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Two days without a smartphone?

French researchers discuss study design in Ilmenau

Liane Rothenberger (right) invited Carsten Wilhelm and Sabine Bosler from the Université de Haute-Alsace to Ilmenau (photo: Irina Tribusean)

Two seminar groups of IfMK’s bachelors program have already gained experience with the so-called "deprivation study" CUMEN: They recorded their media use in a media diary for three days, then had to renounce their favourite medium for two days and then write about their experiences. The CUMEN project now includes almost 300 such protocols and descriptions by students from France, Switzerland, and Germany. CUMEN project manager Dr. Carsten Wilhelm, assistant professor at the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse, now visited the IfMK for a project meeting together with doctoral student Sabine Bosler. Both scientists work at CRESAT (Centre de recherches sur les économies, les sociétés, les arts et les techniques). The project meeting was initiated by CUMEN member Dr. Liane Rothenberger. The team discussed the study design, the available data and a possible implementation of the CUMEN tools at African universities in order to investigate the intercultural aspects even more intensively.

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