Research Areas


  • design, development, implementation and impact of online learning
  • online community building, communities of practice
  • quality management and evaluation of online learning
  • educational designs and assessment with e-portfolios
  • transformational learning in online professional programs
  • open education: open educational resources (OER) and practices



Current Research Projects

Munich University of Applied Sciences - Research Cluster: Socio-economic Innovations


  • Project “Study Success and Study Opportunities for Refugees ”(SUCCESS) (duration 20017-2019), funded by the Federal Ministry of Education (BMBF), Munich University of Applied Sciences (details_1 and details_2 – German)

Completed Research Projects

  • Project “Well Equipped for the Future”(ZUG) (duration 2011-2016), supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (BMBF) within the framework of the “Quality Initiative for German Higher Education (details – German)
    Project Component: E-learning Center – Mainstreaming e-learning elements as enrichment for on-site teaching
    Accompanying research – research foci (details – German):
    • *** quality management & formative evaluation
      • educational designs 6 the scholarship of teaching and learning
      • support strategies, third space & digitization of higher education

  • Project “Study Trajectories and Study Success”(USuS) (duration 2008-2012), funded by the Federal Ministry of Education (BMBF), Munich University of Applied Sciences (details_1 and details_2 – German)

  • Project „Planning and implementing organizational and process innovations for digital studying across Hamburg universities (KOOP) (duration 2005-207), funded by the Federal Ministry of Education (BMBF), University Hamburg (details – German)

  • Project “Communities of Practice: the role of context and narrative” (GLASWEG)(duration 2002 – 2006), various funding, together with Beverly Wenger-Trayner, Portugal/ US, John D. Smith, USA (Setubal Dialogue 2002, Phase Change Workshop Amsterdam 2003, Narrative & Context in Online Settings Milan 2005, Narrative & Memory Florence 2006)

  • Project “ProELearn.ING – Objektoriented E-Learning within the engineering sciences (Technical University Hamburg-Harburg TUHH)(duration 2002/2003), funded by Multimedia Kontor Hamburg

  • Flagship Project “ Virtual University of Applied Sciences for Technology, Computer Science and Business Administration (duration 1999-2004), supported by the Federal Ministry of Education (BMBF), Project Component: Educational Designs for Online Moduls (Helmut-Schmidt University) (details – German)