Self image and goals of the Institute
The Institute of Media und Educational-Technology (imb) is an interdisciplinary academic institution of the faculty for Philosophy and Social Science. It started as an integration of the two departments for Communication Studies and Media Pedagogy and the former Video Laboratory. It was recently supplemented by the department of Digital Media. Upon request, other departments and institutions that focus on communication, media and educational technology, can become members of the institute.
Role and Functions of the Institute
The members of the imb focus on academic research, development and application concerning media and educational technology. Furthermore, they are involved in academic teaching and provide service and support in their respective working areas.
We analyze new technological developments in the field of education as well as public and interpersonal communications. In our analyses we study the potential of media and educational technology for information, communication, education and the transfer of academic knowledge. Our research takes place within in fields of our own disciplines (Communication Studies, Media Pedagogy, Media Technology) as well as in interdisciplinary projects that partly include external partners.
We develop new technologies for the presentation and dissemination of information and knowledge and for the improvement of the processes that link teaching and studying. The institute gives us a room for experiments in developing new instruments, concepts and applications that are then being analyzed, tested and distributed.
The departments of Communication Studies, Media Pedagogy and Digital Media provide input for the Bachelor and Master Study program "Media and Communication". The Media Laboratory offers additionally practical courses in the production of media. Furthermore, we are part of the B.A. Educational Studies and the B.A. Social Science and offer classes for the B.Sc. Informatics and Multimedia.
Service and Support
Finally, we provide support for other members of the university regarding the use of media and educational technologies and the refining of (academic) content for the internal and external communication.