04 March 2020 | Learning & Teaching Forum paper

Study programme development – Building a bridge between tradition and innovation - An unusal approach

Susanne Lippold, Jutta Rach, Andreas Fritsch

Study programme development is one of the most challenging processes at universities since all faculty is involved. And in our experience, the redesign of already existing programmes seems to be even more difficult: Whereas innovative forces want to pick up new trends (e.g. digitalisation or other new teaching concepts) more conservative forces emphasise values and refer to existing experience with current concepts.


Both positions are important and contextually right. Thus, the presented format provides a gradual framework to bridge the gap between both sides in an interactive and creative process. Both sides are invited to negotiate the best possible result by using an unusual approach for university discussions, the benefit analysis method known e.g. from economics. After the negotiating activity, it should be obvious that a change of perspective is also helpful, if not necessary, to create a new or updated study programme. The practiced approach helps as well to recognise which limits for study programme development remain when visionary ideas are measured against reality.

ISSN: 2593-9602

This paper was presented in the form of a workshop at the 2020 European Learning & Teaching Forum and reflects the views of the named authors only.

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