, assisting with blogs, wikis or take care for deadlines (for intermediate results, updates on websites, comments and postings).
The professors provide assistance in academic, methodic and organizational questions. They recommend literature and advise in each step of the project work. They function as supporting learning companion, providing help when needed. With the combination of online phases and physical presence the students can be supervised all the time. Each participating university provides at least one native language professor and one native-language tutor for supervision. They act as contact person for all students every day at least via online communication.