E-Learning: Primary Education - Development and evaluation of a virtual course on 'Primary Education' in English

Third party funded individual grant

Project Details

Project leader:
Dr. Günter Renner
Prof. Dr. Sabine Martschinke

Project members:
Julia Reichenbacher

Contributing FAU Organisations:
Lehrstuhl für Grundschulpädagogik und -didaktik mit dem Schwerpunkt Umgang mit Heterogenität

Funding source: Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern
Start date: 01/03/2017
End date: 31/03/2021

Research Fields

Unterrichts- und Lehrerinnen- und Lehrerbildungsforschung im Grundschulbereich
Institut für Grundschulforschung

Abstract (technical / expert description):

With the introduction of virtual courses, a form of teaching has been developed over the past few years which also allows studying methods to be extended flexibly and offer students a way of working according to their individual learning styles.

The objective of this project is to develop a virtual course on “Primary Education” on the StudOn (ILIAS) learning platform. This work will draw on many different aspects relevant to media education which will add value to the courses offered online. Every effort will be made to incorporate engaging content to motivate learning and sociocommunicative elements – such as animations and forums. An important component of the virtual course will be an option for students to gain feedback during the online seminar. This will be implemented with self-testing tasks and professional supervision through e-tutors.  Online seminars enable students to study wherever and whenever they need to and teaches important media skills.

The course will initially show the most important developments in the internationalisation of education. It will also address key questions surrounding the tasks and functions of primary schools and primary school teacher training in international comparison. A further part of the course will describe selected education systems in Europe. This section will focus particularly on primary schools and primary school teacher training.  Each description will be accompanied by information on the historical and cultural context of each country.

Several international partner universities will contribute to the development of the course. In addition to German students, the course is also aimed at English-speaking students who are studying in Germany or at a partner university in their country. This will enable networking and collaboration between students and teachers from different countries.

In this vein, the course not only covers internationalisation but will also directly allow students and lecturers to collaborate and share experiences beyond national boundaries.

A course demonstration will be available at: www.vhb.org

Project schedule

March 2016–February 2017: Phase 1: Course development

March 2017–February 2018: Phase 2: Interim evaluation and revision

From March 2019: Phase 3: Final evaluation

External Partners

Universität Augsburg
University of Szeged / József Attila Tudományegyetem Szeged


Renner, G. (2019). E-Learning in higher education - Online courses in primary education. (Unpublished, In press).

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