Teaching Digital Thinking

Strategies for conception, mediation, dynamization and sustainable implementation

Our project encompasses an Austria-wide concept to provide the broadest possible spectrum of students with the skills needed to understand, critically reflect and shape digital transformation. In interdisciplinary cooperation, computer scientists and non-computer scientists develop new content, new didactic methods and prototypes for the teaching of "digital skills".

We understand digital skills in a multidisciplinary way, for example from a humanities, cultural, legal, natural or social science perspective. Computer science students need a basic understanding of human, social, legal and ethical issues. We want to provide our students with research-led and sustainable skills so that subject-specific previous knowledge, interests and needs are taken into account and linked with digital skills in interdisciplinary cooperation.


The project develops new content, didactic methods and forms of teaching that give graduates the skills they need to understand, actively participate in shaping and critically reflect on the digital transformation and its social effects. The goal is to implement the new concepts at Austrian universities in a sustainable way by anchoring digital competencies in the curricula. In this way, the universities make their contribution to finding solutions for the global challenges of the 21st century.

  • Duration: 01.10.2020 - 31.12.2024
  • Project Leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Claudia Plant, Faculty of Computer Science, Research Group Data Mining and Machine Learning, University of Vienna
  • Participating Universities: University of Vienna, Graz University of Technology, University of Graz,
    University of Innsbruck, Paris Londron University Salzburg