The Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) is the second largest Bavarian University, currently with about 40,000 Students and 3,000 lectures and staff members. As a central research institute at the University of Erlangen in the context of learning, lifelong learning and technology supported learning, the Innovation in Learning Institute (ILI) has been widely involved since 1986 in European R&D Projects in the field of innovative learning technologies for supporting learning processes in different settings for different target groups. ILI has a powerful learning technology development Centre which develops and adapts flexible and mobile learning systems for optimizing the learning process, open source learning environments and authoring systems, communication and cooperation systems.
Since 1993 ILI has been developing, implementing and evaluating integrated pedagogical and technological concepts for promoting technology enhanced learning adapted to the needs of different target groups like pupils, students, student-teachers teachers, seniors, handicapped etc. As one of the first organisations in Germany working in the field of technology-supported learning, ILI has early started with research in the field of simulation environments and serious games.
ILI runs the university’s eLearning and assessment environment with about 60,000 active users and about 30,000 visits per day.
At present, about 30 people work at ILI in an interdisciplinary team of cognitive and social scientists and technology and multimedia experts. ILI has coordinated and participated in more than 300 European projects for more than 25 years under a variety of European Programs. ILI has a long experience in distance e-learning, e.g. remote training of people from different target groups in a variety of subjects. These trainings have been very well accepted and best evaluated, sometimes in the context of Erasmus+ projects. ILI often is invited to give speeches about the use of technology in learning process in different institutions, organisations, on conferences, or workshops.