Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg
The University of Education Ludwigsburg (LUE) is a leading institute for both initial teacher training at primary and secondary level, as well as a provider for further education and in-service training. The University was founded in 1962 and moved to Ludwigsburg in 1966. With its approximately 5,500 students and over 450 members of staff, it is the largest of the six Universities of Education in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
These Universities of Education offer doctoral and postdoctoral degrees and are therefore on a par with full universities. They concentrate on educational science issues both in research and teaching. LUE is a modern center of competency for educational sciences in four closely related disciplines: school education, extra curricular children’s and youth education, adult/further education and education in cultural and social areas.
Building on existing and establishing new transnational ties, LUE has recently managed to launch a number of international collaborative projects such as the IDEN project, DIVA project of the IVAC programme of the DAAD, the INVITE project (focussing on the international cooperation with European partners and lecturers from LUE, MakEd_digital (in cooperation with Stuttgart University).
Especially in regard to digitalising teacher education, LUE seeks to develop, explore and implement innovative and digitally enhanced approaches to learning, teaching and research through its active participation in strategic partnerships.
Götz Schwab is professor of applied linguistics at the Institute of English, Ludwigsburg University of Education, Germany. He worked as a secondary school teacher before starting a career at the university where he received his PhD in 2008. He is currently head of the institute and coordinates a number of transnational projects (e.g. DIVA, ETP). Götz Schwab has a wide range of research interests. This includes conversation analysis for second language acquisition, virtual exchange/telecollaboration and the use of mobile technology, syntax, low achievers and students-at-risk, especially at secondary schools, and ELT/FLT methodology in primary and secondary schools, as well as content and language integrated learning (CLIL).
Management and training
Mareike Oesterle is a PhD student and research assistant at the University of Education Ludwigsburg, Germany. She has a degree in primary and secondary teaching and has been involved in a number of different projects (e.g. proPIC, VEO Europa and Beyond School). All the projects mainly aimed at developing innovative formats to support (future) teachers and teacher educators in their own continuing professional development. In her PhD, she currently investigates a transient professional community of teacher educators and explores possible ways to foster professional learning in a transnational context. Further interests include language learning and teaching, and the use of mobile technologies in teacher education.
Management and training
Benjamin Ade-Thurow is a lecturer at the Institute of English, Ludwigsburg University of Education, Germany. He worked as a secondary school teacher before returning to a career at university where he received his PhD in 2019. He is currently part of a number of transnational projects (e.g. COIL; OTR). Benjamin Ade Thurow has a wide range of research interests including digital media, gamification in second language acquisition, ELT/FLT methodology in secondary schools as well as content and language integrated learning (CLIL).