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Digitalization of Education – The How and Why of Lifelong Learning

Research Results Concerning Online-Further Education in Tourism. Significance – Expectation – Utilisation

Lars Rettig

More and more parts of our lives are being digitally enriched. The field of education is no exception. The learning and working worlds are changing, and therefore also the requirements for education, continuing education and further education. At the same time, the period in which knowledge is up-to-date is ever shorter. Thus the ability to do Lifelong Learning is not only decisive for the success of the individual, but also for the sustainable existence of companies, economic sectors and whole regions/destinations. On the basis of psychological, pedagogical and economical concepts the author deals with the How and Why of learning. Based on this he investigates the significance of Online-Further Education in Tourism by means of qualitative expert interviews.

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Since 2012, Lars Rettig (M.A.) has been running the inter-university Public Relations and Counselling team for the further education degree courses created within the framework of the research and development project Offene Hochschulen in Schleswig-Holstein: Lernen im Netz, Aufstieg vor Ort (LINAVO) [Open Universities in Schleswig-Holstein: Learning in the Net, Advancement on Site].

As the responsible product manager, he also developed the online Master’s degree course in Tourism Management at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences. Before his work at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences, he worked, among other things, as a Market Researcher for the North Rhine Westphalia Regional Association of Tourism NRW.

He studied cultural sciences with majors in tourism management, business administration and music at the University of Lüneburg with two half-year semesters abroad in Spain and Peru. His interest in research lies in the interface between (cultural) tourism and digitalization as well as in the further education of tourism stakeholders.

Following this present work on the importance, expectations and utilisation of further education offers in tourism, he researched the satisfaction of professional people in the fields of work, leisure and study as part of the project LINAVO – based on the research focus on The Behaviour of People in Work and Leisure1 of the Department of Economics of the West Coast University of Applied Sciences. After concluding the LINAVO project, he became human resources officer at Groth & Co. and continues researching in the area...

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