As early as the 1970s, the TU Darmstadt established a central working group for the qualification of student teachers, who supported courses and taught learning and working techniques to students in addition to their study program.
In 1983, the University Senate transformed this working group into the Center for Educational Development and Technology (Hochschuldidaktische Arbeitsstelle, HDA), which has since been assigned to the Vice President for Studies and Teaching.
Subsequently, the HDA expanded its areas of responsibility to include continuing education in university teaching and advising of teachers, evaluation of courses and surveys of students and graduates, as well as guidance and practical support for e-learning and educational media. These fields of work form the core services of the HDA today.
At the same time, the HDA is constantly addressing new needs at the university, building up expertise and competence in projects and passing them on as a multiplier to lecturers, students, departments and central services. Examples include innovative teaching and learning formats for interdisciplinary project weeks, for supporting international students, for student mentoring or study techniques in digital learning settings, or for introducing topics such as mental well-being and health as well as diversity in studies and teaching.