What can the humanities learn from learners?- Towards student-infused teaching and research

Increasingly, heterogeneous class make-ups, particularly in international and interdisciplinary study programmes, challenge canonical knowledges and expectation horizons of expert teachers. Even on Master’s level, a common knowledge base and experience background cannot be taken for granted which makes it difficult to assess and establish a shared starting point. If teachers pre-assume a common knowledge base and simply conduct business as usual, students are likely to find the content irrelevant to their lives and career aspirations and will quickly lose interest.
Instead of taking an elite approach of “survival of the fittest” and blaming students and their assumed incapabilities to keep up, teachers might find it more fruitful to centre on these heterogeneous cultures and backgrounds by adjusting their teaching content. This enables them to “meet students at their level,” but moreover, helps teachers to conceive of knowledge diversity as a resource and an asset not only for the(ir) learning process but also for shaping research questions in their discipline.
This seminar opens a space to discuss questions of knowledge canon and knowledge diversity as a resource. It then provides hands-on exercises and examples for assessing heterogeneous understandings and potential adjustment of fixed and foundational teaching elements with a focus on disciplines of the humanities. In the concluding part, participants will reflect on the validity, usefulness, and sustainability of transferring a student-infused approach into research.


  • Basics of interest and identity-sensitive learning
  • Relating teaching content to students’ lives and experiences
  • Practical examples and exercises for adjusting teaching contents in the humanities
  • Reflection on relevance and limits of student-infused teaching for research
  • Exchange on gathered best-practice experiences

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reflect on knowledge canons and on diversity as a resource
  • Develop an understanding on the relevance, sustainability, and limits of student-infused research
  • Learn how to assess and evaluate students’ experience and knowledge horizons during teaching
  • Learn how to adjust teaching contents towards students’ live worlds
  • Design practical exercises and teaching formats for student-infused teaching
  • Develop ideas for student-infused research questions for student projects and beyond

This workshop will be held in English.

Universität: Universität Bayreuth
Seminarleitung: Dr. Irina Turner
Seminar ID: FBZHL UBT WS2223 35S humanities
ZHL der Universität Bayreuth
Nürnbergerstr. 38, Bayreuth
This seminar will take place in PRESENCE! The seminar room is located at Nürnberger Straße 38 (ZHL location) in the office center Bayreuth Süd, building 4 in Room 4.2.12-13.
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Termine: 02.03.2023 , 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr

Es fallen folgende Teilnahmegebühren an:

  • For all lecturers (academic staff, professors, teaching staff for special tasks) at a Bavarian university with a full-time position (75% to 100% working hours), 45 €
  • For all teachers (academic staff, professors, teachers for special tasks) at a Bavarian university with a part-time position (up to and including 74.9% working hours), 29 €
  • Teachers at universities of applied sciences and persons not affiliated with a Bavarian university pay the participation fee for external participants, 1000 €

Verfügbare Plätze: 12 Plätze, davon 7 frei
Stufe: Grund- und Aufbaustufe
Anrechenbare Stunden: Bereich A mit 4 Arbeitseinheiten
Bereich D mit 4 Arbeitseinheiten
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