23 August 2019

call for contributions: Conference “Strategies Beyond Borders”

call for contributions: Conference “Strategies Beyond Borders”

Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are inviting proposals for contributions to the “Strategies Beyond Borders – Transforming Higher Education in a Digital Age” conference taking place in Berlin form 9 to 10 December 2019.

Higher Education Institutions need strategies for teaching and learning in a digital age. In Germany, HFD and DAAD support academic institutions in their strategic development through a variety of programs. The transformation of higher education in a digital age appears to be a strategic opportunity for more collaboration on both national and international level, stronger networks and a real shift from teaching to learning, putting the individual learner in focus.

According to recent studies such as the EUA Trends study (Gaebel & Zhang, 2018) and a report on “Research, Innovation and Technological Performance in Germany” (EFI, 2019), digitalisation is taking on an ever greater strategic role at higher education institutions. However, major challenges remain in the strategic development of teaching and administration along the entire student journey. Initiatives such as Bologna Digital have recently sketched out potential approaches towards new visions for higher education in the digital age.

In order to discuss innovative and transferable strategic approaches on different levels and especially across and beyond borders, HFD and DAAD jointly host an international conference with a focus on strategies for teaching and learning and (international) cooperation in the digital age. The conference will offer a variety of contents and formats which aim at providing new insights and orientation to higher education institutions and other stakeholders on strategies for transforming higher education in a digital age.

You are cordially invited to submit a proposal for a contribution to one of six topic clusters: Governance, Policy & Strategies; Networks & Collaboration; Infrastructure & Interoperability; Innovation in Teaching & Learning; as well as Skills & Curricula and Student Experience. Regardless of the topic cluster selected, the contribution must have strategic relevance for one or, ideally, several higher education institutions.

The possible formats include presentations (30 Min); live-demos of educational technologies and scenarios (30 Min), workshops (90 Min) and poster sessions. There will also be an option to propose barcamp sessions during the conference.

The deadline for submission of a proposal is 2 September 2019.

More information and Submission form can be found here.