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eLearning and institutional development: Positioning the University of Vienna in the European Higher Education Area Arthur Mettinger Vice Rector Educational and International Affairs Major points PART ONE: Institutional perspectives – strategic aspects

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eLearning and institutional development: Positioning the University of Vienna in the European Higher Education AreaArthur MettingerVice Rector Educational and International Affairs

major points
Major points

PART ONE: Institutional perspectives – strategic aspects

  • The University of Vienna: a brief status quo
  • Institutional development: Changing framework conditions and windows of opportunity
  • Developing an institutional eLearning (Blended Learning) strategy
PART TWO: eLearning at the UoV – components, dimensions and implementation
  • The UoV „strategic box“
  • Support structures and activities
  • Major challenges 2005 – 2007
  • Achievements: Facts & figures
the uov a brief status quo
The UoV: a brief status quo
  • Founded in1365, research + education
  • 65.000 students, 7.000 staff
  • Annual budget 360.000.000 Euro
  • Degrees in „traditional“ system (Mag./Dr.)
  • Degrees in „Bologna“ system (Bakk./Mag./Dr./*PhD)
  • Legal basis for double degrees, joint degrees
institutional development changing framework conditions
Institutional development: Changing framework conditions
  • at the European/international levelemerging of EHEA, ERA, ECA- necessitates positioning of HEIs through adequate profiling - necessitates choices (cooperation and/or competition)
at the national level- University Act 2002: higher degree of institutional autonomy + accountability public funding on the basis of „performance agreements“ (as of 2007) additional funding by contracts + student fees- Implementation of Bologna → curricular reforms
at the institutional level:- higher degree of steering by leadership- internal „performance agreements“ as basis for allocation of funds- strategic development plans (research, education)- different strategies for research and education?→ development of new institutional culture
institutional development windows of opportunity
Institutional development: Windows of opportunity
  • Possibility to create a new teaching and learning culture:- student centred (student workload, learner autonomy, LLL,…)- learning outcome oriented- transparent- observing trans-national standards
Major dimensions for arriving at this new culture:- institutional agreement on basic parameters for curricula- development of (a set of) curricular models - integration of eLearning into curricula- didactic profiling
developing an institutional elearning strategy
Developing an institutional eLearning strategy
  • must be part of general institutional strategy
  • eLearning must be seen as an investment into quality of educational process(es)
  • eLearning must come to be regarded as object of research and development
  • Organisational framework & administrative/technical processes must become congruent with demands of eLearning
critical points in the development of an institutional elearning strategy
Critical points in the development of an institutional eLearning strategy
  • Clear definition of goals:- flexibility, individualization of learning- strengthening of theory-based reflection- creation of standards & transparency- professionalisation of HE teachers- enhancing educational cooperation (Joint Degree programs, joint modules, shared content pools etc.)
Clear focus on specific areas:- introductory phase- „seminar stage“/ Master + Doctoral levels
  • Involvement of stakeholders
  • Cooperation of technology – administration - didactics – content development – curriculum development
  • Support structures
  • Financial stability
support structures and activities
Support structures and activities
  • Intensive collaboration between New Media Support unit (UoV Computing Center) andCentre for Teaching and Learning (Vice Rectorate Educational and Int‘l Affairs)
  • Virtual eLearning Center (
  • Lectures, research network, UoV eLearning Conferences (2003, 2004)
major challenges 2005 2007
Major challenges 2005 - 2007
  • Encourage faculties to develop eLearning strategies
  • Intregration into curriculum development
  • Creating incentives for teachers + integration into personnel development
  • Further development of quality assurance + integration into overall QM of the UoV
Defining and implementing an appropriate content strategy
  • Integration of pioneers into eLearning research and further improvement of support
  • Integration of WebCT Vista and i3v
  • Austrian (FNM) & European networking: (SCIL, SVC, UNICA, …)
achievements facts figures
Achievements: Facts & figures
  • 22 eLearning projects (before implementation of WebCT in 2004)
  • MEDIDA-PRIX 2004 for
  • Currently 152 WebCT Vista courses(2% of total UoV courses; taken by appr. 6.000 students; 10%)
Budget figures:total UoV investment 2004: 20 million €eLearning investment 2004: - 813.000 € support - 400.000 € projects6% of the UoV investment budget 2004