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Anna Hansch, Dr.

In April 2018, Anna Hansch successfully completed her doctoral thesis “New Interactions in Online Courses: Developing a User Typology” at the Berlin University of the Arts, supervised by Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer. She is Head of Product Management Digital Transformation at a Berlin-based agency for smart learning solutions.

At HIIG Anna Hansch is an associated researcher with the research group Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Until December 2015, she was Project Coordinator for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and was responsible for the Startup Knowledge Hub and the research area Innovations in Online Learning.

Previously Anna Hansch was an independent digital innovation and education consultant for businesses. She also worked as a project leader in digital business consultancies and research centers; as well as a marketing manager in the publishing industry. She studied Literary, Cultural and Media Studies (B.A.) at the University of Siegen and Applied Literary Studies (M.A.) at Freie Universität Berlin.


Hansch, A. (2018). Neue Interaktionen in Online-Kursen: Entwicklung einer Nutzertypologie. Berlin, Germany: epubli. Publication details

Book contributions and chapters

Send, H., Riedel, A., & Hansch, A. (2014). Crowdsourcing and Climate Change: Applications of Collaborative Information Systems for Monitoring and Response. In Albrecht, E., Schmidt, M., Mißler-Behr, M. & Spyra, S. P. N., Implementing Adaptation Strategies by Legal, Economic and Planning Instruments on Climate Change. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer. Publication details

Working paper

Hansch, A., Hillers, L., McConachie, K., Newman, Ch., Schildhauer, T., Schmidt, P. (2015). Video and Online Learning: Critical Reflections and Findings from the Field. HIIG Discussion Paper Series, 2015(02), 1-34. Publication details

Hansch, A., Newman, C., Schildhauer, T. (2015). Fostering Engagement with Gamification: Review of Current Practices on Online Learning Platforms. HIIG Discussion Paper Series, 2015(04). Publication details

Other publications

Hansch, A. (2018). Click Cliques: User Types in Online Learning. Publication details

Hansch, A., Hillers, L., & Newman, C. (2015). Why we need to fundamentally rethink the role of video in online education. Digital Society Blog. Publication details

Hansch, A. & Newman, C. (2015). Language Learning with Owls. Digital Society Blog. Publication details

Participation as expert

Media & Learning 2016Flemish Ministry of Education, Brussels, Belgium: 11.03.2016



Former Associated Researcher: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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