• Datum:  26.04.2024
  • Uhrzeit:  10:00 bis 11:30 Uhr
  • Ort: Online
  • Sprache:  English

Thinking, Learning and Researching Together: Communities of Inquiry and the Higher Education of Tomorrow

© Colourbox (Viktoriia Kazakova)
Projektteam Zentrum für Internationales

Current educational programs and curricula emphasize the promotion of so-called “future skills” for the 21st century, aiming to prepare learners successfully for complex societal, ecological, economic and technological challenges. Core competencies include critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication—whether in a digital, analog, or hybrid context, in the workplace, or as active citizens. However, several international studies indicate that learners at universities and colleges often lack these competencies. On the contrary, science repeatedly proves that scientific communities and research collaborations can generate the required competencies, achieving groundbreaking research results or technological advancements that can significantly influence our world.
The concept of Communities of Inquiry (COI), established in the English-speaking world, attempts to successfully transfer the success criteria of research communities to the organization and design of teaching and learning in the higher education context. The approach should sustainably promote the mentioned future skills, especially regarding the design of digitally enriched teaching and learning scenarios, such as in international degree programs.
COI is based on three key components: cognitive presence, social presence and teaching presence, which, in synergy, aim to enable effective educational experiences through exploratory, experience-based, reflective and discursive learning in a community.
The presentation delves deeper into these interconnections, introducing COI as a framework for the design of teaching and learning scenarios. The model provides practical and useful design recommendations and impulses for the development of innovative (digitally supported) teaching and learning arrangements, relevant for example for the development of international study programs. The presentation is complemented with empirical results from educational research to substantiate the assumptions made in the model.


  • The COI Model and it’s individual elements
  • The process of reflective inquiry
  • Practical design principles for creating COI-teaching/learning scenarios and beyond
  • Empirical findings on COI

The presentation is not only relevant for university teachers, but also for designers of teaching-learning situations. Interested students are invited as well to share their perspectives on this topic.

Date: Friday, 26 April 2024


  • 08:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m. in Togo, Senegal, Ghana and Mali
  • 09:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in Tunisia and Nigeria
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Germany (CEST) and South Africa
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Ethiopia and Kenya
  • 15:00 p.m. – 16:30 p.m. in Thailand

Speaker: Dr. Dirk Jahn

Registration: hswt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpf-ipqTIqGtYVMmjs4R_UkY5KuOAnBzhJ

The event is organised in frame of the projects "HAW.International" (DAAD, BMBF) and "Developing Digital Teaching Materials" (GIZ, BMZ). If you have any questions, please contact Eva Zech (eva.zech@hswt.de) or Dr. Christa Baldioli (christa.baldioli@hswt.de).

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