Action Research on the unsolved transfer question of science and practice

Dr. Jens Kohne, Deputy Director of the Institute, IFBB

In the field of in-company training, practice rushes ahead of science in many areas of application and use, which leads to blind spots in the research landscape. In the sense of action and application research, a mutual transfer at eye level is required here, in which the IFBB sees itself embedded.
Therefore, one of the primary tasks of the IFBB is the interlocking of stakeholders of in-company education with science as well as with actors of vocational and further education. This interlocking is implemented through the initiation of/or participation in R&D projects, the think tank “Corporate education” as well as through public relations and agenda setting.

The IFBB participates in publicly funded R&D projects and uses the approach of Design Based Research (DBR), which is to be understood as a further development of action research, for practice-science communication. The research approach is particularly suitable for complex, largely undefined developments and promises a high level of acceptance and impact in practice.

Our current research projects

KIWW: KI Wissens- und Weiterbildungszentrum (KI-Knowledge and Training Center)

The successful entry of a company into the world of Artificial Intelligence AI does not only depend on technological factors. Elementary prerequisites are knowledge and further education: in addition to a basic technical understanding (e.g., on the importance of digital data for AI). It is also primarily about the ability to evaluate and use the potentials and limits of AI (including pattern recognition, predictions, speech and facial recognition) overall and for one’s own company (e.g., for the development of new products or services or for quality assurance) as well as openness to co-determination in the operational use of AI. Against this background, the KIWW has established a supra-regional, online knowledge pool on human-centered Kl systems and their participatory, co-creative and social partnership-based introduction and application in companies, as its core task, especially in SMEs. In this way, the KIWW aims to contribute to the human-centered implementation of technological possibilities – through the participation and co-creation of employees. In addition, the KIWW works closely with the “regionalen Zukunftszentren” ((RZZ) (Regional Future Centers ) in western Germany. In this context, the IFBB is a central contact for the innovative teaching/learning concepts developed and tested by the RZZs. Furthermore, the KIWW organizes the summative transfer with the event series “RZZ Roadshow 2022: Kompetenzentwicklung im Betrieb” (Competence Development in the Company).


Mathias Fleig 
Project Management

01.04.2021 – 31.12.2022

KIPerWeb: AI-supported personalization in job-related continuing education

The continuing vocational education and training system could be even more powerful if learners were provided with learning opportunities that are precisely tailored to their needs. The effectiveness of learning courses could be increased if the content could be adapted to individual prerequisites, needs and framework conditions. It would increase motivation to learn if personal interests and empowerment were taken into account in individual learning content just as much as the requirements of the working world.

AI technologies can help with this. Their potential for job-related continuing education is to be investigated and harnessed in the KIPerWeb joint project. The goal is to provide course participants with adaptive learning and needs-based support through personalization and with the support of AI technologies. The project supports the flexibilization of continuing education toward microlearning, which makes it possible to flexibly adapt offerings to changing conditions and to different participant needs. As part of the project, the IFBB is developing a community of practice “Digital Continuing Education Platforms”, which will ensure an exchange and transfer of knowledge in science and educational practice throughout the project.


Dr. Martin Lindner 
Project Management

01.05.2021 – 30.04.2024