Transfer-oriented teaching methods enable proactive learning strategies and encourage critical thinking. A clear focus on practical implementation can help encourage student commitment and learning success.
We generally differentiate between three individual formats that share certain characteristics: “practice-oriented teaching”, “research-oriented teaching” and “service learning”.
Their university education is meant to prepare students for the demands of the professional world. It is therefore vitally important to introduce practical aspects into university teaching early on. Project partnerships with external partners from industry, for instance, encourage students to establish a firm relationship between university theory and real-world practice.
A key objective of research-oriented teaching formats is to make research a priority in the classroom. Students take part in the entire research process, starting with the formulation of hypotheses via the selection of a suitable research methodology and its practical application to processing and presenting the results. This firm rooting in reality cultivates subject-specific skills and long-term learning achievement.
- Research-oriented learning as a study-support process. Concept, implementation, principles and perspectives (Elsner, Daniel) (in German)
- Lehre Laden: Research-oriented learning (Ruhr Universität Bochum) (in German)
- Hochschuldidaktik A - Z (ABC of university didactics): Research-oriented learning (University of Zurich) (in German)
During their studies, students should also acquire the ability to take on social responsibility and to apply what they have learned as students to their professional work. Service Learning trains students to combine what they have learned in their seminars with volunteer activities. This way, students learn to appreciate the social relevance of their study programmes, which in turn results in greater motivation and commitment to their learning objectives.