In a literal sense, innovations are initially just "new features", not necessarily improvements. In order for these innovations to be established as improvements in a profitable way, a process is required in which all those involved become familiar with the innovation.

This can be a complex and time-consuming process, involving uncertainty and doubt, and may well involve setbacks, but these should not be discouraging. Especially in complicated cases, it can be helpful to change only a few aspects at first and to approach the target image in small steps.

Like teaching itself, innovation is not an end in itself and always interacts with social phenomena. It reflects developments that can also be found in non-academic contexts and for which university students need to be prepared. For example, in a digitalised world, university teaching is also obliged to enable digital innovation and to teach the corresponding media skills.

Innovations at Leuphana

Leuphana's Teaching Service supports you with your ideas and visions for incorporating innovative elements into your teaching. As a first step, we would like to introduce you to selected innovations at Leuphana on the following pages. The pages will be continuously updated and adapted to the latest developments.

Hybrid teaching

Hybrid teaching formats enable synchronous online participation in face-to-face courses on campus. The aim of a good hybrid set-up is to enable people connected online to participate as equally as possible. It is based on a solid technical and didactic concept.

Game-based education

Gamification and game-based education have been shown to have a positive effect on students' motivation to learn. Traditional learning formats can be supplemented with playful means, or entirely new games can be designed to achieve learning objectives.

Artificial intelligence in higher education

Especially since the publication of ChatGPT, there has been a lively debate about the extent to which artificial intelligence will change university teaching in the future. There are already first approaches on how generative AI can be used in teaching in a didactically valuable way.

Would you like to learn more about the innovations presented and/or possibly implement them? Do you have your own innovative ideas that you would like to discuss? If so, please contact the Teaching Service and let us work together to see how you can organise them. You can also take advantage of our training programme for higher education didactics, which offers training courses or exchange formats on the topics presented at regular intervals.