Completed Projects

LeLeCon - Lehr-Lern-Controlling

LeLeCon Research project: Cost-benefit calculation of blended-learning vs. traditional teaching

Project management: Prof. Dr. Heiner Barz, Department of Educational Research and Educational Management, HHU

Project team/ partner: Prof. Klaus-Peter Franz, Lehrstuhl für BWL, insbesondere Unternehmensführung und Controlling, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Prof. Ulrich Decking, geschäftsführender Studiendekan, Medizinische Fakultät, Anna Schwickerath (M.A.), Abteilung für Bildungsforschung und Bildungsmanagement, Dipl.-Kfm. Thomas Schiffer, Lehrstuhl für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, insbes. Unternehmensprüfung und Controlling, Nora Constanze Vogt, Institut für Herz- und Kreislaufphysiologie

Funding: BMBF

Duration: November 2008 – October 2011

Intention and Concept:
LeLeCon is an empirical study about the costs and expenditure (for example of time) needed to develop, perform and evaluate blended-learning courses in comparison to traditional academic teaching.

It also deals with the impact of faculty cultures on the individual perception of work load.

Research questions are: What does academic teaching cost? Can blended learning save us time and money or is it more time-consuming than traditional academic teaching?

The project is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Higher Education Marketing – International Blended Learning Course

Project management: Prof. Dr. Heiner Barz, Anja Kirberg, M.A., Simon Helmecke (student assistant), Department of Educational Research and Management, HHU 

Funding: Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (HHU)

Duration: October 2010 - October 2011

Intention & Concept:
Due to a decline of state control as well as less state funding for universities the relevance of Higher Education Marketing is increasing. Students are treated like customers and universities start to understand their range of study courses as services.

The Blended Learning course “Higher Education Marketing” offers students a combination of theory & practice of HE Marketing in Germany and abroad. After studying the basics of HE Marketing via a learning module at the VLE Moodle they have the chance to learn from professionals off- and online.

Experts from abroad give talks via a virtual classroom (Adobe Connect). Dr. Felix Maringe of the University of Southampton talks about HE Marketing research and Katja Lamping gives an insight in HE Marketing practice at the King’s College of London.


Sociology of Education intercultural online

Project management: Prof. Dr. Heiner Barz, Anja Kirberg M.A., Melanie Brock  and Angelika Reinhardt (student assistants), Departement of Educational Research and Mangement, HHU

Funding: Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund HHU

Duration: October 2009 - October 2010

Intention and Concept:

"Going global" in higher education means usually that students and academics experience higher education abroad to expand their knowledge of other cultures, languages and scientific discourses, and to better equip themselves in an increasingly globalized labour market.

But what if studying abroad is not a compulsory part of students? studies? How can international mobility be included into the curriculum to prepare and motivate students to go abroad despite key barriers like lack of information, languages, cultural and financial issues? Our teaching project ?Sociology of Education Intercultural? demonstrates how a blended learning class can lead undergraduate students to intercultural learning experience and encourage them to study abroad. Due to excellent evaluation results our teaching project will last until summer 2010. The blended learning class is embedded in ILIAS a German virtual learning environment with forums and learning modules. To communicate with international partners we use a virtual classroom and Skype.

In the course "Sociology of Education intercultural online" in winter 08/09 and summer 09 our students had the chance to discuss the similarities and differences of the German and American educational system as well as the issues of first generation students with our American cooperation partners Ellen Eckman and Heidi Schweizer (Marquette University/Milwaukee) and David John Frank (University of California/Irvine).

This winter term our students will do their own qualitative research project. They will interview foreign students via Skype about conditions of study and living. The interview outcomes results will be analysed and presented on their own ePortfolios (Mahara). During the whole class our students will be encouraged to practice peer-review techniques.



Project "KomWeit"

Project management: Prof. Dr. Rudolf Tippelt, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Prof. Dr. Heiner Barz, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Funding: BMBF, Bonn 

Duration: May 2007 - April 2009

Intention and Concept:
KomWeit is an empirical study concerning the increase of enrollment in further education and improvement of vocational opportunities due to the enhancement of competences among teachers in further education.

Sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research the project analyses teachers’ competences from three different point of views: Qualitative surveys include course tutors (micro-level), administrative staff (meso-level) and executive staff of further education institutions (macro-level). Furthermore within a multi-level Delphi-survey experts are being interviewed.

KomWeit is a cooperation project between the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Prof. Dr. R. Tippelt) and the Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf (Prof. Dr. H. Barz).


Online Multimedia Tutorial Youth Research

Project management: Prof. Dr. Heiner Barz, Department of Educational Research and Mangement, HHU

Funding: DLR on behalf of BMBF, Bonn

Duration: October 2001 - September 2003

After the funding by bmb+f the project will continue by using own resources of the  HHU Duesseldorf, the University of Munich and in cooperation with the FH Duesseldorf.

Intention and Concept:
Development, testing and implementation of an online learning module about youth research

The Online Multimedia Tutorial Youth Research has an interdisciplinary approach, focussing on educational issues concerning youth and is a hypertext-based online document that contains audio, video and image files. The product was initially designed for teacher education.

Cooperation partners are Prof. Dr. Rudolf Tippelt, Department of Education at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Dr. Thomas Eckert, senior lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and Education at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, and Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gloger-Tippelt, School of Education at the Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf.

They are part of three schools of education with a great commitment to teacher education. Prof. Dr. Barz is the manager of the project, which is funded within the program "New Media in Education" offered by the BMBF.

The project was an important milestone in enhancing E-Learning and lead to new E-Learning-initiatives at the University of Duesseldorf such as:

  • HeinEcomp
  • Designing online content with Prof. Dr. Andrea von Hülsen-Esch, HHU Düsseldorf for a museum exhibition about “Totentanz” (“Dance of Death”)
  • Cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf