Designing and managing projects: Innovation in education

This project course enables all participating students to design, conduct and communicate research-based projects and their results. The class covers aspects such as project planning, project management tools, basic change management tools, pyramidal thinking, development of storylines and presentation methods.

Over the course of the semester, students work in small groups on a self-selected topic with the potential to improve education in today's heterogenous and digitalized world. The course simulates a typical exploration process from a project idea to a concrete project proposal to be implemented by a NGO like the Bertelsmann Foundation.

About the instructors: 
The course is convened by Dr. Jörg Dräger, Ralph Müller-Eiselt and Dr. Dirk Zorn.

Jörg Dräger is a member of the Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Board where he is responsible for the fields of education, integration, civic participation and good governance. Moreover, he serves as CEO of the Centre for Higher Education (CHE). Dräger studied in Hamburg and at Cornell University in New York State where he received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. After starting his professional career at the consultancy Roland Berger in Frankfurt/Main, Dräger became CEO of the Northern Institute of Technology, a young private business school in Hamburg. From 2001 to 2008, Dräger was appointed Minister for Science and Research in the state of Hamburg. From 2004 to 2006, he additionally held the office of Minister for Health and Consumer Protection.

Ralph Müller-Eiselt is an expert in education policy and governance and leads the task force for policy challenges and opportunities in a digital world at the Bertelsmann Foundation.

Dirk Zorn is a Senior Project Manager and coordinates the foundation's activities in the field of schooling. Dirk Zorn has profound experience from academia as well as the non-profit and business world.