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Project duration 01.06.2019 - 30.11.2022

Learning and Assessment in the digital age

The project LL digital addresses the effects of digital media on the reading competences of elementary school students in learning situations and assessment.

Project description

Digital media offer both opportunities and challenges in education. The project LL digital investigates how the use of digital media can influence reading competence of elementary school students. The project combines qualitative and quantitative methods. An interview study is used to investigate how digital media are integrated into learning situations and what effects this has on elementary school students in the domain of reading in the perceptions of teachers.

Grün-blauer und schwarzer Schriftzug des Projektnamens LL-digital

Furthermore, the effects of different digital test formats on the reading competence of the students will be investigated. Tests with a fixed question order on paper and on the computer and tests with a skill-adjusted (adaptive) question order are used. Differences between these three test formats are examined in terms of test performance, test motivation, and test anxiety, taking into account background variables such as computer familiarity, reading motivation, and socioeconomic status. Causes of differences between test formats that can be attributed to cognitive or meta-cognitive differences will also be considered. 

The goal of the project is to achieve a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that digital media bring to the field of reading in elementary school.

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Project management

  • PD Dr. Ramona Lorenz

Project team

  • Dr. Ulrich Ludewig
  • Thomas Ulrich Brüggemann

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.