Understanding and shaping change processes in the context of digitisation
The sustained incorporation of digital educational offerings into the real world of higher education institutions can only be achieved by applying major change processes. In a new publication by the German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age (Hochschulforum Digitalisierung), an investigation is made into the organisational requirements and options for introducing digital learning into teaching and study. The publications also provides information about how to specifically shape appropriate change processes with success.
The digitisation activities currently being undertaken at HEIs in Germany are essentially limited to fundamental offers related to infrastructure and isolated initiatives that are usually far away from the systematic use of the potentials associated with digital education formats. It has been shown that the sustained incorporation of digital educational offerings in the real world of HEIs can only be achieved by adopting major change processes. To this end, structures and processes must be changed at the various institutional levels of HEIs, and a profound change in attitude and behaviour must set in.
In the study entitled “Zur nachhaltigen Implementierung von Lerninnovationen mit digitalen Medien” (On the sustained implementation of learning innovations involving digital media), the “Change Management and Organisational Development” Working Group of the Higher Education Forum on Digitisation investigates critical and controllable conditions and factors for shaping the integration of teaching-related digitisation activities at HEIs. In so doing, the Working Group collected 14 case studies at HEIs in Germany and Austria, and then evaluated them.
In their study, the experts identify specific features of the digitisation of teaching and learning that are relevant to innovation policy. Favourable and not so favourable conditions are then presented for the respective phases of change processes beyond the individual HEIs. The authors close by providing recommendations for promising innovation processes in the area of the digitisation of teaching, showing decision-makers at HEIs empirically and theoretically based options for action.
German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age (Hochschulforum Digitalisierung)The German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age (Hochschulforum Digitalisierung) is a joint project of the Stifterverband, the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the CHE Centre for Higher Education involving the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Conference of the Ministers of Education. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
For more information about the “Change Management and Organisational Development” Working Group, coordinated by CHE Consult, visit www.hochschulforumdigitalisierung.de/de/themen/changemanagement-und-organisationsentwicklung
Further Information can be found in the publication stated below.