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DIGI-HE – A Strategic Reflection Tool of Digitalisation at European Higher Education Institutions

Institutions of higher education and universities are all trying to adapt to the digitised world in the most appropriate way. However, they are all at different levels in this process. The project will develop a tool for universities and institutions of higher education that will help them to independently evaluate their current position in the process of digitisation and that will also show the possibilities for the further upgrading of digital capacities.

Through surveys, the self-assessment at educational institutions will be determined and compared with the actual status of digitisation. In addition, these surveys are used to determine what efforts exist at the respective university to further develop the digital possibilities. Finally, the instrument will be developed.

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Time Period
January 2020 - December 2022

Project Coordinator
European University Association (EUA)

Project partner
Dublin City University, Ireland
Jyvaskyla University, Finland
Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
EDEN Digital Learning Europe
Irish University Association


Funding amount
628.272,00€ total budget
82.000,00€ DHBW Karlsruhe

Project team

Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel

Director of the Researchgroup and Professorship for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning

Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel

Director of the Researchgroup and Professorship for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning

Related publications
01 Ehlers, U.-D., Geier, N. (2023): Verbesserung der Strategien für digital gestütztes Lernen und Lehren in der Hochschulbildung durch institutionelle DELT-Self-Assessments. In: die hochschullehre.
02 Ehlers, U.-D., Geier, N. (2022): Improving digitally enhanced learning and teaching strategies in higher education through DELT-self-assessments. Paderborn. dghd Annual Conference 2022: Transformations – Perspectives on post-digital university teaching. ONLINE ACCESS
03 Ehlers, U.-D., Bonaudo, P. (2020): DIGI-HE – A strategic reflection tool on digitalisation at European higher education institutions. Timisoara. EDEN2020 Annual Conference: Human and artificial intelligence for the society of the future. Inspiring digital education for the next STE(A)M student generation. ONLINE ACCESS
Digitalisation is an issue of growing importance at all higher education institutions (HEIs). It is often developed and driven bottom-up. In this regard, the intended self-assessment tool that the present paper aims to present “DIGI-HE” will support higher education institutions in developing their individual approaches to foster digitisation, methodological and conceptual approach. The present paper will outline the methodological procedure of design and subsequent validation of the tool. In a time when experimentation with, and mainstreaming of digital technology use is progressing to develop holistic strategies that encompass learning and teaching, research and innovation, as well as cooperation and outreach DIGI-HE will represent a self-reflection tool adapted to higher education to support the institutional efforts, to develop and implement strategies, which purposeful and holistic in comprising both missions, education and research. It will also furthermore attach particular importance to the need for dialogue among all actors and stakeholders in digitalisation, and address areas of activities relation to cooperation and outreach, including internationalisation strategies and practices.
04 Gaebel, M. Morrisroe, A. (2023): The Future of Digitally Enhanced Learning and Teaching In European Higher Education Institutions. DIGI-HE Final Report. ONLINE ACCESS

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