Project Toolip − the toolbox for global digital learning

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has awarded the HWR Berlin four years of funding for its digitalization project TOOLIP. TOOLIP is a digital toolbox for developing digital learning forms and establishing them in global practice.

What is Toolip?

TOOLIP is the name of the planned package of measures developed by the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin. This international digitalization project has been awarded four years of funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) amounting to c. one million Euros. The acronym TOOLIP stands for »Toolbox for international, practice-oriented and digitally-supported teaching«.

Developing digital teaching and learning forms

Working together with international partner universities, the TOOLIP project team at the HWR Berlin is set to test new ways of digital teaching and learning. The project incorporates business case studies from partner companies to ensure that teaching and practice intertwine.

The building blocks of the project include:


Virtual Global Classrooms

This incorporates virtual communication and collaboration between the HWR Berlin and its international partner universities. Students work in international teams using virtual communications to collaborate on a shared question. Digital communication is conducted either synchronously or asynchronously.


Short-term mobility

Blended-mobility formats: Virtual collaboration is supplemented by two forms of short-term mobility. The Berlin International Week takes place at the HWR Berlin. Excursions enable students to visit international partner universities; the HWR Berlin also hosts international student visitors. The programme also includes project work, seminars, role-playing exercises, visits to companies and the discussion of current economic issues.


Scholarships for semesters and internships abroad

Students who have participated in the virtual global classroom phases and/or measures of short-term mobility can also study at one of our international partner universities or complete an internship abroad. Project TOOLIP provides the necessary scholarships.

The toolbox includes formats, tools and methods

The project partners place tried-and-tested formats, tools and methods in a digital toolbox. The box is continually updated through the addition of practical tips and design suggestions, in order to enable other departments in the HWR Berlin to use them.

TOOLIP takes the international profile of the HWR Berlin to a whole new level. By integrating international partner universities and partner companies in our teaching, we ensure the success of practice-oriented projects.

Collaboration between international teams

TOOLIP facilitates international encounters – both in-person and virtual. Just like studying abroad, virtual global classrooms accord their participants – students and teaching staff alike – the opportunity to improve language skills, team-working skills and intercultural skills. Students also improve their chances on the employment market. The virtual working spaces provide those students who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to go abroad, a chance to gather international experience.

The aims of the project

  • Developing and collating new methods for virtual teaching
  • Extending international university partnerships
  • Improving graduate opportunities on the employment market
  • Providing inclusive and innovative mobility formats to all students
  • Providing support to lecturers teaching in online virtual classrooms

Take part and become a part of Toolip

Whether you are a student, a member of the teaching staff or a company − all are very welcome to take part in project TOOLIP and make their contribution to taking international digital teaching to the next level. Are you with us? Our TOOLIP coordinator Anke Droese is looking forward to hearing from you.

Would you like to gather international experience and extend your intercultural skills without going abroad?

  • Participation in a virtual global classroom, the Berlin International Week or other Toolip events enables you to hone your foreign language skills and develop a range of digital, collaborative and intercultural skills.
  • Work in an international team on a project relevant to your professional practice. Use digital tools to undertake virtual collaboration and improve your productivity.
  • Learn to reflect on your own cultural position to enable you to operate in an international context.

Sounds exciting? Then get in touch with Anke Droese and find out what Toolip can offer you:

Would you like to develop your teaching in an international direction? Then work together with one or more of our partner universities  to develop a virtual global classroom which you then integrate into your course.

  • Meetings with the teaching staff of the partner universities can be funded by the Erasmus+ programme. Thereby you can meet up to plan joint events or classes.

Interested? Then get in touch with Anke Droese and find out what Toolip can do for you:

Are you an internationally active company or an international organization looking to start or extend an existing collaboration with the HWR Berlin? We look forward to working with you.

How to take part in Project Toolip

  1. Project supervision within the scope of Berlin International Week: You add an issue to the TOOLIP mix in the form of a case study that reflects the priorities of your company. Students engage with this input and develop innovative user-focussed solutions.
  2. Guest lecture at Berlin International Week: Give a talk focussing on a topic from industry or society; share your practice experience.
  3.  Guest online lecture: Give a talk focussing on a topic from industry or society; share your practice experience.

The advantages

Collaboration with the HWR Berlin enables intensive exchange of knowledge and expertise between your organization and the HWR Berlin. Collaboration involves close co-operation with the HWR Berlin teaching staff.

  • Throughout the TOOLIP project, students will produce seminar papers or final thesis research topics directly relevant and of interest, to the activities of your company.
  • Highly-trained and motivated students support your company as part of an internship or a student job.
  • The presence of your company in the HWR Berlin network augments your image as a responsible employer.
  • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) are also given the opportunity to present themselves as an attractive employer to a sought-after pool of talent.

Interested? Get in touch with Anke Droese and become a TOOLIP partner.

Our Toolip partner universities