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Course title

"Academic writing workshop"

Course typeABV (job preparation) course - seminar
Department/InstituteHistory & Cutural Cultural Studies
Degree programall BAs
LecturerBeate Richter
No. of participantsmax. 20
Phaseduring the academic lecture period
Durationone whole semester


Course material contains all images and tasks assigned which were still variable at the start of the course. Individual content in the form of worksheets and scripts has been added for sessions 2 to 6.

The blogs of the workgroups der Arbeitsgruppenwork groups contain the function of documenting and presenting group and individual work results from the workgroups with the possibility for all course participants of being able to read and comment on the results posted. 

Workgroups is the area in which the participants can find each other, either in the first session within the realm of a workgroup (with a maximum of 5 members) and in the second session as tandem groups (with a maximum of 2 members). The workgroups with blogs are open and can be viewed by everyone. The tandem groups alow allow for a more intimate discussion between 2 participants, having the function of reflecting on the input of the face-to-face courses.  

The dicussion discussion forum allows for an additional format for criticism, asking questions etc.


Standard links: E-mail lists and the Primo literaturs literature search were added.

Experiences made by the lecturer


  • Due to the strict splitting-up of tasks for an "active participation", a lot more output was able to be produced by the students regarding written and edited texts. This can be seen as being a very positive effect when it comes to writing courses. Sadly, there were also less serious content being produced (soccer news coverage style).     
  • The amount of time spent working with Blackboard increased significantly for both participants and lecturer. However, the extra effort put in can't really be substantiated with didactic advantages that one now has. Working in a group on a certain blog entry was, at most times, usually the work of one individual which was 'used' by the other group members. Here I am still missing a concept for managing groupwork group work that really does come up with a joint product in the end. The tandems weren't intimate enough either - partly only the topic-related contents of the teaching unit were described; this was not really worked on in-depth or questioned etc. Here as well a clear concept for managing and motivating the participants has to be designed and implemented.   
  • What was a very positive aspect was the effect of the FU wiki. The above-described effects of a didactic processing of the content learned by the learner for other learners in subsequent courses should definitely be continued and enforced. One learns best if one teaches that what one has learned - this is known by every educator who actually reflects on this. With the 'slowly filling-up' wiki I also see a nice possibility of having the product evaluated by further generations of course participants. 
  • I would also like to mention the effects of the whiteboard. The course that contains the examples posted by the participants have an inestimable value fo for me. The image as a bridge between the analog offline world and a digital online scenario hasn't been fully optimized for my liking as yet.    


see the wiki: "Academic writing workshop"



offered by CeDiS

  • Consulting services for the implementation of digital solutions in teaching: The Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) has extensive experience of many years when it comes to the implementation of digital media and systems within the fields of teaching, learning and research. We offer a wide variety of consulting services on the implementation of these tools and systems within the entire academic scope and especially at Freie Universität Berlin. 
  • Training courses and workshops: For lecturers at Freie Universität Berlin (professors, employees, tutors) as well as lecturers of other universities CeDiS offers training courses and workshops on the topic of teaching and learning with digital media. These course enable participants to implement online elements within their own sphere of teaching.
  • The Executive Board of the Freie Universität supports e-learning initiatives: With the e-learning funding program financial resources are provided to lecturers that enrich and improve their courses quality-wise by implementing technological and media-related support. All of the academic staff teaching, the lecturers or even the institutions of the Freie Universität - without the Charité-Universitätsmedizin - can be supported within this program.