From Researching Virtual Initiatives in Education
The FernUniversität in Hagen (University of Hagen, FernUni Hagen): with its tradition of supported distance learning, this university has been offering an alternative to on-campus studies within the German university landscape for 30 years and is currently serving around 45.000 students.
The institution’s main office is in Hagen, Germany. Other study centres are located in Germany and abroad.
FernUni Hagen is the only state-maintained open university in German-speaking countries and regions, including Austria. The FernUniversität in Hagen has existed for 30 years and is an established institution in the scientific community. Since a Ministerial Agreement in 1980, particular relations exist between Austrian open educational facilities and the FernUniversität in Hagen. In 1994 this agreement was replaced by a cooperation treaty between the FernUniversität in Hagen and the University of Linz. Hence, Austrian students are also able to benefit from the open education system which combines study units with individual support, Net-based co-operation in seminars and working groups, on-line communication offers and face-to-face sessions. Contacts between students and tutors are available – especially for Austria – at “EuroStudyCentres“ with agencies in Bregenz, Steyr, Wien, Bad Goisern, Saalfelden and Villach. On-campus students can also participate in courses at the “Entwicklungssupportcenter & Infopoint” in Linz. The FernUniversität (Open University) is an alternative to on-campus studies with high-quality degrees (Bachelor, Master, ‘Diplom’, and Doctorate).
It offers supported distance learning with a maximum independence and flexibility, making it particularly suitable for would-be students whose personal circumstances prevent them from studying at conventional universities.
Years of experience in developing mature teaching materials has made the FernUniversität one of the national and international leaders in developing multimedia teaching materials and online courses.
The teaching materials, including study units, exercises, interactive CD-ROMs and DVDs which are delivered to the students’ homes by mail, and increasingly via the Internet. Students can download additional material or listen to and watch online-lectures. They also hand in their assignments online. FernUni Hagen makes extensive use of the Internet and offers a service-oriented university library from which, on request, books and articles will be sent to the student’s home by mail. Individual support is possible, either at Hagen itself and with face-to-face contact with tutors through a network of over 50 study centres in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Central and Eastern Europe.
In the winter semester 2008/ 2009 there was a total of 55.450 students (including students on sabbatical leave) at this HEI.
The FernUniversität in Hagen web site is at http://www.fernuni-hagen.de and its virtual campus is located at https://vu.fernuni-hagen.de/ (secured) FernUni Hagen participation in Re.ViCa is represented by the Departement of Instructional Technology & Media
Membership of international organisations
It is a member of EADTU.
FernUniversität in Hagen is of the Re.ViCa project, based in (Germany.