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Guest talk

Dr. Mehwish Waheed

(Center for Higher Education (zhb), TU Dortmund University, Germany)

Students' perceptual quality standards for judging knowledge quality

This presentation draws on students' perception of quality of knowledge gained from e-learning content and presents a 5-dimensional scale to evaluate knowledge quality. A detailed knowledge quality conceptualization and operationalization have supported the instrument development. It is a novel attempt to quantify knowledge quality, unlike the adaptations of data quality and information quality measurement tools. A qualitative-quantitative sequential mixed-method design was employed to empirically validate the instrument. Data is collected from undergraduate and postgraduate students in two different phases. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis confirmed the 5 dimensional second-order perceived e-learning knowledge quality model – comprised of 33 sub-dimensions. The scale is inclusive of five key dimensions (Intrinsic knowledge quality, Contextual knowledge quality, Representational knowledge quality, Accessible knowledge quality, and Actionable knowledge quality) used to assess the quality of knowledge gained from e-learning content. The proposed dimensions are the benchmarks that provide insight for educators in considering the intrinsic, contextual, representational, accessible and actionable aspects of content before making it available for students' use.

Mewish Waheed is a guest researcher at the Professorship of Higher Education holding a two-year fellowship of the Georg Forster Research Fellowship of the Humboldt-Foundation. She graduated with a PhD in Information Science from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in 2015. She holds a Master of Science in Technology Management from the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan, and a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. Before joining the Center for Higher Education at TU Dortmund, she was a Research Assistant at the Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and worked as eLearning Administrator in Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 4.00–5.30 p.m. | Vogelpothsweg 78 (CDI building), room 114
Center for Higher Education (zhb)
Professorship of Higher Education

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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