Florence is a professor and digital enthusiast. She creatively harnesses the full potential of digitalisation in academic teaching. This leads to new challenges which will enable brand-new opportunities for international cooperation.
In addition to fascinating German projects, Florence discovers a research project in Spain—they are developing and testing a tool similar to what she is looking for.
Collaborating with the Spanish lecturer Cecilia serves as an immense inspiration for Florence.
The two dedicated lecturers are planning to visit one another for some time in order to learn from each other. Thanks to Erasmus+, they are able to meet during a teacher exchange. For 6 weeks respectively, Florence will be in Sevilla and Cecilia will be in Schönburg. Florence is also involving her departmental colleagues, who are looking forward to the new input from Spain.
This is an infographic under Creative Common License (CC BY-SA) about the “Dimensions of Student Diversity in Germany” based on this chart of the CHE. Florence made this visualisation and is going to use it in her next lecture. You can download this chart in different file formats and use it in educational contexts!
For her courses, Florence uses and creates Open Educational Resources (OER), license-free material that can be used in educational contexts. There are different online platforms that offer a variety of OER, for example openRUB or OER-Hörnchen(in German). Within the scope of supporting OER initiatives, the BMBF is funding the research project “EduArc” which develops a digital infrastructure for OER between universities.
Florence wrote her dissertation on the topic of peer learning in different educational sectors.
Tim is a third-semester student in educational sciences at the University of Schönburg. Last semester, he quit Florence’s course after three weeks. But he needs this module, so he asked Florence for a meeting to talk about his personal situation. The last semester was not easy for Tim. He hopes Florence will offer an alternative solution when she understands his financial and schedule problems.
It’s not easy to balance family life and a job. Florence can share tasks with her husband, but opportunities for shared professional experiences are incredibly important. This is why Florence’s husband and their son Luca will travel to Sevilla for an extended weekend. So they can get valuable insight in Florence’s exciting time in Spain.
Thanks to various initiatives like EduGain and EU-wide efforts to better connect university infrastructure, Florence is always connected to all web services her host university in Sevilla provides. She can assist students in digitally-driven projects and can use the library and similar services like she is used to.
When the semester and Florence’s course finally come to an end, she receives mostly positive feedback from her students about the use and additional value of this tool for course preparation.
Florence gets in touch with a university in Sevilla and explains her interest and her willingness to use their tool together with her students. Florence and the Spanish lecturer Cecilia immediately like each other and reach an agreement. Florence can use the tool. The collected data will be available to Florence as well as to a Spanish research team, launching a joint research expedition.
Her family is the most important thing in Florence’s life. She can always rely on her husband Stefan. He supports her in everyday matters and also provides valuable advice professionally. For a couple of years, Florence and Stefan have been a small family now. At first, the birth of her child had turned Florence’s life upside down.
Florence (43) has been a professor for educational sciences for 5 years. She works at the University of Schönburg, a cosy student town. Since her appointment, Florence has been especially occupied with the challenges and opportunities of digitalising academic teaching. In her courses, she loves to experiment with digital media and wants to use the practical experience to proceed with her dissertation topic.