Research for higher education of the future

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You cannot put students in a box. They are a group of people, characterized by diversity. In addition, lifelong learning is becoming more and more important and the digital change affects almost all areas of life. Digitalization offers chances and possibilities to address this diverse student body in a personalized and adaptive manner.

The Research Center aims at issues like:

  • What possibilities does digitalization offer?
  • How can we use artificial intelligence to support learners as well as teachers?
  • In what way does a personalized and adaptive online learning environment support students and lecturers?
  • What characteristics of students have an effect on their learning success and how can we support a diverse student body in the best way?

Research for and in practice

Almost 78,000 students are studying in a hybrid manner due to distance learning and are so diverse in terms of their age, origin, and educational background that is unparalleled in comparison to most other German universities. Where, if not here, could you better investigate in how online systems support learners and teachers in the best way possible? Cooperating closely with the faculties and its students, the Research Center provides findings from practice that are integrated back into practice.

In the interdisciplinary research center CATALPA, we are closely cooperating with students. We want to provide a model case for the transformation towards personalized higher education with regard to actual implementation. We use our research results to offer learners adaptive methods for the wide range of learnings processes. Learners and teachers benefit from the recommendations that we are developing in the transformation process.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedrich W. Hesse
  • Learn more about the vision that CATALPA follows with its work and what goals the Research Center intends to achieve.

    to the „Mission Statement and Goals“

  • Excellent research with research professorships: our first professorship is in Computational Linguistics and another one is already being planned in detail. Learn more about our professorships on these pages.

    to the research professorships

  • With its early career research groups, CATALPA offers ideal conditions for post-docs to start their careers in research.

    to the junior research groups

  • Interdisciplinary teams, exchange, and networking: CATALPA researchers, cooperation partners, and researchers from the faculties of the FernUniversität jointly gather a wide range of findings in projects.

    to the projects

  • Always up to date: our CATALPA researchers are involved in various networks. Learn more.

    to the networks and platforms