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Transformative Teaching

Focus on Pedagogy 2022
A Global Intercultural Project Experience (GIPE)
M. Meyer & K. Becker
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Global Intercultural Project Experience is structured around student experiences from four (4) different continents. From 2020 to 2022, students from Germany (Europe), Namibia (Africa), Indonesia (Asia) and Peru (South America) worked on a single project every year that was subdivided into sub-streams. The sub-streams were earmarked at providing a holistic solution to one real client in a divide and conquer approach. The execution model for the three (3) rounds of the GIPE projects for 2020, 2021 and 2022 followed a rotational client focus approach from Namibia, Indonesia, and Peru. Despite the time differences, language and cultural barriers, students completed the 2020 and 2021 projects entirely online. The 2022 project marked the successful spring school hosting in Germany, representing each country in the consortium by eight (8) scholars. During the two weeks, the physical project collaboration mode was realised, blending the initial online working mode for the same project. This marked new experiences for the concerned students. Despite having different scholars for each year’s project, in this presentation, we zoom into the added lessons from the Spring School as part of the GIPE experiences and how they contribute towards education 2.0 ushered in by COVID-19. The comparative analysis of the modes of project collaboration from the 2022 project will point toward education delivery and administration transformation in the future. The continued success of GIPE projects this far has created a reference model for building similar collaborative initiatives.


Manfred Meyer is a Professor of Business Informatics and an independent consultant in IT, project and innovation management. He holds an M.Sc. and PhD in Computer Science from Kaiserslautern University. His research interests focus on constraint technologies, online marketing, and digital tools in education. In 2018 he received a Fellowship for Innovations in Digital Teaching by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany and 2022 a Fellowship for Digital Examinations. He has been lecturing at universities worldwide and since 2019 he is the Project Manager for the GIPE project.

Katja Becker is a Professor of Media and Interface Design at the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, where she heads the DesignLab in the Department of Computer Science and Communication. With a design background, her research interests lie in social and sustainable issues related to computer science and current technologies. This perspective determines her work in the areas of innovation with and through design, (co-)creation processes and participatory research in interdisciplinary creative projects;

Attlee M Gamundani – As a Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science Department at NUST, Attlee’s engagements involve Teaching, Research, Administration and Community engagement. As a lifelong learner, he is driven by the desire to disseminate his skills to make a difference in the lives of the next generation. His research interests extend application and design of community driven solutions leveraging Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Emerging Technologies and Cybersecurity. He is part of the organising team for establishment of the AI Africa Expert Network in support of the UN Secretary General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. For more visit his website: https://amgamundani.com;

Colin Stanley is acting deputy vice-chancellor for research, innovation and partnerships at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). His substantive position is executive dean for the Faculty of Computing and Informatics at NUST. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT, South Africa) and an MSc in Software Engineering from the Free University of Bolzano (Italy). His research is on embracing indigenous knowledge construction in co-designing software applications with rural communities.