COER focuses on international research projects in the context of open education on three levels; global educational systems (macro), educational institutions (meso) and individual learning and teaching (micro). Research areas of particular interest are educational technology and learning design, open and distance learning, and international education.
The following table provides an overview of ongoing and potential research projects and activities. Research topics are closely linked to the process of digital transformation, which is the central interdisciplinary theme that is affecting all educational sectors from K-12 to higher education, adult and continuing education, in both formal and non-formal contexts.
Educational Technology & Learning Design
Open and Distance Learning
Sociology of science and research trends in the fields of educational technology, learning design, and distance education
International comparison of open and distance learning systems
International student and faculty mobility (regional hubs) in a digital age
International and transnational partnerships and collaborations
Design of online and flexible learning environments
Open Educational Resources (OER), and quality assurance
Prior Learning Accreditation and Recognition (PLAR)
Master of Technology-Enhanced Learning (MTEL) program
Organizational management of international staff and faculty
Media usage patterns of non-traditional students
Educational technology and student engagement in formal and non-formal contexts.
New and emerging pedagogies for technology enhanced learning
Biographies of non-traditional learners
Development of personal learning environments (PLEs) for lifelong learning
Learning and teaching in international contexts for diverse cultures and learners