The research report of the project “German Digital Open University: Proposed forms of collaboration for digital higher education in Germany” that was conducted under the leadership of our member Prof. Dr Eva Cendon at the FernUniversität in Hagen between April and September 2021 alongside Dorothée Schulte (UFN member), Elise Glaß, Anita Mörth & Viola Beckmann has already been published. It was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung [BMBF]) as part of the funding priority on “Digital Higher Education” (Digitale Hochschulbildung).

It presents possible approaches for a potential collaboration between higher education institutions in the form of a German Digital Open University (GDOU). This concept of a GDOU incorporates various dimensions of digitalisation and is dedicated to opening up higher education (openness) as well as to the transfer of knowledge. Potential key strategic aspects of a GDOU range from strengthening social participation to improving the employability of individuals. The findings are intended to serve as inspiration for key actors within higher education as well as political stakeholders, in order to advance the concept of a GDOU and make it a reality.

You can read the full report here.