Integration of online modules into the curricular frameworks
In Germany, education is under the authority of the sixteen individual states forming the Federal Republic of Germany. Hence, there are different regulatory frameworks in all these states. In addition, the curriculum at all participating universities has been accredited without the option of online courses, which are provided by other universities within the HiGHmed consortium.
Although digital teaching and training formats were introduced more than two decades ago and many players have tried experimental blended learning approaches internationally, the regulatory systems of the German federal states do not allow such formats and there are no uniform regulations for different universities or federal states. There is almost no common regulation. This reduces the sustainability of online e-learning modules. This HiGHmed working group aims at ensuring that HiGHmed online teaching modules are recognized with credit points in the curricula of the participating universities and universities of applied sciences. Furthermore, a mechanism must be found, for utilizing modules from certain universities in the teaching of other universities.
The HiGHmed teaching approach must address these issues if it wants to be a growing and financially feasible teaching infrastructure in Germany addressing the digital transformation in curative medicine, predictive healthcare, and (bio-)medical research. Furthermore, a special concept must be developed to bundle the HiGHmed e-modules into a uniform HiGHmed e-learning program that finally leads to the HiGHmed Certificate.
Therefore, the working group Curricular Integration is composed of representatives of partners from different states and types of educational systems (universities as well as universities of applied sciences). This working group started its work in 2018 and will pursue its main activities in 2019 and 2020, when the sustainability of the HiGHmed program must be stabilized. As the regulatory complexity mentioned above is also addressed by other organizations in Germany, this working group must identify appropriate allies in this difficult and complex field.
Team (alph.): Prof. Dr. Thomas M. Deserno, Prof. Dr. Martin Dugas, Prof. Dr. Peter Heuschmann and Prof. Dr. Petra Knaup