We propose that teaching should be seen as a design task. The educationalist Peter Goodyear has coined the term 'teaching as design'. Essentially, it is about designing 'environments' for learning and learning activities and thinking about them in a process of planning, implementation and improvement (see also Gabi Reinmann 2021, p. 6) (in German).

One way of designing teaching is the concept of blended learning, which can be understood pragmatically as

  • an enrichment of pure face-to-face teaching with media-supported elements and
  • a didactically reflected interlocking of synchronous and asynchronous learning phases.

The spectrum ranges from the supportive use of media in synchronous and asynchronous learning phases (e.g. the use of digital tools) to the media-supported design of individual event elements (e.g. self-directed learning for the preparation and follow-up of a seminar) to the implementation of a complete blended learning format, such as the flipped classroom.

Blended learning offers advantages such as flexibility of time and place for the learner and the ability to adapt the pace of learning. However, care must be taken to ensure that the transition from traditional teaching to an online environment is well planned and coordinated. Another advantage is that different media can address different learning preferences of students.


We have summarised the recommendations for the organisation of your lessons in a number of sections.

Organising the teaching

When planning courses, there are always administrative tasks to consider, as well as organising the content (intranet, VPN access required)

Conceptionalising teaching

On this website you will find information and materials to help you plan your courses effectively and design them didactically.

Reflecting on teaching

Self-reflection is an important stimulus for the development of teaching in higher education, as well as for the personal development of teachers. On this website and elsewhere, we offer tips on how teachers and students can successfully reflect on teaching and learning.

Innovation in teaching

Reflecting on teaching can lead to innovations that open up new perspectives and motivate students, ultimately increasing learning. In this section and on the other pages, we explain how teaching innovation can be successful.