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NextNormal – #WeStudyAtHome

In the first European podcast series featuring students’ views on higher education in the era of the “new normal”, we want do draw a panorama of European Higher Education in times of global change and challenges. Students from different European countries share their stories and together we want to ask: What can Higher Education learn from this shutdown – and what is the “Next Normal” in European Higher Education and student life?

In the podcast series, we are talking to students and student unions from all over Europe about their study experiences, challenges and the chances and potentials of a time in which Higher Education institutions all over Europe have and will have to rethink how we do and will study. Each episode is dedicated to one European country.


Time Period
Since July 2020

Project Coordinator
DHBW Karlsruhe

Project partner
ESU – European Students‘ Union
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 Eigbrecht, L., Ehlers, U.-D. (2022): Forward-looking Futures: Die Zukunft der Hochschulbildung aus Studierendensicht. Eine vorläufige explorative Analyse. Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe (Ed.). Karlsruhe. 30. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medien in der Wissenschaft e.V.. ONLINE ACCESS
02 Eigbrecht, L., Ehlers, U.-D. (2022): Forward-looking Futures: The Future of Higher Education from a student perspective. Tallinn. 31. EDEN Jahreskonferenz: Shaping the digital transformation of the education ecosystem in Europe.
03 Ehlers, U.-D., Bonaudo, P. (2020): Shaping The next normal - Explorative expert survey among teachers. 11th EDEN Research Workshop. ONLINE ACCESS
The Covid 19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the importance of digital HEI teaching. The digitisation of a course of study poses many challenges for teachers. This paper presents the results of a survey of lecturers at the DHBW (Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University). Challenges and opportunities were examined in order to derive recommendations for good digital teaching for the future. This paper is based on three pillars: 1. recommendations for good online teaching, 2. a list of the institutional support requirements, and 3. a foresight on the future of digital teaching. In summary, it can be seen that teaching concepts have changed fundamentally as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. While some courses have been converted to online frontal teaching, other formats promote the self- learning process of students by emphasising self-study, with teachers moving away from the classic role of knowledge mediators and increasingly acting as coaches. This can be seen as an effort to make the best possible use of the new conditions created by the pandemic in order to move higher education teaching from pure knowledge transfer to competence transfer. The aim of the present analysis is to promote the digitization of courses in the long term and to make lasting improvements. The results should help teachers to design their courses efficiently and in a way that is appropriate for the target group and to improve the quality of teaching in the long term.
04 Ehlers, U.-D., Eigbrecht, L. & Bonaudo, P. (2020): Next normal – WeStudy@Home. In: Folgen 1 – 12. ONLINE ACCESS

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