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July, 2015

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MOBIS nominated by students for best teaching project in Hamburg

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With the program “Unseren Hochschulen” the Claussen-Simon Foundation and the Hamburg Higher Education Authority aim at promoting excellent professors and innovative teaching activities as well as increasing the collaboration between students and professors. We have participated in this program with M-Lab (in German), our lighthouse teaching project for mobile app development. Out of 300 student recommendations for professors and teaching events we have been selected among the top 10 and nominated as a candidate to win the teaching price. The three winners will be announced in October 2015 and will receive a total award of 200.000 Euro to realize their teaching projects and concepts. We are very grateful for our students, who have nominated us for this competition and have voted for our project proposal.

New Project: Hamburg Open Online University

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We proudly announce that our group will contribute to the development of the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU) – an innovative higher-education initiative of Hamburg.

Initiated by Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz and its Senate Chancellery, the HOOU project is a cooperation between the federal state government, the authority of science and research (BWF), Multimedia Kontor Hamburg (MMKH), and the six public universities in our city-state. The overall goals are to foster the digitization of the higher education, to open-up knowledge sharing and educational resources, and to provide an innovative, scalable and usable online platform for teaching and learning across the universities. HOOU will target not only  university students but also everyone interested in education and knowledge. Within this project, MOBIS is researching and developing innovative approaches such as “Learning Analytics and Recommendation”, “Problem- and Project- based learning”, “Mobile Learning” and “Continuous Quality Assurance”.

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Google Research Award for MOBIS

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MOBIS has recently received the Google Computational Journalism Research Award. With the award, Google supports excellent researchers and their research projects in Europe. Together with our partners from the Hans-Bedrow-Insititute for media research we were selected for our proposal of “SCAN: a Systematic Content Analysis of User Comments for Journalists”. This year, only three projects from Europe have been awarded. More on the Google Research blog.

Journalism is evolving fast in the digital age, and researchers across Europe are working on exciting projects to create innovative new tools and open source software that will support online journalism and benefit readers. As part of the wider Google Digital News Initiative (DNI), Google Research invited academic researchers across Europe to submit proposals for the Computational Journalism Research Awards.  

Our project aims at developing a framework for the systematic, semi-automated analysis of audience feedback on journalistic content to better reflect the voice of users, mitigate the analysis efforts, and help journalists generate new content from the user comments. More on this project can be found in September on our website.

Update: The kickoff meeting took place on the 7th September at the Hans-Bedrow-Insititute to discuss further proceedings.

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