University of Duisburg-Essen

Germany

The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is one of the largest German universities (over 40,000 enrolled students; 4,400 academic and non-academic staff) with excellent research reputation and an important employer in the region (more info: www.uni-due.de).

Its Research Institute TELIT initiated by the Department "Information Systems for Productions and Operations Management"(WIP) is the leading German research cluster in the fields of learning innovations and quality development, evaluation, and standardisation for learning, education and training (LET) and online environments with a special focus on technology-enhanced learning (TEL). It has gained an outstanding expertise as the leading German institution for learning innovations and quality and their evaluation due to the unique engagement in European (CEN/TC 353) and international (ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36) standardisation bodies by its team leader for Learning innovations, QM, evaluation and standardisation, Prof. (KR) Christian M. Stracke: Many research projects were coordinated and supervised by TELIT including Q.E.D. (budget: 4.0 Mio Euros) and ODS (15.3 Mio Euros) as one of the biggest projects on quality and evaluation in e-Learning next to many other European research and development projects funded by the EC (see the list of selected projects: www.wip.wiwi.uni-due.de/en/research/research-projects). He is also initiator and Conference Chair of the annual LINQ conference, the leading European conference for Learning Innovation and Learning Quality (http://www.learning-innovations.eu).

The interdisciplinary research team of TELIT from educational sciences, pedagogy, psychology, economics and informatics covers all aspects of formal, non-formal and informal learning, education and training and E-Learning and is headed by Christian M. Stracke. In addition, TELIT and its team have participated in a huge amount of international research and development projects, leading to the annual average budget of 2-3 Mio Euros.

Tasks in LoCloud: responsible for evaluating the operational outcome of the infrastructure and services introduced by the project and its potential for sustainability (WP5); carrying out national dissemination activities (WP6) and engaging small and medium-sized institutions in Germany for testing tools developed in WP3.