Methodological Guidelines

At least during the pandemic, digitalization has reached education and teaching of law at universities. However, the switch to digital formats confronts teachers and students with completely new challenges and often leads to frustration. However, a successful implementation of digital university teaching offers many advantages. Time- and location-independent courses enable learners and teachers to design the individual learning process themselves and adapt it to their own needs. At the same time, digitalization creates more opportunities toimplement interactive teaching methods increase the motivation and commitment of the learners. They process the content within greater depth and internalize it better through active work. In order to ensure greater learning success, it is important that face-to-face formats are not simply transferred to the digital world. Rather, detailed planning (2.), step-by-step implementation (3.) and comprehensive reflection and evaluation phases (4.) are required to take into account the specifics of digital teaching and the needs of the learners.

The following guidelines are intended to serve as an orientation for teachers to digitize content successfully in the form of asynchronous e-learning self-study courses. This is based on the digital implementation of the criminal law part of the interdisciplinary lecture “Digitalisierung und Recht”, which has been held at the University of Konstanz since 2021 in a hybrid or present format and is supplemented by digital self-learning units. The digital elements were created individually for each lecture unit using the tool Articulate360, prepared and tested with students from all departments at the University of Konstanz. The experience gained from this project has been incorporated into these guidelines. It should therefore be pointed out here that the concrete implementation and design of such projects always depends on the individual course, the learners, and the teacher. This guide can therefore only show a general possible way of implementing such a project and cannot provide universal instructions with a guarantee of success.

Interactive animation depicting the trade-off of human lives in the context of a dilemma situation from the course. „Dilemma-Situation: Grundlagen“ oft he lecture“ Digitalisierung und Recht“, University of Konstanz

Search image from the course „Einführende Grundlagen“ of the lecture „Digitalisierung und Recht“, University of Konstanz