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Project Description

Our project ‘PosyMus’ is a cooperation with the Institute for Music Education Research of the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, in which we concentrate on the potentials of feedback systems for music lessons.

We develop computer-based assessments for measuring competences in the field of music by reprocessing the results of former research projects, considering aspects of accessibility, usability and mobility. The assessments are conducted in so-called „tablet classes“, in which tablet computers have already been established as a learning tool.

In order to make the results available to educators, we cooperate with teachers to create an electronic feedback system which fulfils the multimedia-related requirements of teaching music. Using a mixed methods approach, the conditions regarding technological equipment and personnel are described, focussing specifically on the use of the electronic feedback system for supporting students’ individual learning progress. At the same time, we attempt to explore the potential of using digital media and ‘Lernstandserhebungen’ (national learning progress assessments) for the development of music lessons. We also try to refine ways of designing multimedia tests for music competences which could be used for large-scale assessments and could also be transferred to other fields.

The project is funded by the program for supporting research projects in connection to large-scale assessments by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


Institute for Information Management Bremen GmbH (ifib)

The Institute for Information Management Bremen is a not-for-profit research institute at the University of Bremen. Our main research focus is on the organisation, management and use of information technologies in public administrations, in schools and universities as well as in work-related contexts. The scope of our work comprises the development of information systems starting from user needs, intra- and inter-organisational IT- and change management as well as user-centred evaluation. We have a high research profile in media and ICT literacy as well as in e-government research. We adopt an interdisciplinary qualitative and quantitative research approach with high emphasis on the contexts in which IT has to be embedded. We also combine research and research transfer as we are convinced that relevant insights into socio-technical and organisational challenges can only be gained if researchers can also assume an active role in their projects.

Institute for Music Education Research, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media

The Institute for Music Education Research (Institut für musikpädagogische Forschung – ifmpf) at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media carries out interdisciplinary and integrative research in the fields of historiographical, systematic and comparative music education. Music education research means not only basic research, but also practical applications, such as didactic theory and teaching materials. In combining education and research, our students are introduced at an early stage to the most current research findings and are encouraged to apply them. In addition to its ongoing projects, the Institute publishes a series of research reports, practical experience reports, and monographs which document the results of our work. We also publish work by researchers outside of the Institute. The opportunity to publish in-house allows for the prompt dissemination of current research results.

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