The University of Bremen is a research oriented University and has become one of Germany’s eleven top universities of excellence in research. The exceptional quality of research in Bremen is due, among other things, to the university’s close collaboration with numerous independent research institutes, both on campus and around the region that creating a nationally recognized hub of high technology. The University of Bremen purposefully pursue a policy of creating close links between its teaching and research activities. A good example is its approach to studying in projects (“Bremen Model“), which fosters elements of independent research-based learning oriented to societal issues. Especially characteristic for its teaching profile is the University’s focus on research-based learning at an early stage of studies, the anchoring of a comprehensive program of General Studies in the curriculum, and the supportive integration of E-Learning components.
The University of Bremen is represented by its E-Learning center, the Centre for Multimedia in Education (ZMML). ZMML is a cooperatively operating competence center for E-Learning, multimedia solutions, instructional technology and applied information technologies. ZMML initiates and coordinates national and international projects on use of ICT in education; identifies, develops, accumulates and disseminates collaborative E-Learning scenarios; offers a broad range of training courses on computer literacy and use of ICT in education. ZMML supports all teaching staff of the University of Bremen in instructional design, organization of teaching process, organization and implementation of e-assessments, production and delivery of digital learning materials. In addition to the development and implementation of quality-assured E-Learning services (learning platform, e-assessment, media services and learning resource center) one of the major tasks of the ZMML is the active development and implementation of the E-Learning strategy of the university in close cooperation with the faculties and departments.
ZMML was partner in several European projects and coordinator of TEMPUS-project eMaris.