#Digitalchangemaker: Student Working Group on Higher Education in the Digital Age

The Student Working Group 'Digital Changemakers' brings to HFD’s work innovative, creative and committed perspectives from different disciplines, university types and regions. The members are chosen based on their engagement on local, regional, and national levels. In agile teams, they work on different core themes (didactics/innovative teaching and learning formats, platform solutions, sustainability, e-participation, etc.).

Wir bringen die #DigitalChangemaker zusammen [https://unsplash.com/photos/XkKCui44iM0 Priscilla Du Preez]

Students as key stakeholders in the discourse on digitalization in higher education

Frequently, learners are still not included enough in the current debates on higher education policy and academic discourse on the opportunities and challenges of the digital turn. As a result, they are mostly relegated to the role of passive participants. To date, there is neither the openness of the process nor a basic willingness to think and act from the perspective of the ultimate users. A few university and non-university structures, projects, and initiatives nevertheless show both Germany- and Europewide how innovatively, actively, but also constructively-critically, students want to – and are able to – co-design digitalization processes on various levels if they are given the chance.

For this reason, HFD brought to life the #DigitaleChangeMaker initiative with the aim of giving students that chance: to join in thinking about university education in a new way, creatively, and innovatively and to actively help shape the discourse as part of an exciting community of experts from different backgrounds.


Working Group 'Digital Changemakers' as a student core team in HFD

In September 2018, the Student Working Group 'Digital Changemakers' was constituted as the main anchor for this initiative.

How did the first meeting of #DigitaleChangeMaker turn out? Find out here [German] from Alexa’s blogpost!

This core team made up of 13 student experts from throughout Germany would like to create a new possibility space for committed young people where they can discuss their digitally-imprinted learning landscapes and simultaneously find their own way to co-creating this future. In its course, their own questions, demands, solutions, and participation models will be developed and existing best practice examples will be collected and highlighted.

HFD facilitates the students’ networking with experts from universities, government, startups and civil society so they can help fashion the digital turn in education.  

In addition, students can continue to register with HFD via "Call for Students" if they want to be included in diverse HFD activities.


#DigitaleChangeMaker – Gruppenfoto des studentischen Kernteams im Hochschulforum Digitalisierung


Jan Baumann, Changemaker
Jan Baumann
Universität des Saarlandes
Alexa Böckel, Changemakerin
Alexa Böckel
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Frederic Denker, Changemaker
Frederic Denker
Zeppelin Universität Friedrichshafen
Philipp Gross, Changemaker
Philipp Gross
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Eva Kern, Changemakerin
Eva Kern
Hochschule Trier
Marcus Lamprecht, Changemaker
Marcus Lamprecht
Universität Duisburg-Essen
Julian Reimann
Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde
Berenike Rensinghoff, Changemakerin
Berenike Rensinghoff
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Zaim Sari, Changemaker
Zaim Sari
Technische Universität München
Elisa Schopf, Changemakerin
Elisa Schopf
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Elisabeth Wächtler, Changemakerin
Elisabeth Wächtler
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Henrika Meyer, Changemakerin
Henrika Meyer
Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin und SHK beim Hochschulforum Digitalisierung