This workshop introduces the central steps towards the digitization of content for language learning. Prof. Handke not only talks about "digital language learning" but shows how and where to start.
His 6-step-roadmap serves as a blueprint not only for the subject but opens the gate for the digitization of any academic content. And the main goal is: free your class for more time for your students.
Jürgen Handke is a German Professor for English Linguistics and Web Technology.
A pioneer of digital teaching and way ahead of his time Handke started to introduce innovative, digital and interactive teaching methods in the form of CD-ROMs in the early 1990s. This new way of teaching resulted in the creation of the world’s first and largest e-learning platform for linguistics, the Virtual Linguistics Campus (VLC) in 2000. The VLC offers more than 500 fully certified linguistic courses and course material for theoretical and applied linguistics, ranging from introductory classes such as Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Semantics to highly specialised courses such as 'Human Language Technologies'. Currently, the VLC has more than 15,000 active users with more than 3,000 visitors daily. Since 2014 the VLC has hosted the world's first pMOOC-curriculum with currently more than 5,000 active participants (pMOOC: https://youtu.be/DO9LNOyKOnA).
In 2013 Handke started the Virtual Linguistics Campus YouTube channel, now the largest linguistics channel in the world with almost 5 million clicks and more than 45,000 users and more than 500 videos, which all involve the CC BY licensing model.
Since 2012 Handke published several books about modern teaching, the most influential ones are 2012 'E-Learning, E-Teaching and E-Assessment', 2014 'Patient Hochschullehre' and 2015 'Handbuch Hochschullehre Digital' (2nd extended ed. 2017).
In 2013 Handke received the highest Hessian Teaching and Learning Award for his Inverted Classroom Mastery Model, in October 2015 he was awarded the highest German teaching award, Ars Legendi Prize for Digital Teaching and Learning. 2016 he was awarded the DIE-prize for his MOOC #DEU4ARAB.
In 2017 he received the national OER award for his MOOC #FIT4UNI.
Handke is advisor of several German state governments and member of the national board "Hochschulforum Digitalisierung" and has recently started using humanoid robots in digital teaching and learning scenarios (state government funded project H.E.A.R.T).
1. All CUHK teachers and colleagues in teaching and learning are welcome.
2. We encourage the participants to bring their own laptops for the workshop activities.
3. To learn more about the workshop series, please visit
4. The event is funded by the University Grants Committee under the Funding Scheme for Teaching and Learning Related Projects.
5. Registration will be closed once available places are filled.
6. For enquiries, please contact Ms. Charlene Li at