News and events

The second phase of the Project «Digital Literacies» has been accepted by swissuniversities and will be supported until 2024 as part of the federal programm «Strengthening of Digital Skills in Teaching». The first phase of the project extended from early 2019 to the end of 2020.

News and events related to the project will be published on this page.

Past News and events can be found in our Archive.

Lecture series: Critical AI Literacy

AlphaFold, Midjourney, ChatGPT... For several years now, AI-based tools have been increasingly shaping the research and education landscape. What are the concrete consequences, both positive and negative, of this development?

In this lecture series, experts from various disciplines will present well-founded insights and share their reflection with the public. It is aimed at students of all disciplines, as well as at other University members and the general public, who want to better understand the development of artificial intelligence and acquire «Critical AI Literacy».

More information on this lecture series can be found in the course directory.

Students can register via the usual procedure, other can write an e-mail to

The program (in German) can also be downloaded as a PDF file here.


29.02.2024EinführungBijan Fateh-Moghadam, Heiko Schuldt, Jean Terrier
07.03.2023KI und Maschinelles Lernen: Lernen Maschinen anders als Menschen?Volker Roth
14.03.2024To be datafied or not to be? Macht und Bias in KIBianca Prietl
21.03.2024KI-basierte BildgenerierungVera Chiquet
21.03.2024AI and the Subconscious: A Peek into Machine HallucinationsOnome Ekeh
11.04.2024Kreativitäts-KI-ckstarts bis zu unerkannten Fehlern – zentrale Kompetenzen für die Verwendung von KI am Beispiel grosser SprachmodelleCaroline Lehr
18.04.2024Vom Schreibknecht zum Schreibcoach? KI-Tools in geisteswissenschaftlichen ForschungsprozessenMartin Luginbühl
Mirjam Weder
25.04.2024On the use and importance of open-source large language models in behavioral scienceRui Mata
Zak Hussain
02.05.2024Ethical perspectives on AI: the case of life sciences and medicineDavid Shaw
16.05.2024Die Regulierung von KI-Werkzeugen am Beispiel der EU KI-VerordnungNadja Braun Binder
30.05.2024Die Politik der Algorithmen

Sabine Müller-Mall


The program (in German) can also be downloaded as a PDF file here

Continuing education courses, spring term 2024

For teachers and instructors of the University of Basel:
In the spring term, the team Educational Technologies offers several training courses on how to strengthen your digital skills as well as those of your students:

You will find more information as well as the registration forms on this page.

Series «Einstieg in...» / «Getting started with»

The series “Getting started with...” offers basic recommendations and practical tips and tricks on several central areas of digital skills. The following issues are now online:

AI-based tools

In the past months, AI-based tools have received a growing amount of public attention. Questions have emerged about the use of such tools in teaching. To support its teaching teams, the University of Basel has put together various resources, including a course on AI in teaching and Citing AI tools, a document for students that provides guidelines on how to cite generative tools.

For teachers, the central entry point is the Intranet page “AI in teaching” (accessible to University members only).
The Project Digital Literacies has also updated some of its resources. On this web portal, you will find recommendations about valuable internet pages and interesting documents on what AI-based tools are and  on how to use them wisely. Check in particular

Moreover, the Framework Digital Literacies is currently being updated to include AI literacy among basic digital skills. More information will soon appear on this page.

Framework Digital Literacies: updated version

The University of Basel is committed to help its members strengthen their digital skills. In order to study or work successfully at the University of Basel, they should have the appropriate level of digital skills and literacy. To help them reach this goal, the University provides learning resources and support.

The Framework Digital Literacies has been developed by the team Educational Technologies to serve as a common ground. It entails precise definitions, establishes a common language and helps evaluating knowledge and skills.

The Framework has been updated this spring. Next to new names for the literacy areas and formal improvements, the use of AI-based tools has now been included as part of the digital skillset.

Teachers as well as administrative staff members can use the framework to define learning objectives or to estimate the skill level that is required to perform certain activities and tasks.

The six areas of digital literacy are:

The Framework as well as the “Digital Skills” web portal that is structured according to it can be found here.