Less than 50% of further education programs feature digitized learning concepts

The "Hochschulforum Digitalisierung" is a joint initiative educational foundations and research institutions.  In its topic group "New Business Models, Technologies and Lifelong Learning", the Forum examined the market for digitized academic course offerings. In detail, the topic group examined the question of whether, how and to what extent further education is responding to the challenge of digitization with new digital qualification offerings and formats. For this matter, a total of 402 private and public colleges and universities in Germany was examined in a comprehensive research. Among other things, the study comes to the following conclusions:

  • Of the sample examined, 190 universities or 47% digitally support, supplement or even virtually replace their continuing education programs and offers.
  • On the other hand, 182 universities or 45% still have no digital continuing education offering.
  • At universities, the percentage of institutions with digital learning technologies is 66%, at universities of applied sciences only 48% have such offerings.
  • With regards to digital further education, there is no systematic difference between private and public universities.
  • The technical focus of digitized further education lies primarily on business management and MINT topics.
  • Content-wise 25% of the offer includes online services, i.e. the events are traditionally carried out, but are digitally supported e.g. by the use of learning management systems (LMS). 12% have at least one partially digitized course (webinars, WBTs, video-lectures, social media, e-examinations) and only 10% offer at least one fully digitized course and operate without traditional classroom instruction.

Source: Hochschulforum Digitalisierung. Arbeitspapier Nr. 30, Juni 2016: Ein Leben Lang Digitales Lernen. Neue Weiterbildungsangebote aus Hochschulen.