"All learning is research. Why doesn't that apply to all teaching? This is the question that the ZU has set referring to the didactic concept of research-based learning."
Prof. Dr. Jan Söffner | Vice President, Teaching and Didactics
In recent years, research-based learning has garnered much attention in international academic circles as a didactic university concept. Research-based learning is already established as tradition at the Zeppelin University and forms an important cornerstone of its strategic mission. In addition to the Zeppelin-Project and the Humboldt-Year, research-based learning has now been expanded with an international component and is more firmly established in the Master's degree programs. A Methodology Lab has also been designed to further expand individualised consulting in methodology.
Once student research had been successfully established with the study programs at Zeppelin University in 2012, the concept of research-based learning is now being expanded with an international component. There are two objectives: one goal is to offer students at the ZU the opportunity to base their research project at partner universities or other institutions in other countries; the second goal is to continue to increase the number of international students undertaking research at the Zeppelin University.
Our international partner universities for student research
Travel and Conference Scholarships
Students from Zeppelin University find further information following this link.
Information for external students is available for download.
As part of the project, the Zeppelin University awards prizes for international student research in various categories. Students who have done a research work with an international topic and/or have been abroad to do their research can apply for this award.
The ZU accepts its global responsibility. This applies to research topics that address the global challenges of the 21st century and to active support of research projects conducted in countries abroad.
From the ZU Mission Statement for Teaching
Our international mobility programs in the field of student research receive funding from the Ministry for Science, Research and Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg as well as the Gips Schüle Foundation.
Research-based learning at Zeppelin University is an important element of the teaching-learning culture that is oriented towards individualisation and an effective response to the didactic challenge of a heterogeneous study body. The research-based learning format is characterised by open teaching-learning arrangements, the scope for varying approaches, ideas, problem descriptions and solution approaches by students and the ability to integrate these aspects.
The ZU has now successfully established research-based learning in its Bachelor's degree programs using prominent formats, specifically the Zeppelin-Project and the Humboldt-Year; now research-based formats are also being more firmly rooted in the Master's programs for the long-term.
This work involves special measures to make the research results of Master's students more visible, providing financial support for study trips and field research and communicating expert knowledge through specific input workshops.
The concept behind the Methodology Lab at the ZU
In the framework of the Methodology Lab, the diverse methodological competencies of the researchers at the Zeppelin University are combined to be able to offer a systematic advisory service for students and their individual research questions. Consultation with teaching staff is enhanced with the "peer tutoring" format. The Methodology Lab services are available to all students.
How can the Methodology Lab help?
Do you have a project title, a research topic or research project but do not know which methods, competences or practical techniques you can use to answer your research questions? Are you unsure what type of data or artefacts you should use? Getting nowhere in analysing your data? Not sure how to interpret the results?
Then the Methodology Lab is just the right place to head. The Methodology Lab is geared towards students who are working on their own research projects and who have questions about methodologies. The goal of the Methodology Lab is not to replace the supervision for the research work; instead, it should be seen as a complement to it.
How can students make use of the services at the Methodology Lab?
Following an initial consultation and depending on their research question, project design and the specific methodological advice being sought, students are referred to the teaching staff who are best able to assume the personal consultation based on their methodological expertise.
In order to be able to offer specific assistance already at the initial consultation, it is important that we are able to quickly understand your research project and your question. Therefore, please complete the Project Description form and bring this with you to your consultation; this will provide basic clarification of several points right from the start of the meeting.
The Methodology Lab offers open consultation hours. Drop in with your questions and bring along the completed Project Description form (see download file). Please also bring along our program (in progress).
Dr Malick Faye can be contacted by students and teaching staff who have questions about the consultation services offered by the Methodology Lab. He is also available for advice relating to fundamental questions about qualitative and quantitative research designs, ethnography and social network analysis, as well as data collection methods and applied data analysis with SPSS.
Open consultation hours for spring term 2019
The project "Research-based Learning 2.0" is funded by the Ministry for Science, Research and Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg.