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The research report presents the results of the project German Digital Open University: Developing structural models of digital higher education in Germany, which was conducted under the leadership of Prof. Dr Eva Cendon at the FernUniversität in Hagen between April and September 2021at the FernUniversität in Hagen and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the funding priority on "Digital University Education" (Digitale Hochschulbildung).

The project results include possible approaches for a potential collaboration between higher education institutions in the form of a German Digital Open University (GDOU) that incorporates various dimensions of digitalisation and is dedicated to opening up higher education (openness) as well as to the transfer of knowledge 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..

The research report is available in German and English language and can be downloaded as Open Access (PDF) via deposit_hagen:

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


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On the occasion of eucen’s 30th anniversary, the eucen eJournal of University Lifelong Learning has been widely revised. As the European Journal of University Lifelong Learning (EJULL) it comprises various types of contributions – research articles, reports on innovative practice, discussion papers – that intend to cater for the perspectives of the divers actors in the context of continuing education in Europe and beyond. All submitted texts undergo a review process. Prof.°Dr.°Eva Cendon is responsible for the new European journal as editor-in-chief, supported by a managing editor and the editorial board.

The current issue’s thematic anchor is the eucen online experts seminar “Learning for Impact in a Changing World” at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands in June 2021. The issue includes nine articles, framed by an editorial and an interview with Mirko Noordegraaf on the societal impact of universities. Our Department’s contribution is an article on University Continuing Education as an Innovation Lab by Eva Cendon, Dorothée Schulte and Anita Mörth on.

Learning for Impact in a Changing World. European Journal of University Lifelong Learning (EJULL), 5(1), 2021. DOI:10.53807/0501royf