The chances, risks and consequences of digital education offers for Germany’s higher education system
Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs for short, are currently on everyone’s lips, but MOOCs are only one example of how to use digital teaching components as teaching material, social media and adapting testing software can benefit HEIs in different ways. The CHE and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft are staging a conference on 27 November 2013 to discuss the chances, risks and consequences of these kinds of educational offers.
In addition to hopes for wide access to higher education as well as the costs of a regular study programme, which are exploding in some countries, such as the US, there is another factor that explains why everyone is currently talking about MOOCs, namely that “digital natives” are coming of age in terms of study. CHE project leader Lukas Bischof said: “We have drawn up an agenda that not only considers MOOCs but also the digitalisation of teaching on a large scale. It is time to explore the potential of digital education offers in a systematic fashion and anchor them in higher education strategies.”
The CHE is currently looking at key questions concerning the digitalisation of teaching in a study that investigates national and international developments in terms of their relevance and benefit for the German higher education landscape. The questions are: how can new technologies improve teaching? For which HEIs would it be sensible to produce their own digital teaching products and which HEIs would be better off using content produced by other universities? Are MOOCs appropriate tools for attracting new students?
Managing Director of the CHE Dr. Jörg Dräger will be presenting the key findings of the study at the conference and discussing them with participants from HEIs, education ministries and educational companies. In a keynote speech, Prof. Dr. Paul Kim, chief technology officer at the School of Education in Stanford, will be giving insights into the digitalisation of teaching in the US. Michael Gaebel, head of the higher Education Policy Unit at the European University Association (EUA) will be presenting the findings of an EUA study on the potential of MOOCs for European universities. HEIs, teachers and providers of education technology will also be invited to present their own national examples of digitalised teaching.
Mr Bischof said: “The meeting will highlight the application scope, potential and risks, will point out the relevance of international developments and will offer an opportunity to discuss possible higher education strategies in the context of digitalised education.”
The conference “MOOCs and beyond – the chances, risks and consequences of digital education offers for Germany’s higher education system” will take place on 27 November 2013 at the Allianz-Forum in Berlin. Registration for the event is now open.Beschriftung