Shaping the Next Normal – Explorative Expert Survey Among Teachers

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers
Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe

Patricia Bonaudo
Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe


The Covid 19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the importance of digital HEI teaching. The digitisation of a course of study poses many challenges for teachers. This paper presents the results of a survey of lecturers at the DHBW (Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University). Challenges and opportunities were examined in order to derive recommendations for good digital teaching for the future. This paper is based on three pillars: (a) recommendations for good online teaching, (b) a list of the institutional support requirements, and (c) a foresight on the future of digital teaching. In summary, it can be seen that teaching concepts have changed fundamentally as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. While some courses have been converted to online frontal teaching, other formats promote the self-learning process of students by emphasising self-study, with teachers moving away from the classic role of knowledge mediators and increasingly acting as coaches. This can be seen as an effort to make the best possible use of the new conditions created by the pandemic in order to move higher education teaching from pure knowledge transfer to competence transfer. The aim of the present analysis is to promote the digitization of courses in the long term and to make lasting improvements. The results should help teachers to design their courses efficiently and in a way that is appropriate for the target group and to improve the quality of teaching in the long term.

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