Organizational Adaptivity in the German Higher Education Context (OrA)

The project is part of the research cluster D²L² "Digitalization, Diversity and Lifelong Learning - Consequences for Higher Education" at the FernUniversität in Hagen

Project leads:

Feu: Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedrich W. Hesse and Dr. Len Ole Schäfer
HIIG: Dr. Benedikt Fecher

Project duration:

April 2020 through March 2023


The OrA project is a cooperation of the research cluster D²L² of the FernUniversität in Hagen and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG).

In the project, we are following three guiding principles to answer the overarching question of how teaching and learning innovations can be successfully adapted at universities:

1. conceptual: Which (novel) organizational models are suitable for describing change processes in the implementation of teaching and learning innovations in higher education?

2. analytically: How do the organizational change processes in the implementation of teaching and learning innovations differ with regard to different types of higher education institutions and specific teaching innovations?

3. applied: What are adequate strategies for the implementation of teaching innovations at German universities?


Research Team Members