BMBF Projects

Offene Kompetenzregion Westpfalz

The research and development project “Offene Kompetenzregion Westpfalz“ is one of the projects funded within the tender “Aufstieg durch Bildung: Offene Hochschulen”, conducted in cooperation of the University of Kaiserslautern and the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Science.

The project generally aims at opening both participating higher educational institutions (HEIs) for “non-traditional” target groups like professionals and persons re-entering the labour market. Therefore study programs will be (re-)designed with regards to the demands of these students, e.g. by developing distance study programs on BA and MA level.

Financial sponsor:Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
European Social Fund
Volume:1.68 million euros
Term:10/2011 to 03/2015
Other partners:Virtual Campus Rheinland-Pfalz (VCRP)
Center for Quality Assurance and Development
Project Responsibility:VDI/VDE-Innovation + Technik,  Berlin
Project Management:Prof. Dr. Rolf Arnold, Social Sciences/Education
Dr. Markus Lermen, Director of DISC
Project Coordinator:Simone Wanken (Dipl.-Päd.)
Telefon: +49 (0) 631 205-5361
E-Mail: s.wanken(at)


Against the background, the project follows three development strategies:

1) Change of learning culture

2) Competency orientation

3) Networks

1) Change of learning culture (from teaching to learning)

In higher education as well as in professional and further education, new learning concepts including the opportunities of Web 2.0 und social media are increasingly important. These concepts also suggest a shift from the dominance of teaching to a stronger focus on learning, thereby also addressing a set of demands and skills of lecturers. Consequently the project focusses on the development of modern blended learning formats, the promotion of individual learning strategies and new ways of educational consulting. It moreover wants to enable both teachers and learners regarding the use of new media to support learning processes.


2) Competency orientation (from content based to competency-based curricula)

With respect to the Bologna reforms HEIs are obliged to adjust their study programs and curricula, focusing on learning outcomes and on opening them for professionally or informally qualified persons. Against this background the development of elaborate competency assessment and recognition systems is a fundamental part of the project activities. In doing so, new methods of competency assessments have to be designed.


3) Networks (from institutions to educational networks)

The opening of HEIs for informally and non-formally qualified students and the improvement of the permeability of higher education systems requires stronger networking between the actors of the educational system. Thereby the new paradigm of cooperative and collaborative learning in educational networks will be promoted by the project partners. In doing so, the creation of a sustainable regional educational network in cooperation with representatives from local companies, the chambers, and the government employment agency will be fostered.

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