Dr. Witold Mucha

Heinrich-Heine-Universtität Düsseldorf

Witold Mucha

Cooperative Teaching and Open Educational Resources (OER) in a North-South Context

The project involves the expansion of a cross-location ring seminar between the universities of Pretoria and Düsseldorf, which uses digital (teaching) methods. The teaching project is based on the one hand on video inputs from renowned academics and relevant specialist literature (inverted classroom). On the other hand, the event is based on contributions from students, whose various outputs are created within the framework of student groups composed of heterogeneous locations and made available to the plenary live and on demand (cross-site teaching and learning). The didactic concepts and contents developed and tested in this context are made publicly available in the sense of the Open Educational Resources (OER) approach. In this context, lecturers and institutes across universities and disciplines are to be guided and motivated to carry out related teaching projects and to share their experiences on the OER platform. In addition to imparting application-oriented knowledge in the sense of competence orientation and student orientation, the aim of the project is to encourage students to cooperate internationally, especially in collaboration and the use of digital media.

Main research areas

  • International relations
  • Peace and conflict research
  • Development policy
  • Epistemic Inequality
  • Migration Governance

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 10/2015: Research assistant in the research area “European Politics/International Relations”, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf
  • 04/2014-10/2015: Research assistant in the research area “Interculture” at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (KWI), University of Duisburg-Essen
  • 04/2010-04/2014: PhD scholarship holder of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin
  • 06/2013-09/2013: Visiting Fellow at the School of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane
  • 04/2010-04/2012: Freelancer at the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), University of Duisburg-Essen
  • 2006-2010: Worked in development cooperation in Bolivia, Chile and Cameroon

Lectures and publications

  • Mucha, Witold and Christina Pesch (2019): Open Educational Resources (OER): A contribution to the digitalisation and internationalisation of political science teaching. DVPW Topic Group on University Teaching, Münster.
  • Mucha, Witold and Christina Pesch (2019): Does co-production of knowledge work? A cross-site teaching project between the Universities of Pretoria and Düsseldorf. Convivial Thinking Workshop “How do we “know” the world?”, Bonn.
  • Plank, Friedrich Plank, Ingo Henneberg, Alexander Kobusch, Moritz Bürger, Patricia Konrad, Witold Mucha, Arne Niemann and Christina Pesch (2019): Cross-site teaching in political science: benefits and contribution of an innovative ring seminar, in: Politische Vierteljahresschrift (PVS) 60:1, pp. 127-146.
  • Mucha, Witold, Christina Pesch, Cori Wielenga and Christopher Nshimbi (2018): Pedagogical perspectives on migration: Experiences from a South African-German cross-site teaching project at the Universities of Pretoria and Düsseldorf. International Conference on Migration, Johannesburg.
  • Mucha, Witold and Christina Pesch (2018): Blended learning and cross-site teaching in peace and conflict research. DVPW Thematic Group on University Teaching, Hamburg.

Dr. Witold Mucha

Heinrich-Heine-Universtität Düsseldorf

Fellow at CAIS from January until March 2019