CORE – Critical Online Reasoning in Higher Education

What is CORE?

Approximately three million students at more than 420 institutions of higher education in Germany use the Internet daily to obtain information to complete assignments and prepare for exams. Studies reveal that students lack the skills to properly search, filter, evaluate, and integrate information gained from the highly diverse and overabundant online content. The need to understand, evaluate and consequently strengthen the skills of knowledge acquisition through Internet based media is crucial.

The interdisciplinary and international research unit “Critical Online Reasoning in Higher Education (CORE)” (FOR 5404) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for an initial period of four years (2023–2027) aims to explore the online learning behaviors and online information landscapes that students in medicine, physics, economics, and social sciences use for their studies.