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The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is now launching a nationwide research-project of how the virtual lecture hall should be designed. It concerns questions of best practice to use digital media for experiments, visualisation improvements with digital media, design and evaluation of examinations etc. An expert jury has selected 20 individual and joint projects at 39 institutes all over Germany that focus on the opportunities and risks of the research fields of digital higher education, new didactic-digital concepts and the integration of new technology developments. The total funding is more than €12 million for the next three years. State Secretary Cornelia Quennet-Thielen said the following: “The use of digital technologies can help to improve the teaching style of higher education, and digital media offer interesting new opportunities to respond to an increasingly heterogeneous student body and the growing need for further education. As well as the learning effects through the use of these technologies must be intensively researched. The use of digital formats does not lead automatically to better teaching – the didactic concepts, which are behind the use of digital technologies, are of crucial importance, for example, to involve students more actively.” Source: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)