Weiterbildung 4.OWL – this is how the digitalisation of continuing education works

How should digital training programmes be structured didactically? How can we assess their quality and help employees find the right programmes? And how will the business models of further education providers change? Answers to these questions are being developed in the project ‘Weiterbildung 4.OWL’, which OstWestfalenLippe GmbH, Paderborn University, the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design, the platform provider avendoo, the company Phoenix Contact and the management consultancy Unity AG are implementing.

Digitalisation offers many opportunities for continuing vocational education and training, but at the same time poses major challenges for regional providers and users. The focus here is on digital continuing education platforms, which on the one hand harbour great potential to improve the quality of offerings and the interaction between the players in an economic and educational region such as OWL, but on the other hand companies and learners are confronted with an unmanageable variety of digital offerings. Professional training institutions must digitalise their offerings and use platforms in order to remain customer-oriented and competitive. In the project ‘Weiterbildung 4.OWL’, six partners are developing didactic, technological and economic solutions to overcome the challenges of digitalisation and to tap into its potential for the economic and educational region of Ostwestfalen-Lippe. The project focuses on the user- and quality-orientated design of digital learning and the skills development of employees, as well as the technical networking and economic design of the continuing education ecosystem.