Since 2017, peer-to-peer strategy consulting on digitization in studies and teaching has been an important pillar in the services offered by the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung. The peer-to-peer strategy consulting is aimed at university management, in order to initiate strategic processes for digitization in teaching and learning. However, the instrument aims to take all status groups along and to actively involve them in the change process.
Future workshop as part of the strategy consulting at the HTW Berlin 2020. Photo: Alexander Rentsch
The digital transformation opens up new potential for universities to further develop their offerings and structures in all areas of performance, and especially in learning and teaching. Universities therefore need overarching strategies for the digital age in order to align modern teaching and learning formats, advisory and support services, and new curriculum and study structures with the goals of their university development, the university's target groups and its profile. Due to the diversity and heterogeneity of German universities and the variety of digital teaching and learning scenarios, it is virtually impossible to find a uniform approach to digital change.
As part of its peer-to-peer strategy consulting, the HFD provides individual support to universities in their strategy development. In the first three rounds, almost 100 universities applied for the strategy consulting service. So far, 18 universities throughout Germany have been supported in their strategy processes.
The Peer-to-Peer Strategy Consulting of the HFD is a development tool for universities that want to actively shape the digital change in university teaching and strategically strengthen digital teaching and learning as well as the digitization of consulting and support structures. As such, it is aimed specifically at university management and at the individual goals and profile development of the respective university. On the basis of a confidential, structured self-report, the selected universities lay the foundation for the consulting process. Subsequently, a two-day workshop at the university, tailored to the university's challenges and goals, offers the opportunity to develop, concretize and reflect on strategies, goals and processes together with selected experts as "peers". The final report of the peers' consultations records the results and recommendations in a structured manner. In addition, the comprehensive exchange between the participating universities is encouraged.
Further information on central actors and elements can be found in the general guide to peer-to-peer strategy consulting (in German language only).
Experience from past rounds shows that - despite individual circumstances - many universities are facing similar challenges. The experiences of the 2017/18 pilot phase were therefore bundled in a working paper in the form of recommendations for action for the strategy process (in German language only).
In 2019, the HFD, together with project partners and members of the HFD community, defined 14 strategic fields of action for higher education in the digital age, which further differentiate the three overarching dimensions of strategy, structure and culture. The fields of action serve as an orientation framework for peer-to-peer strategy consulting at HFD.
The jury consisted of: Jorin Meyer (DigitalChangeMaker), Dr. Meike Vogel (Universität Bielefeld), Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter (Universität Bremen), Prof. Dr. Joachim Metzner (formerly FH Köln), Prof. Dr. Gudrun Oevel (Universität Paderborn), Dr. Jörg Dräger (CHE) and Oliver Janoschka (Stifterverband).
The jury consisted of: Prof. Dr. Joachim Metzner (formerly FH Köln), Prof. Dr. Gudrun Oevel (Universität Paderborn), Dr. Andreas Mai (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar), Dr. Tina Ladwig (Technische Universität Hamburg), as well as the HFD-Steering Committee: Dr. Jörg Dräger (CHE), Dr. Jens-Peter Gaul (HRK) and Dr. Volker Meyer-Guckel (Stifterverband).
The jury consisted of: Alexander Knoth (Universität Potsdam), Prof. Dr. Joachim Metzner (ehm. FH Köln), Prof. Dr. Philipp Pohlenz (Universität Magdeburg), Prof. Dr. Eva Waller (Hochschule Bochum), Dr. Nicole Wöhrle (Universität Freiburg), as well as the HFD-Steering Committee: Dr. Jörg Dräger (CHE), Dr. Jens-Peter Gaul (HRK) and Dr. Volker Meyer-Guckel (Stifterverband).
The jury consisted of: Dr. Barbara Getto (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Sebastian Litta (quantco - Smart Data Analytics), Prof. Dr. Joachim Metzner (formerly FH Köln), Hans Pongratz (TU München), as well as the HFD-Steering Committee: Dr. Jörg Dräger (CHE), Dr. Jens-Peter Gaul (HRK) and Dr. Volker Meyer-Guckel (Stifterverband).