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CSI - CustomDigiTeach

Creating social impact through customized digital teaching formats

The European Commission's latest Higher Education Modernisation Agenda highlights the transformative role of universities in the society. Precisely, rather than being actors of only economic impact, HEIs need to strengthen their 'civic' responsibilities. Despite the argued relevance for more social engagement, respective societal engagement mechanisms have not been well developed in the HEIs. Indeed, latest numbers show that universities still have relatively more technology transfer offices than civic engagement offices. 

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Consequently, we still witness a focus on universities' business engagement compared to e.g. community building or collaborations with NGOs, ultimately hampering the social impact of HEIs' activities. Simultaneously, the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19 amplifies the need for HEI's societal engagement. The current times of uncertainty and destabilisation form the background against which societal engagement is most needed. Indeed, HEIs can be a fruitful source for supporting societal recovery by transferring leading edge insights to the society. This science-to-society transfer is of severe importance, given the fact that Covid-19 has brought about societal challenges that we need to solve to ensure prosperity of our economies and societies.

Given this context, the project tackles these challenges by integrating:

(a.) expertise of science-to-society transfer tools (i.e., tools and instruments to overcome transfer barriers in science/society projects and thus to successfully connect science and society) for tailor-fit approaches to create societal impact, and

(b.) expertise of how to enable HE lecturers in digital teaching formats.

Consequently, this project will develop a Digital Configurator, which allows creating social impact through customized digital teaching formats, especially to customized digital social impact generation courses. Therefore, the digital configurator suggests custom-fit digital teaching formats, ultimately equipping HE lecturers to foster their role as being socially engaged and enable students to get involved in an actual societal challenge, which is beyond online lectures, thereby fostering students' entrepreneurial and social thinking and acting.

Funding body: Erasmus+

Timeframe: 01.06.2021 - 31.05.2023 (24 months)

Budget: 287.194,00 €

Project Manager: Dominik Lappenküper M.Sc.


The münster.land.leben project of the funding initiative "Innovative University" addresses some of the major societal challenges: healthcare, participation and well-being of residents in the rural area of Münsterland. The project consists of 13 sub-projects to bring innovative solutions for promoting health and well-being of residents in the region. Therefore, the project contributes to fundamentally understand the transfer barriers specific to the health and care sector, adapt the

exchange processes between science and society, support new concepts and above all establish operative measures in the long term. Based on the identified  needs of the stakeholders of the other münster.land.leben sub-projects, the  Science-to-Society Research line will provide and support them with transfer strategies and instruments, which will have been adapted to the quadruple helix (science, business, government and society).

Within this field of activity the focus of our research line is on developing a Science/Society Toolbox and a Science/Society Ecosystem.

The Toolbox is co-created in the münster.land.leben project and aims to methodically support and to open up the innovation process in the context of science/society. The Science/Society Toolbox provides methods and transfer instruments for cooperations between academics and societal actors in the extended transfer understanding of "science with and for society". Correspondingly, the 13 sub-projects of münster.land.leben apply and validate these methods in their cooperation with society and their learning experiences and practical application tips will also be presented in the Toolbox.  

The Science/Society Ecosystem, just like the Toolbox, is intended to support the sub-projects of the münster.land.leben project and to generate generally valid results. The UBC Ecosystem developed for the European Commission will be tailored to münster.land.leben and its potential will be fully exploited. At the same time it will be adapted to the new task Science / Society. This includes answering the questions: What are drivers, what are barriers and what influence do framework conditions have on these processes?

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Funding body: Bund-Länder-Initiative "Innovative Hochschule"

Timeframe: 2018-2022

Budget: 9 million euros for consortium

Objectives: To understand and overcome the challenges and barriers of translating health innovation, knowledge and technology into the rural areas in Munster region, adapt the exchange processes between science and society and to establish operational measures in the long term with a focus of interaction with society. 

Partners:  +70 partners, including Stadt Münster, Kreis Borken mbH, and Netzwerk Gesundheitswirtschaft Münsterland e.V.

