Latest GLC Publications

publications of the GLC, our members and their institutions on digital learning


Research article: Digital higher education: a divider or bridge builder? Leadership perspectives on edtech in a COVID-19 reality. Read more / Download article as PDF.

Global Learning Report 2021: Digital Transformation of Higher Education: Together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Times Higher Education (THE), the Global Learning Council (GLC) has been monitoring the pressing questions that have emerged around the value of teaching, barriers to equitable educational access, and guardrails needed for sustainable digital transformation over the past 16 months since the pandemic began in early 2020 (Report published in July 2021). Read more / Download report as PDF.

A Time of Disruption in Higher Education: Is it time for big change for Universities? GLC Co-Chair Friedrich W. Hesse believes higher education has reached a tipping point. Written for OEB20, published on November 20, 2020. Read more / Download article as PDF.

Let’s dare to reimagine education in our time of crisis: Sustainable changes in digital learning will result from best practice alongside bold experimentation, say Friedrich W. Hesse, Volker Meyer-Guckel, Bitange Ndemo, Alexandros Papaspyridis, Rahim Rajan and Suzanne Walsh at the Times Higher Education article, published on August 16, 2020. Read more / Download article as PDF.

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GLC Higher Education Leaders Study 2021 – Digital Higher Education Transformation for Teaching and Learning


In light of the rapid and global adoption of digital tools for teaching and learning in 2020, we want to explore the digital transformation of higher education. Previous studies have identified the multiple and overlapping factors that contribute to an institution’s ability to realize the potential of digital education in terms of access, learning, and collaboration, whilst highlighting deeply rooted inequalities at the individual, institutional and system levels.

The current study aims to further accompany the transformational process of the higher education sector by exploring future visions and current strategies. Specifically, we want to examine the relationship between stated goals, intended effects, and practices in place. We also want to understand how higher education leaders feel they can move toward better implementing digital learning at their institutions.

Interviews are being conducted from June-August 2021. Findings will be published in a peer-reviewed journal and in a publicly available research report.

For further information, please reach out to GLC project manager Anne Leiser.


Apps and platforms, tools and resources for digital teaching and learning


Apps for Students With Special Needs: The coronavirus creates a unique challenge for students with special needs—educators share recommendations for apps to support learning at home. Read more.

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Case Studies

The GLC collects case studies of innovative work being done in technology enhanced learning.


Wheel Spinning – When do instructors need to intervene in online courses?: This case study looks at students who persistently fail in solving problems using cognitive tutors in mathematics. Read more.

Respecting Data Privacy: Anonymizing Practices at DataShop: Respecting learner privacy in sharing data can be accomplished by implementing some simple practices which still give learning researchers reasonable access to such data. Read more.

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Other Resources



HFD Blog Post: Inequalities in higher education: A global perspective. During the University:Future Festival 2021, Anne Leiser (GLC) and Bronwen Deacon (Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society) led a panel discussion that focused on inequalities in global higher education at an individual, institutional, and systemic level. The two experts in the field of international education projects work at institutions that facilitate the exchange and achievement of global education goals. In a blog entry of the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung they summarize their key ideas that laid ground for the discussion (published on February 15, 2022). Read more.

Interview: „A divide is opening up“ – An investigation about the overnight digitalisation of higher education teaching. Leibniz Association’s online magizine spoke to the Co-Chair of the GLC, Friedrich W. Hesse, and project manager Anne Leiser, who coordinated the Global Learning Report 2021, about the pandemic-related digitalisation of teaching and about the opportunities and limits of long-term digital transformation (published on July 29, 2021). Read more.

Position Paper: Bologna Digital:  ‘Bologna Digital’ Position Paper submitted to the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG). Read more.

Handbook on Facilitating Flexible Learning During Educational Disruption: The Handbook describes several flexible online learning strategies implemented in China under the Chinese Ministry of Education initiative Disrupted classes, Undisrupted Learning which ensured flexible online learning to over 270 million students from their homes. Read more.

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