Adult Education Academy

Dr. Lisa Breitschwerdt

Dr. Lisa Breitschwerdt is a research associate at the Professorship for Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Würzburg. She works on digitalisation and professionalisation in adult and higher education, didactics and methods of teaching and learning and dialogical perspectives in adult education research.


  • Professionalisation in adult education
  • Digitisation in adult education and university teaching
  • Didactics and methodology in adult and contiuning education
  • Participatory and dialogical perspectives in adult education research

CG7: Digitalization in Adult Education and Learning

Co-Moderator: Prof. Emmanuel Jean Francois, Prof. Sabine Schmidt-Lauff

The digital transformation that stemmed from dynamics in technological progress, which  enables the emergence of new types of educational practices, creates demands for new educational offerings/programmes/strategies, and changes education (including teaching and learning ) in all areas. This also results in changing demands in adult competencies for a critical mindset / reflection / on the diverse consequences (i.e., from individual and social to planetary) that are indispensable. Organizations, educational institutions, and professional actors have used various digital technologies to facilitate adult education and learning in order to provide a better learning experience to adult learners. Such phenomenon is called digitalization of adult education and learning. Although such digitalization started decades ago, the lockdown caused by the global pandemic corona virus (COVID-19) and now Artificial Intelligence (AI) with its generative tools have produced an increasing digital acceleration at every systemic level (mega, macro, meso, and micro).  Accordingly, the module will inquire and analyze  how digitalization is changing adult education in different ways through:

  1. changing political (including infrastructural, strategic) conditions,
  2. digitalization-induced (professional) activities/competencies, approaches, and programmes, and
  3. new opportunities/challenges of (AI) learning tools. 

The digitalization of adult education and learning affects, if not all, most countries in the world. However, the policies, guidelines, approaches, and practices of digitalization may vary based on socio-cultural, socio-economic, and/or socio-political contexts of nations and regions of the world. This module intends to enable participants to critically analyze the digitalization and implementation of digitalization policies in adult education and learning in national/cultural and cross-national/cross-cultural contexts.

  1. Breitschwerdt, L.; Beu, V.; Egetenmeyer, R. & Grafe, S. (2022). Digital Media in Adult and Continuing Education in Germany. Excellence And Innovation In Learning And Teaching, 7(2), 5-22.

  2. Breitschwerdt, L. & Egetenmeyer, R. (2022). Dialogorientierte Forschung in der Erwachsenenbildung/Weiterbildung. Theoretische und forschungsmethodische Überlegungen zur Gestaltung des Wissenschafts-Praxis-Verhältnisses. bildungsforschung (2). 1-22.

  3. Breitschwerdt, L.; Thees, A. & Egetenmeyer, R. (2022). Digitale Medien in der Erwachsenenbildung/Weiterbildung. Magazin Das Fachmedium für Forschung, Praxis und Diskurs. Ausgabe, 44-45. Online:

  4. Breitschwerdt, L.; Lechner, R. & Egetenmeyer, R. (2021): The “new professionalism” in adult and continuing education – a multi-level perspective. Journal Of Adult Education And Community Services (JAECS), 2(3), 483-490. (Zweitveröffentlichung)

  5. Staab, M.; Kröner, S.; Breitschwerdt, L. & Egetenmeyer, R. (2021).  On The Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership INTALL. Journal Of Adult Education And Community Services (JAECS), 2(3), 21-29. (Zweitveröffentlichung)

  6. Breitschwerdt, L. & Egetenmeyer, R. (in Vorb.). The International Adult Education Academy and its contribution to professionalisation in adult education. In V. Boffo, & R. Egetenmeyer (Eds.), Re-thinking Adult Education Research. Firenze University Press.

  7. Breitschwerdt, L. & Egetenmeyer, R. (2022). Erwachsenenbildung/Weiterbildung. In H. Reinders, Dagmar Bergs-Winkels, Isabell Post & Annette Prochnow (Hrsg.), Empirische Bildungsforschung. Eine elementare Einführung (S. 127-150). Wiesbaden: SpringerVS.

  8. Breitschwerdt, L. & Sen, V. (2017). Implementing National Qualifications Frameworks: Difficulties in Cambodia and Germany. In: R. Egetenmeyer & M. Fedeli (eds.), Adult Education and Work Contexts: International Perspectives and Challenges. Comparative Perspectives from the 2017 Würzburg Winter School (pp. 101-121). Frankfurt et. al.: Peter Lang.

  9. Scheffel, M. & Breitschwerdt, L. (2017). Interdisziplinäre Kompetenzen fördern und evaluieren. In M. Görtler, S. Bauer, H. Ellner, K. Oeder & M. Scheffel (Hrsg.), Subjektorientierung, Lehren und Lernen (S. 159-177). Norderstedt: BoD.

  10. Breitschwerdt, L. (2022). Professionalitätsentwicklung in der Erwachsenenbildung/Weiterbildung als Mehrebenen-Phänomen. Eine qualitative Einzelfallanalyse am Beispiel einer Organisation der beruflichen Weiterbildung. VS Springer.

  11. Bender, W., Breitschwerdt, L. & Scheffel, M. (2016). Grenzgänge. Interdisziplinäre Kompetenzen fördern und evaluieren. Wissenschaftliche Begleitstudie zum Projekt „Der Coburger Weg“ (2011-2016) der Hochschule Coburg. Göttingen: Cuvillier Verlag.



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