What is the Answer to High Drop-out Rates? Active Teaching and Self-Organised Learning (Module MS)


At your institution, you not only want to take top-down measures against the drop-out problem, but also want to contribute bottom-up, by “good teaching”, so that less students discontinue their education in the MINT-subjects (Mathematics, Information Technology, Natural Science and Technology)?

As a teacher, you would like to learn about methods on how to activate students and support sustainable learning?

Then this workshop is the right choice!

This is the background of our offer: on the one hand, higher education institutions with a focus on Technical and Natural Sciences (MINT) have to handle an increase in students, but often also have to deal with high drop-out rates. Especially in the first semesters is when students discontinue their programme, change programmes or leave the institution. In addition, students already enter the institution with various assumptions and experiences.

It is increasingly recognised that, while facing growing student numbers and a heterogeneous student population, suitable teaching and learning concepts are needed to cater to the (professional) experiences and the learning situation of this target group. The objective is then to work more actively and promote self-organised learning to impart problem-solving competences instead of purely factual knowledge. The workshop demonstrates ways and means to generate success factors for academic success by (active and student-oriented) teaching, especially in the MINT-subjects.

Leading to what?

These are the learning outcomes that we would like to reach with you…

  • You know that the success rate of your students is also dependent of how you design your teaching, that you support the students in their learning process and thus take responsibility for their academic success.
  • You are able to design an active teaching portfolio, that is focused on the needs and requirements of the students, and you can use this as a counter measure against high drop-out rates.
  • You know theoretical approaches to active teaching and learning and are able to apply appropriate methods specifically for higher education.
  • You use the positive effect of student-perspective in designing your teaching sessions.
  • You organise and integrate key qualifications and soft skills as essential learning objectives of your active teaching portfolio.



  • An overview of methods as well as teaching and learning formats for student-focused teaching and active as well as self-organised learning
  • Essential aspects of adult learning (experiential learning, learning by association)
  • Recommendations for developing a corresponding range of courses in your own subject area at your institution
  • Simulation of practical teaching and learning situations
  • Advantages and risks, success factors, assessment of arguments against active and student-focused teaching
  • Discussion of your practical examples and experiences as well as moderated exchange of experiences with other participants



The workshop is aimed at professors, lecturers and other teachers as well as scientific staff members, that plan and execute teaching sessions at higher education institutions and who would like to learn about and try new teaching concepts.

Chair, Input and Moderator

Dr. Sabina Fleitmann is a member of the ASIIN Consult competence team and independent organisational consultant for higher education institutions and associations. She advises on strategic organisational development and on expert panels and human resources management as well as on implementing concepts of “good teaching”. She also offers seminars and workshops on these topics. She combines her competence in organisational development and teaching with numerous practical experiences in higher education and associations.

As part of a teacher training programme, she worked as a lecturer, teacher in Bachelor and Master degree programmes and as seminar chair for many years. She has also contributed to the conceptualisation of new degree programmes also in MINT-subjects, and focuses on active and interactive teaching and learning. Moreover, she worked as a personal advisor and press secretary for the president of a higher education institution for Music.

For years, she has implemented competence in leadership and practical organisational development in various positions in cultural management and being active as a general manager of a professional association.



We combine elements of presentation and training as well as discussions and jointly work on case studies from the daily practice of the participants. We aim for interactive work with the “right” mix of professional input, moderating and interaction, while building on your experience for the mutual benefit of all participants.

The workshop chair gladly uses case studies and questions from your industry in the preparation of the workshop.

When and Where?

The workshop can be booked as an exclusive in-house event. Duration, location and date will be chosen based on your needs. Please contact Dr. Iring Wasser. (wasser@asiin.de; Tel. +49 211 900977-10).


The costs will be calculated based on duration and number of participants.


Dr. Iring Wasser, wasser@asiin.de; Tel. +49 211 900977-10

ASIIN Consult GmbH
Mörsenbroicher Weg 200
40470 Düsseldorf