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Digital, Open, Inclusive - What Opportunities can Digitalisation Open Up for Universities?

What will higher education look like in 30 years? How much can tertiary education take in terms of digital aspects? What kind of potential do open, digital educational resources hold in terms of inclusive, equal opportunity education? Which components evoke a critical questioning of existing structures? Together with Dominic Orr and Martin Ebner, Martina Mara addresses these and similar issues, putting them up for discussion and using them as an opportunity to reflect on the future of models in higher education.


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Dominic Orr
University of Nova Gorica (SVN)

Dr. Dominic Orr is adjunct professor for educational management at the University of Nova Gorica, opens an external URL in a new window, Slovenia and part of the team leadership at GIZ for the BMZ-funded digital learning platform called atingi, opens an external URL in a new window, which has over 80 thousand registered users. He follows and shapes educational reform through his work. In 2020 a publication he co-authored on the future of higher education in 2030 was published by Springer, opens an external URL in a new window. He has worked as an external consultant for the EU, the OECD, UNESCO and the World Bank.

[Translate to Englisch:] Mann ©CC0

Martin Ebner
TU Graz (AT)

Martin Ebner is currently head of the department Educational Technology at Graz University of Technology and therefore responsible for all university wide e-learning activities. He holds an Adjunct Prof. on media informatics (research area: educational technology) and works also at the Institute for Interactive Systems and Data Science as senior researcher. His research focuses strongly on seamless learning, learning analytics, open educational resources, maker education and computer science for children. Martin has given a number of lectures in this area as well as workshops and keynotes at international conferences. For publications as well as further research activities, please visit his website: http://martinebner.at, opens an external URL in a new window

[Translate to Englisch:] Mann ©Martin Ebner

Martina Mara
Johannes Kepler University Linz (AT)

Martina Mara studied communication sciences in Vienna and earned her doctorate in psychology at the University of Koblenz-Landau with Prof. Markus Appel on the topic of user acceptance of human-like machines. After many years of research in non-academic environments - including the Ars Electronica FutureLab - she was appointed Professor of Robopsychology at the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT) at JKU in April 2018. Her work focuses on psychological conditions of human-centred technology development and interdisciplinary research strategies.

[Translate to Englisch:] Portrait Frau ©Paul Kranzler