HFD Hangouts

The HFD Hangouts are virtual discussion formats that we offer regularly via Zoom. The Hangouts bring together experts, teachers, employees of didactic or support institutions, students, and interested parties from the world of education to informally exchange ideas on current topics and challenges related to digitization in higher education.

The online meeting begins with a keynote speech. Afterwards, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and actively participate in the discussion. The topics are set by the community itself. We record some of the keynote presentations and make them available here and on YouTube.

Our past hangouts

10.07.2023 from 14-15:30: Lern-Fair – Free learning support for disadvantaged students

(with Anja Ahner and Maria Matveev)

6/16/2023 from 2pm-3:30pm: Why ChatGPT doesn’t mean the end of academic writing.

with Martin Rademacher, Project Manager at the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung)

03/14/2023 from 2pm-3:30pm: Personality Development, ChatGPT and Generative AI: What matters now.

with Prof. Dr. Enkelejda Kasneci (Computer Scientist, Chair of Human-Centered Technologies for Learning – Technical University of Munich (TUM)) and Prof. Dr. Joachim Metzner (former President of TH Köln and philologist)

02/27/2023 from 2pm-3:30pm: AI in Higher Education – Hype or Innovation? Discussion with students and teachers


Prof. Dr. Christian Spannagel

(Professor for Mathematics and its Didactics with focus on Computer Science and Implementation of New Media at the Heidelberg University of Education) and

Ludwig Lorenz

(student of media informatics at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, member of the HFD-Future-AG DigitalChangeMaker).

07/20/2022 from 3pm-4:30pm: Rethinking student-centeredness!

with René Rahrt, Lea Bachus, Kevin Saukel, Franz Vergöhl, Ralph Sonntag

Review of other HFD hangouts :

  • The HFD Hangout on 25.11.2020 with Dr. Iris Wunder from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and Julia Szymetzko and Darina Rizova Krüger from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin was about experiences with the
    Onboarding of First Semester Students in the Digital Winter Semester
  • On September 17, 2020, Silvana Vogeler (HS Emden/Leer), coordinator of the QLiN network, Jürgen Sackbrook (TU Clausthal) and Peter England (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg) shared planning statuses and impulses of the QLin network on the topic of
    Onboarding of first semester students
    in the upcoming digital winter semester.
  • In the HFD Hangout on September 3, 2020, Dr. Petyo Budakov reported under the title “The Usability of E-learning and Blended Learning Platforms” on the
    Erasmus + project CreatINNES
  • Chantel Ridsdale, author of the widely cited study “Strategies and Best Practices for Data Literacy Education Knowledge Synthesis Report” presented in the HFD Hangout as part of Dataliteracy Week on April 28, 2020 an
    Overview of data literacy competencies and approaches to data literacy education.
  • On April 27, 2020, Prof. Cathryn Carson, Dr. Eric Van Dusen, and Prof. Deborah Nolan shared insights in the HFD Hangout as part of Data Literacy Week
    into the Data 8 program of the University of California, Berkley.

In the HFD Hangout on January 24, 2019, Annette Hexelschneider presented.
Digital knowledge maps for teaching and learning

  • In the HFD Hangout on December 6, 2018, Professor Dr. Myrto Leiss (Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences) spoke about her experience with the topic of
    Blended Learning/Virtual Events
  • In the HFD Hangout on October 25, 2018, Ilka Nagel (Østfold University College, Norway) provided insight into the topic of
    Video Feedback
    given. The Hangout was moderated by Christian Friedrich.
  • In the HFD Hangout on October 15, 2018, Lisa Ulzheimer (JGU Mainz) presented the project
    Medicine in the Digital Age
    a blended learning concept at the University Medical Center Mainz. The Hangout was moderated by Christian Friedrich.
  • On March 19, 2018, the first HFD Hangout was held on the topic of.
    Motivating teachers
    held. It was moderated by Michael Folgmann (TU Munich) and Prof. Dr. Michael Kipp (HS Augsburg).

Hangout Series HFD Let’s Talk! Sharing ideas – taking along impulses (2021)

Online event series on good practice from online teaching.

During the Corona pandemic, faculty and students gained a variety of experiences with teaching at a distance by transitioning from face-to-face to online/blended/hybrid teaching scenarios. In an open dialogue in the HFD Hangout format “Let’s Talk” – a spin-off of the HFD Hangouts – teachers, students and university/media didacticians from one institution talked to each other about realized teaching concepts in 2020/21 and their experiences with them. A good-practice example from the HFD community served as a starting point for each session. Afterwards, there was room for questions from the participants during the discussion.

Past “Let’s Talk” Hangout Dates: