SC14 Digital Universities


Attention: the individual sessions of this course can also be attended independently

In his famous ZEIT article from 2012 Heinz-Elmar Tenorth reflects (cf. about the role, which Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) could play in the university field. A couple of years later, neither the public nor educational science asks this disruptive question anymore. Nowadays MOOCs are quite common as digital learning spaces. But especially in Germany they only play a niche role in the portfolio of presence universities.

Meanwhile the discussions about universities of the future are still alive. They shift from digital learning spaces towards an expanded digitalization process, which concerns research, teaching, and administration at universities. Therefore, several personal and institutional strategies need to be reformed within a whole organizational development process.

In this course, we will examine those digitalization strategies with regard to a “digital university”. Which consequences will arouse for the traditional presence university through an overall digitalization process? Which (digital) infrastructures should be provided? Are you and your colleagues and accordingly your students prepared for a digital university? In a workshop setting, we will focus on those questions, and scrutinize the transformation ability of academic institutions all over the world.


- Reflection about research, academic teaching, and administration in a digital world
- Systematic analysis of current problems and digitalization strategies at (presence) universities
- Expression of the own role within organizational development processes


Henderson, M., Selwyn, N. & Aston, R. (2015). What works and why? Students perceptions of ‘useful’ digital technology in university teaching and learning. Studies in Higher Education. 1-13.'useful'_digital_technology_in_university_teaching_and_learning

Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (2016). 20 Theses on the Digitalisation of Higher Education. Discussion paper.

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Instructor information.

Instructor's name

Sandra Hofhues


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2015-current: Assistant Professor for Instructional Design/Media Pedagogy, University of Cologne, Germany
2013-2015: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, ‘Digital Education’, Chair of Higher Education, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, Lake Constance, Germany
2012-2013: Deputy Professor for Instructional Design, Heidelberg University of Education, Germany
2011-2012: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, ‘Blended Learning and E-Learning’, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
2007-2011: Research Assistant, Chair of Media Pedagogy, University of Augsburg, Germany
Several teaching assignments (e.g. Donau University Krems, Austria; University of St. Gallen, Switzerland).