At the Paderborn University, digitisation is not only a contemporary means of technical support, process optimisation and interaction such as communication. At the same time, it is also a strategic approach that is intended to expand the possibilities and implementation of knowledge work as a whole. In this context, "digitisation" is understood to mean the support of university processes of teaching, research and administration through the use of information and communication technologies.
The University of Paderborn is moving between standardized and automated procedures suitable for everyday use, which are rolled out nationwide at a high level, and decentralized, but perfectly fitting lighthouses close to the core processes of research and teaching.
In order to consistently improve teaching, organisational and didactic measures must be developed, tested and anchored in addition to technical offers. The university has invested over 11 million euros in the project "Heterogeneity as an opportunity" – setting the course in decisive phases of the student life cycle" since 2011, which aims to improve the quality of studies and teaching in the long term.
Digitally supported teaching receives further impetus through various incentive systems. For example, the Presidential Board awards an annual prize for innovation and quality in teaching worth a total of €150,000, which is used to regularly support e-learning ideas and projects. In addition to the centrally initiated and responsible "top-down developments", promising ideas and concepts from students or from the chairs are to be supported ("bottom-up developments"). Furthermore, there are many ideas and approaches to support studies and teaching, but also to facilitate everyday university life, which are developed by teachers, young researchers and students alike.