Best of Austria: Austria’s Higher Education e-Learning Landscape - Summary of the Status Quo

ID: 53209 Type: Invited
  1. Hans-Peter Steinbacher, University of Applied Sciences Kufstein, Austria

Wednesday, June 27 4:15 PM-5:15 PM Location: Koepelzaal

Presider: Hidekatsu Yanagi, Future University Hakodate, Japan

Abstract: An empirical study was conducted to assess the status quo of the Austrian e-learning landscape in tertiary education. The study examined strategies, resources, organization and experience relating to the use of educational technologies at all Austrian universities. The surveys showed that universities, universities of applied sciences, colleges of education and private universities consistently use e-learning, although the intensity and supply vary widely. The comparatively limited use of e-learning must be viewed critically, especially at colleges of education, since an adequate strategic orientation seems to be lacking in this regard. Opportunities for further education and incentive schemes appear to be indispensable but currently insufficient at all higher education institutions. Qualitative interviews strengthened the results of the online questionnaires. Based on the numerous concrete data, the study provides a comprehensive overview, ranging from strategic objectives to practical experience, from which seven recommendations for action have been derived


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