Department of Studies & Teaching

The team Study & Teaching acts multiprofessionally. This results in a bundle of measures related to studying and teaching.

The department for studies & teaching includes the areas of diversity management and university social work.

An overview of the unit's main tasks:

Teaching and digitization strategy together with the teaching advisory board

The HSN is working on a new teaching and digitization strategy together with the likewise newly founded Teaching Advisory Board, which has been appointed for an initial period of two years. Students, teachers from both departments, representatives from the language center and other interfaces meet at least twice a semester for agenda setting.

Teaching advisory board

The Teaching Advisory Board is a committee chaired by the Vice President for Studies & Teaching and appointed by the Presidential Board for the duration of the President's term of office. The Teaching Advisory Board is tasked by the President's Board with advising and supporting the university management on fundamental and interdisciplinary issues related to studies and teaching and making recommendations. This includes quality assurance in teaching, profile development in the areas of didactics and digitalization as well as the strategic planning of new degree programs.

Es handelt sich um eine Gruppenaufnahme in einem Innenraum. Sechs Personen stehen nebeneinander und blicken in Richtung der Kamera.
Auf dem Foto sind Holzklötze aufgestellt. Diese haben entweder eine runde oder eine quadratische Grundform. Manche Holzklötze haben eine größere Höhe als andere. Auf den Holzklötzen sind drei Punkte gemalt, die Augen und Mund symbolisieren. Die Klötze wurden auf einem weißen Untergrund angeordnet: Manche stehen in Gruppen, manche übereinander, einige schauen sich an, andere nicht.

University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen at the Peer-to-Peer Strategy Consultation of the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung

We, at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen, have been selected for the peer-to-peer strategy consulting of the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (Higher Education Forum Digitization) (HFD)!

As one of six universities, Nordhausen University was chosen by a jury and will receive support from the HFD in its digitization process in 2023/24. The HFD is an initiative of the Stifterverband, the CHE Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (Centre for Higher Education Development), and the German Rectors' Conference, which has been assisting universities in shaping digital transformation since 2014.

What has happened so far?

Step 1: Self-reflection: We have analyzed our starting position and current challenges and formulated concrete goals for the further development of studying and teaching. In this process, the diversified project team at our university collaborated. The results have been documented in a written self-report. This was submitted to the external consulting and support team in mid-December and serves as the basis for the ongoing consultation process.

What can we expect next?

Step 2: Consultation Days – Visit of the "peers": On the 7th and 8th of February, external experts ("peers") will visit our university. Building on this, the challenges, goals, and possible paths of development will be discussed and reflected upon in a joint and participatory process.

Step 3: Recommendation Report: The peers, in collaboration with the HFD, will develop a recommendation report within approximately 8 weeks.

Step 4: Action Plan: After an internal discussion of the recommendation report, the project team will prepare a brief outlook in the form of an "Action Plan." This plan outlines the next steps of the strategy and implementation process in 3-5 pages and also includes a concrete outlook on which priorities and measures are to be implemented."

Peer-to-Peer Strategy Consultation: Consulting Days on February 07 and 08, 2024

On February 7 and 8, the Peer-to-Peer Strategy Consulting days will take place at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen. The aim is to discuss and reflect on the challenges, goals and possible development paths of our university. The four peers, who will support and accompany us during the strategy consultation period, and representatives of the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD) will come to the university for this purpose.

During the two-day visit, the university has developed an extensive program together with the peers. The aim is for the peers and the HFD to get to know our university and its members and to begin a goal-oriented collaboration. In the spirit of participatory process design, the peers will talk to various status groups at the university on the first day. In addition to the project team, these include the deans of studies and representatives of the support facilities and students. On the next day, the focus will be on developing the content of individual key topics in the digitalization process. All status groups work together in workshops for this purpose.

Following the consultation days, the peers will draw up a recommendation report for the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen.

Design and implementation of surveys and teaching evaluation

In consultation with and with the participation of the Teaching Advisory Board, the Department of Studies & Teaching develops the teaching evaluation, in which all courses are regularly evaluated according to the different event forms. In addition, the Department of Studies & Teaching regularly launches its own surveys and makes the evaluation available to all teachers. A comprehensive student survey takes place once a year.

