open learning cultures…

In my last book I argue: It is true… an avalanche is coming! It will hit the universities and change completely the nature of their organization, profile and mission. The avalanche has started already on the top of the mountain and finds its way downward. You don’t see it but it is moving faster and faster with great force underneath the surface. If you are experienced with avalanches you know that it will hit but you don’t know when, and if you are experienced with higher education you know why: Universities are giving away knowledge for free. More and more higher education institutions are opening up, in their business models in their leaning designs and in their access regulations. A huge pressure on the classical 20th century university is building up because its unique selling point – to be produces and shepherds of knowledge – no longer holds differentiating power when knowledge is made available for everybody or free. When knowledge is available one of the important future tasks of universities will be to give orientation about quality and to organize certification and assessment. The intention of this book is to lead the way to these horizons and discuss new emerging and more open forms and methods of quality development and assessment.

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers (2013): Open Learning Cultures. A Guide to Quality, Evaluation and Assessment for Future Learning. New York (Springer)

About Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is Vicepresident for Quality and Academic Affairs at the Baden Wurttemberg-State University in Stuttgart, Germany. He has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the same university. Before he has held positions as Associate Professor in the University Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Professor for Technology Enhanced Learning in the University Augsburg (Germany) and Associate Professor of the Graduate School for Management and Technology of the University of Maryland University College (USA). Ulf is an educational scientist and holds degrees in English Language, Social Sciences and Educational Sciences from the University of Bielefeld, where he finished his Ph.D. with honors in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning in 2003, and was awarded his habilitation in 2008 from the University of Duisburg-Essen. He has created many international, European and national projects and was involved in founding the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning, in which he served as Vicepresident and President for several terms. He has also served as President and Vicepresident of the of the largest german speaking e-learning Association, the Society for Media in Science (GMW e.V.) as well as serving on advisory boards to several professional associations in the field. Before his career in academia he has been a successful and award winning entrepreneur in the field of webbased IT Technologies and founder of several companies.
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