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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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Many economic segments are directly and indirectly involved in tourism. In the course of dynamic change processes professionals in the tourism industry continuously encounter new market constellations and requirements that require special skills and abilities. In this volume of the journal series of the Institute for Management and Tourism (IMT) of the West Coast University of Applied Sciences (FHW), the necessity and significance of lifelong, occupation accompanying learning of tourism branch employees is examined.

1.1 Objective

The LINAVO1 project pursues research and development objectives. The latter are academic further education programmes for people with family obligations, professionals, such as Bachelor’s degree graduates, job-returners, drop-outs or unemployed academics. Accordingly, the research focus of the subproject Tourism Management at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences was on the study of academic further education in tourism.

For further education at an academic level, institutions such as universities are required to fulfil this educational mandate and also to further qualify tourism professionals at the most up-to-date state of science and research. With 8,184 students, according to the Federal Office of Statistics, a considerable number of people are looking for a Bachelor’s degree with a focus on tourism. On the other hand, 522 Master’s degree students with a corresponding orientation are enrolled in Germany.2 An occupation accompanying online offer for tourism professionals at the Master’s level is not yet offered on the German education market. In order to close this gap, the online Master’s degree...

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