Competition "Mixed-Reality: Innovative Approaches to Blended Learning and e-Learning"

The competition "Mixed-Reality: Innovative Approaches to Blended Learning and e-Learning" aims to realise innovative blended and e-learning concepts for study programmes from both departments of the HfK. This competition aims to create an open space in which HfK lecturers, workshop leaders and students can implement current ideas. Interdisciplinary courses are particularly invited to participate in the competition in order to initiate further ideas for artistic-didactic innovations, taking into account different fields of study at the HfK.

We welcome submissions from all courses of study at the HfK! Applicants can submit their concept by e-mail to the following address:
After the submission deadline, the jury team, which is made up of HfK students from the various degree programmes, will evaluate the submitted concepts in order to select the winner:in of the competition. Further information can be found in the section "Jury".
The best selected concept will receive prize money of up to 5,000 euros to implement the innovative concept in a course. The contributions of all participants will be published in abbreviated form on the official website of the HfK, as well as in the newsletter, if the participants agree to this. A digital publication on the virtual platform HfK - Virtual Spaces is also planned for a later date.

All teachers at the HfK are eligible to participate, including lecturers (including those who will not start teaching until the coming semester) and workshop leaders. Students can also participate; either in a team with teachers or as an independent group. If they want to participate as an independent group, students need the support of a teacher to check the suitability of the concept to be submitted in terms of teaching. In summary, there are three different groups of potential participants:

- Teachers (i.e. professors, lecturers or workshop leaders), either alone or as a team.
- Teachers together with students
- Students together with a teacher in an advisory capacity (= necessary requirement for participation in the competition)

Participation is possible alone or in teams of up to four people. People from outside the HfK cannot be part of the application team, but can be engaged as external advisors. Students who are part of the jury are not allowed to participate in the competition.

Requirements for participation
To participate in the competition, applicants submit a project proposal. This should be structured according to the guidelines below in the section "How can I participate in the competition?". It should be in the form of a single pdf document and can be customised as long as it includes the necessary information listed below. It consists of a detailed project proposal, a timetable with important dates (e.g. start and end of the course, planned excursions, exams, concerts or exhibitions, etc.) and a financial plan. Further material (such as pictures, videos, websites, etc.) can be inserted either directly into the pdf document or as an external link.

How can I participate in the competition? 
To participate, a teaching concept of max. 1,000 words should be submitted. The deadline for submission is 08.01.2023. The document should contain a detailed description of how the ideas and objectives of the topic "Mixed Reality: Innovative Approaches to Blended Learning and E-Learning" are to be achieved with the project, as well as a description of the technical environment that would enable the idea or part of it to be implemented digitally.
The duration of the project should depend on the pedagogical goal to be achieved with it - a block course, a workshop or a seminar would be possible, for example. For a better understanding of how the project should look and work, other materials such as websites, videos, images or other formats can be submitted.

As students: Discuss how you envisage using different tools so that your learning is facilitated and enhanced. Research tools, discuss them with teachers and develop ideas for working with these tools.

As a professor or teacher: Through the competition we want to encourage you to learn new digital tools to work with your students in your field. Encourage students to learn together and how they can use these tools at home, at university or in a group project.

As workshop leaders: The competition is designed to enable you to manage practical skills for students and teachers, and to work with your tools such as computers, monitors or technical features for project delivery.

Supporting workshops will be offered to accompany the competition phase. These are aimed at interested parties who still need support in structuring their concepts or who would like to find out more about the subject area first. The following dates will take place:

1.12.2022 from 4-6 p.m.: Online workshop "Inspirations for teaching: eLearning and blended learning with a difference". The speaker Nele Hirsch Nele Hirsch is an educational scientist and pedagogue with a focus on learning and teaching in a networked society.

6.12.2022 from 5-6 p.m. (in the Speicher): Info event on how iPads can be integrated into teaching. With Prof. Dr. Christoph Prendl (Music Theory Early Music).

13.12.2022 from 5-6 p.m. (in the Dechanatstr.): Info event on how iPads can be integrated into teaching. With Prof. Dr. Christoph Prendl (Music Theory Early Music)

Please register in advance for all workshops at

In addition, it is possible to contact the We Dig It! team to arrange an individual consultation.

The jury will be composed of 10 students from both departments. The jury members will be invited via all email addresses of the HfK students. Their task is to review project ideas and details and to rank the submitted concepts according to a given evaluation scheme. Each submission will receive brief feedback, regardless of whether it is funded.
As part of the jury evaluation, the following question will be asked, for example:
Does the budget planning support innovation in digital teaching and eLearning? The jury assesses the effectiveness and feasibility of each team's budget expenditure, the appropriateness of the expenditure, etc. For example, the presence of spending details such as material costs, or the cost of an external consultancy, etc. and the estimated billing details of all. This also includes fairness, such as whether the use of the budget benefits the majority of students, teachers and workshop leaders in the HfK, OR only individuals.

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