NRW State Funding: Innovative Teaching in Economics I Mona Mensmann


Poverty, climate change, gender equity: major challenges of our time need innovative solutions. That is why the Federal Ministry of Culture and Science NRW is funding a joint project of the universities of Cologne, Münster and Paderborn to develop digital and innovative studying techniques.

The project “Digital Innovation and Sustainable Development” aims to further anchor the topics of sustainability, digitization and innovation in economics programs at university and to provide corresponding teaching materials for other disciplines. In terms of content, students work out case studies based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Lecturers can adapt the content to different target groups (Bachelor/Master) and formats (small groups/large events). To do so, they are given access to content in a variety of formats, such as video clips and additional materials for the students, as well as curricula and exam blueprints for different target groups and formats.

The content can be further developed in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in the long term. Within the framework of the project, the University of Cologne (Prof. Mona Mensmann, Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute) is cooperating with the WWU Münster (Prof. Dr. Tobias Brandt) and the University of Paderborn (Prof. Dr. Milad Mirbabaie).


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