Completed Projects

  • Duration



    Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany, Research funding „Digital Higher Education“


    The project aims at identifying possibilities of cross-institutional and Länder-spanning digital higher education. Accompanied by an advisory board and based on national and international Desk research and Focus groups, we will develop several proposals for such structures.


    • Project management: Prof. Dr. Eva Cendon
    • Project employee: Dorothée Schulte, Anita Mörth, Elise Glaß


    Cendon, Eva; Schulte, Dorothée, Glaß, Elise; Mörth, Anita & Beckmann, Viola (2021): GDOU - German Digital Open University. Proposed forms of collaboration for digital higher education in Germany. Research report. Hagen. Retrieved from:

  • Duration

    01.01.2019 – 31.12.2020, extended till May 2021

    Digitally Competent Educators – ongoing course consisting of 3 modules: module 1, module 2, module 3. Starting times in spring and autumn.


    EADTU/Erasmus +


    The E-SLP Digitally Competent Educators aims to develop and foster educator’s digital pedagogic competence in teaching and learning in all levels of education. The European Short Learning Programme (E-SLP) is a project about Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) on a European level for continuous professional development and lifelong learning, which consist of courses with a common subject focussing on specific needs in society. The E-SLP can be completed with a certificate and also be part of larger degrees. This project is about developing, piloting and evaluating an E-SLP in cooperation with the Open University of Jyväskylä (Finland) (lead), Universidade Aberta (Portugal) und Anadolu Universitesi (Turkey). The central framework for this E-SLP constitutes the Digital Competence Framework for Educators (DigCompEdu), published by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.

    Digitally Competent Educators comprises three 5 ECTS modules at different competence levels with a duration of eight weeks each:

    1. Introduction to digital competences for educators

    Using digital technologies for communication, collaboration and professional development, to enhance inclusion, personalization and learners active engagement.

    Proficiency level: From Newcomer to Explorer.

    2. Teaching and learning with digital resources

    Managing and orchestrating the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning including sourcing, creating and sharing digital resources.

    Proficiency level: From Explorer to Integrator.

    3. Facilitating and assessing learners’ digital competencies

    Using digital technologies and strategies to enhance assessment by enabling learners creatively and responsibly to use of digital technologies for information, communication, content creation, well-being and problem solving.

    Proficiency level: From Integrator to Expert.

    The international pilot starts in January 2020 and the E-SLP is will be embedded as an international elective module in the master e-Education by winter term 2020.


    FernUniversität in Hagen

    Project management: Prof. Dr. Eva Cendon

    Project employee: Magda Zarebski, Research Associate

    International Coordinator: Dr. Ingrid Thaler

    Open University of Jyväskylä

    Overall management: Dr. Virpi Uotinen

    Project employee: Dr. Leena Hiltunen

    International Coordinator: Päivi Kananen

    Anadolu Universitesi

    Project management: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Firat

    Project employee: Aysun Günes, Lecturer

    Universidade Aberta

    Project management: Prof. Dr. Glória Bastos

    Project employee: Prof. Dr. Lúcia Amante

    Project employee: Prof. Dr. Isolina Oliveira

    Further information



    • Bastos, Gloria; Cendon, Eva; Firat, Mehmet; Juutinen, Sanna; Kananen, Päivi; Uotinen, Virpi & Zarebski, Magda (2021): Lessons learned from Creation of Digitally Competent Educators SLP [to be published]. In George Urbachs (Ed.) The Envisioning Report for Empowering Universities. Maastricht, NL: EADTU.

    • Cendon, Eva & Zarebski, Magda (17.-18.06.2021). Digitally Competent Educators joining international classrooms. A students’ perspective [Paper-Präsentation]. International Academic Mobility in a (Post) COVID-19 World. Spanish and German Perspectives, Online-Conference.

    • Hiltunen, Leena; Kananen, Päivi; Uotinen, Virpi; Cendon, Eva; Zarebski, Magda; Bastos, Gloria & Günes, Aysun (2019). Boosting Educators‘ Digital Competences. World Conference on Online Learning (ICDE). Dublin, Ireland. Online available on:

  • With the “Advancement through Education: Open Universities” competition the Federal Government together with the Länder is funding universities and universities of applied sciences to develop distinct profiles in the field of lifelong academic learning and part-time study programs designed for professionals and others target groups. The competition is accompanied scientifically by a consortium consisting of the FernUniversität in Hagen (overall management), the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, the TU Dortmund University and the Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE). The research team of the FernUniversität focusses on the interconnection between academic and professional knowledge in study programs developed within the competition and in the context of national and international developments.

    Further information:

  • Accompanying research of the joint Federal Government-Länder Competition “Advancement through Education: Open Universities” (2011–2015) under the responsibility of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (overall management), the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Berlin University for Professional Studies