These are done in german only.

Course evaluation at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen explained for students

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Continuing education in higher education didactics (only for members of the HSN)

We offer needs-oriented training and continuing education opportunities to the teaching staff oh the HSN on various topics. Therefore, we collaborate with the eTeach Netzwerk Thüringen.

Interface to the eTeach network

The eTeach Network Thuringia is an important interface for the HSN to bundle individual initiatives of university teaching throughout Thuringia. (E)didactic formats for university teaching, the need for qualifications, the financing of measures and possibilities of innovation and compensation through synergy effects are discussed and implemented together.

Current projects

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Day of Teaching 2024

City, country, teaching - this will be the motto of the Day of Teaching in 2024.


With the first Day of Teaching Change of Perspective last semester, the Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences launched a new exchange format. Its success and relevance were reflected in the feedback from participants. A new edition is now planned for the summer semester 2024 in collaboration with the Bauhaus University Weimar. An application is currently being submitted for a cooperative impulse project that will allow both universities to interact with each other on various levels. Further information will follow.

Vier Personen sitzen gemeinsam an einem Tisch. Auf dem Tusch liegen verschiedene Arbeitsmaterialien, zum Beispiel Bücher, Hefte, Laptop, Tablet. Es herrscht eine angenehme, entspannte Stimmung, die sichtbaren Personen lachen.

Writing workshop for students from winter semester 2023/24

Facing writer's block with term papers or struggling to find motivation to get started? The PhD students at our university aim to remedy this. In the winter semester of 2023/24, a project will be launched to impart theoretical principles and collaborative writing skills. In the previous semester, the PhD students themselves participated in a writing workshop led by David Kreitz, gaining didactic knowledge that they now wish to share.

The doctoral student representatives outline the structure as follows (translated to English): "We are planning a semester-long format featuring a monthly session on scientific writing. During these sessions, theoretical aspects will be taught, and the students' needs will be considered. Additionally, we propose a monthly time slot for collaborative writing, where doctoral candidates will work together with students on their respective topics."

When? 18.10./01.11./15.11./29.11./13.12./17.01./31.01.

Where? H25 SR10

Film workshop: Workshop! Film production! Teaching! How do I create my own educational films?


On April 18th and 19th, a two-day workshop led by Paul Visser took place at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen. Teachers had the opportunity to acquire skills for the independent production of educational films and thus enrich their teaching. Paul Visser drawed on various teaching methods and focused on inclusion and diversity aspects of film production.

Further information can be found in the flyer.

Teaching day

On May 24, 2023, Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences hosted the first Day of Teaching as part of the "Change of Perspective" project - a day dedicated entirely to teaching, presenting projects, teaching concepts and teaching units from regular courses. The aim of the day: to strengthen the exchange and cooperation between the departments in order to jointly confront current developments and to think ahead together.

Motto of the day: From within.

Designed as a participatory project to promote exchange, appreciation and further thinking, we had put together a varied program together with all the university's teaching staff for the first Teaching Day. We began the day together with an opening workshop by Prof. Dr. Borbe, Vice President for Studies & Teaching. This was followed by 16 workshops - designed by teachers for teachers. During the lunch break, a lunch lecture was also offered. These varied offers enabled teachers of all subjects to exchange didactic methods and approaches and to think further with each other. The day was concluded with a coffee break, which once again invited the participants to exchange ideas. The 16 participating teachers were given an hour of time on various topics by other teachers in return for their commitment. These included an hour practicing sailing knots with Prof. Dr. Frank Wiese or an hour with Prof. Dr. Sabrina Schramme explaining how best to gender one's verbal language with just a few linguistic moves.

According to the participants, the Teaching Day promoted three central aspects: Appreciation, dialogue and inspiration. The positive feedback suggests that a new edition of the Day of Teaching will be well received.

(The project was coordinated by the Department for Studies & Teaching together with e-Team and with the support of Dr. Pascal Leibbrandt ).