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Organizational Resilience and Creativity: Exploring the Future of Educational Technology



What role will educational technology play in the future? How can educational technology be creatively used at the university? In what ways can educational technology contribute to building resilient universities and equip them to cope with future change?

In recent years, the higher education landscape has experienced a rapid digital turn. This has led to many questions regarding the role educational technology will play in the future for higher education institutions. In the research project, “Organizational Resilience and Creativity: Exploring the Future of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ORC)”, we investigate this future by examining the intersection of educational technology, creativity and the resilience of higher education institutions.

Through a mixed methods approach, we explore how universities can become and remain resilient in the face of uncertainty as well as nurture creative practices with technology to meet future challenges. The ORC project aims to conduct impactful research and produce practice-relevant recommendations. Practitioners working with educational technology will be included in various stages of the research process.

Research cooperation

ORC is a cooperation project between the research program “Knowledge & Society” at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and CATALPA – Center of Advanced Technology for Assisted Learning and Predictive Analytics at the FernUniversität in Hagen. +

This project builds on the OrA project (2020 – 2023), a previous cooperation between HIIG and CATALPA, which examined the organizational factors – leadership, strategy, communication, infrastructure – that contribute to the successful implementation of educational technology in international higher education institutions.

Associated Researchers:


Duration04/2023 – 03/2026


Melissa Laufer, Dr.

Head of Research Programme: Knowledge & Society

Bronwen Deacon

Researcher and project manager: Knowledge & Society

Part of the research programme

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Fecher, B., Hebing, M., Laufer, M., Pohle, J., & Sofsky, F. (2023). Friend or foe? Exploring the implications of large language models on the science system. AI & Soc. DOI: 10.1007/s00146-023-01791-1 Publication details

Other publications

Laufer, M., Mende, M., & Sievering, M. (2023). EdTech: The secret to its implementation. Digital society blog. Publication details

Lectures and presentations

The intersection of resilience, creativity and edtech: A conceptual framework for universities
39th EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) colloquium. University of Cagliari. Online, Cagliari, Italy: 06.07.2023 Further information

Melissa Laufer, Len Ole Schäfer, Freia Kuper, & Bronwen Deacon

How to Organize Edtech at the University: A Practitioner's Field Guide for Implementing Edtech
University:Future Festival 2023. Hochschulforum Digitalisierung. Online, Berlin, Germany: 27.04.2023 Further information

Melissa Laufer, Freia Kuper, Maricia Aline Mende, Len Ole Schäfer & Tiana Tschache.