The Research Institute for Technology-Enhanced Learning and Innovative Education and Training (TELIT) undertakes theoretical and applied research, as well as projects transferring this research to practice and policy, in the fields of in technology-enhanced learning, economic and business education, and vocational training.
To this end, TELIT is dedicated to the development of strategies, innovations, and applications in these fields of research. TELIT has demonstrated extensive success with its three-fold focus on European and international research, as well as academic and vocational training. Counting among the leading research institutions in the aforementioned fields, TELIT is active in Germany, Europe, and internationally achieving an average annual income from third-party funding of around 3 million euros.
Today, educational and vocational training systems are confronted with critical challenges due to the process of globalisation and increasingly interconnected information systems. TELIT is working to address these challenges with its experienced and interdisciplinary research team through national and international research and development projects in the fields of e-learning, professional development, as well as quality and competence development in business informatics and vocational education. TELIT has coordinated or acted as quality management for over 50 projects, including the largest national e-learning project (Q.E.D., 4 mil. €) and largest European e-learning project (ODS, with 52 partners from 28 countries, 15.3 mil. €).
TELIT’s research is complemented by activities in academic and vocational education. The “Virtual Continuing Education Program for Business Information Systems” (Virtueller Weiterbildungsstudiengang Wirtschaftsinformatik – VAWI) began as the first purely e-learning based course of studies in 2003 and students are accredited with an official M. Sc. Degree upon completion. TELIT has also been successful with its training and certification program for the enterprise resource planning software SAP (erp4students), previously exclusive for German-speaking students since its founding in 2006, but now available worldwide in over 70 countries. Moreover, TELIT is a founding member of Academy Cube, a member of the German E-learning Association, and counts the chairperson of the International Board of Economics and Business Knowledge (IBEBK e. V.) among its core team. TELIT annually organises and hosts the international conference on “Learning Innovations and Quality” (LINQ - www.learning-innovations.eu), which welcomed over 200 participants from four continents in 2013. Additionally, TELIT is embedded in both European (CEN) and international (ISO) standardisation with the goal of developing better quality, interoperability, and reutilisation for future learning. To this end, TELIT provides the International Chair for Quality Standards in Education (ISO PC 288) and the European Chair for Standards in E-learning (CEN TC 353).
The current research foci of TELIT lie in the development of innovative education methods, ranging from studies of business competence in China, economic and business studies in German higher education, and quality management in internet-based teaching, learning, and collaboration, to investigations of the potential of open education, technology-enhanced examination systems, competence and cultural questions, and vocational education and training in an international context.