Contact person: Dr. Kerstin Kurzhals


Change Lab is a non-profit student initiatitve that provides an innovative learning platform featuring diverse issues related to sustainable community development, social innovation, and social entrepreneurship. We regularly organise events for students, researchers, social experts and citizens to jointly discuss current social issues, develop new ideas and bring about positive social change in our regional community. Moreover, we organises training for students who are interested in social entrepreneurship to help them put creative ideas into practice.

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Funding body: Qualitätsverbesserungsmittel, FH Münster

Timeframe: 2020-2021

Budget: 11.000 euros aprox. 

Objectives: Change Lab aims to address different societal challenges and topics by providing an opportunity for open dialogues between multiple societal stakeholders from different perspectives. To do so, we aim at providing a friendly, open-minded, non-judgmental, and safe environment where different voices are heard.

Partner: Exzellenz Start-up Center NRWProject

Manager: Choiwai Maggie Chak M.Sc.

Website: https://changelabmuenster.wixsite.com/change-lab-muenster/ 

UNLOCK: Creativity in HEIs through game design approach

The Erasmus+ UNLOCK project - Creativity in HEIs through a game design approach - aims to equip Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with the knowledge, attitudes and skills required to design, set and facilitate escape room games in learning experiences and stimulate entrepreneurial skills in both students and educators, aiming at strengthening employability, creativity and new professional paths.

With an innovative learning approach, UNLOCK aims to provide the context, process and tools for HEI educators to act as facilitators embedding a game design approach as part of their teaching. Moreover, a game-oriented learning approach will not only foster creativity, as an entrepreneurial skill among students, but also educators as facilitators, who take part in collaboration through innovative problem solving in a specific domain and with particular knowledge practices.

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Funding body: European Commission
Timeframe: 01/11/2019 - 31/10/2022
Budget: 999.132 €
Objectives: The Erasmus+ UNLOCK project - Creativity in HEIs through a game design approach - aims to equip Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with the knowledge, attitudes and skills required to design, set and facilitate escape room games in learning experiences and stimulate entrepreneurial skills in both students and educators.
Partners: University of Aveiro (Project Leader), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands), Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), University of Granada (Spain), Munster University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Bespoke (Denmark), Advancis (Portugal), University-Industry Innovation Network (Netherlands)
Project Manager: Prof. Marta Ferreira Dias, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Concluded Projects

Tomorrow's Land

Tomorrow's Land aims at fostering the creation of the next generation of social innovators who will influence and develop a more inclusive society. Six European partner organisations including Regenerus (UK), Münster University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Advancis (Portugal), Bespoke (Denmark), POLIMI (Italy), SIC (Latvia) are working together to support social innovators in the European context. The partners' aim is to better prepare this next generation to tackle the growing problems within our society. Throughout the project, consortium will create resources to support educators who are training young social innovators, the people working to develop practical new solutions to social challenges.

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Budget: 320.955 euros - budget for consortium 

Objectives: Tomorrow's Land will produce four Intellectual Outputs:
1. Strategic Foresight - a creative research report compiled of the Map of Tomorrow's Land and the Learning Framework
2. Learning Academy - an online learning platform and MOOC
3. Champions of Change - a facilitator training course
4. Social Innovation Bootcamp - an international blended learning activity.

Partners: Regenerus (UK), Münster University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Advancis (Portugal), Bespoke (Denmark), POLIMI (Italy), SIC (Latvia)

Contact person: Balzhan Orazbayeva M.A.

Social Design Thinking

Social design thinking (SDT) project aims at designing a course that provides students an introduction to design thinking as applied to social innovation and social entrepreneurship, as well as hands-on opportunities to apply these principles real-time, creating solutions to specific challenges faced by local communities in Münster and Münsterland. SDT will engage international bachelor student from different faculties to co-create together with communities and organizations better solutions for the City.

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Contact person: Balzhan Orazbayeva M.A.

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