Study overview

"Shaping learning in the digital age"

Do you want to manage adult and continuing education professionally?
You want to inspire your participants as a face-to-face and online trainer?
You would like to design interactive learning media and courses?
You want to create effective e-learning and blended learning concepts?
You want to pass on digital competences to multipliers and employees?
You want to bring the digital transformation in the education industry forward?

In the Master's degree programme Digital Learning (DL), you will develop the necessary competences to be able to design, realise and reflect on attractive and target group-oriented learning offers. Didactic-methodical skills, hands-on media competences and an understanding of economic framework conditions enable you to exploit the potential of virtual and physical learning spaces and to successfully implement projects in the field of education.

The broad-based curriculum opens up a diverse range of professional activities for you. After completing the degree, you will be able to work operationally or strategically in the field of in-company training and further education, in personnel development, in e-learning agencies, in adult education, in media and publishing houses and in consultancy.

Teaching takes place in a mix of online and face-to-face events, supplemented by self-study and project phases.


Short formDL
Type of studyFull time
Standard period of study3 semester
Admission restrictionsMaster of Arts (M.A.)
Start of studies

Winter semester

Restriction on admissionSpecific
Lecture locationAnsbach, virtual seminar room
Language of instructionGerman
Course management Prof. Dr. Verena Gerner
Student advisory service

Prof. Dr. Verena Gerner


Student Services studierendenservice.dl(at)


Admission requirements

To apply for this degree programme, you must have completed at least six theoretical semesters of higher education studies (all subject areas) with an overall grade of 2.5 or better and have generally earned 210 ECTS credits, but at least 180 ECTS credits. If you bring less than 210 ECTS credits with you at the start of your studies, you will need to plan additional time to make up for any missing ECTS credits. In addition, you prove your above-average motivation to study with a letter of motivation.

To participate in the online course units, you must also have your own, fully-fledged terminal (desktop PC or notebook) with a powerful Internet connection, webcam plus headset. Your personal learning location should allow you to take part in the seminars in the virtual classroom without being disturbed.

Notes for applicants who are not (yet) able to prove all prerequisites:

Apply even if you do not yet have all the documents together, e.g. if you are missing the grade of the Bachelor's thesis and thus still lack the actual overall grade. If you submit your current grade point average (without BA grade) instead, it is usually possible to estimate whether you will (probably) achieve the required grade point average. In this way, you may be able to gain admission sooner and thus have more planning security.

If you have less than 210 ECTS at the start of your studies, it is necessary to make up the missing ECTS points in the first year of study. These can be obtained by completing additional study modules or by providing evidence of relevant professional practice. We will be happy to recommend suitable modules from our degree programmes and from the courses offered by the Virtual University of Bavaria. We will also advise you on the suitability of already acquired and/or planned practical activities with regard to possible recognition.

Study structure

The Master's programme "Digital Learning" comprises 90 ECTS credits and a standard period of study of three semesters.



In the modules of the 1st and 2nd semester, you will be enabled to describe, design and evaluate adult learning processes. You will sharpen your eye for the aesthetic design of media, gain knowledge of technical standards and apply project management methods. You will receive a sound introduction to the conception and implementation of media-supported learning scenarios and develop the competence to produce multimedia and interactive learning modules with the help of authoring tools. You will acquire the role understanding and tools to lead interactive seminars and workshops - both in presence and online. In a practical project, you will apply the knowledge you have acquired to a real, complex task and gain valuable practical experience. In addition, you will train your ability to work together virtually and interdisciplinarily throughout the programme. A selection of courses from neighbouring Master's degree programmes as well as from the catalogue of the Virtual University of Bavaria are offered as compulsory elective modules, which meaningfully complement the topic of digital learning. E.g. Multimedia Storytelling, Virtual Reality, Rhetoric & Charisma, Human Resources/Organisation, Use of Drones.

The Master's thesis offers students room for individual profile development and can be written in cooperation with a company. In addition, the degree programme regularly invites applications for topics that can include both theoretical and practical objectives. The concrete design is agreed with the respective supervisor.

Teaching methodology

Since learning formats and methods become the learning object in this degree programme itself, different learning designs are used in the modules. The learning formats include lectures via video conference, classic face-to-face seminars, blended learning scenarios as well as asynchronous online courses via the learning platform. The teaching methods consist of a mix of input (live lectures, video lessons, literature) and activating elements (knowledge tests, exercises, group work, simulations). In this way, students experience the effect of different learning designs and receive role models for their professionalisation.

Project work, oral examinations or written examinations are used as forms of examination, depending on the competency goal being pursued.


The time and location of the courses is the responsibility of the respective lecturers of the modules. In principle, all weekdays in the semester (during the lecture period) can be occupied with online and/or classroom events. Experience shows that four days per week are taken up with course dates. In each semester (except for the Master's thesis), an average of one attendance day per week is to be expected, i.e. on this day, courses take place on site at the campus in Ansbach.

The mix of online and face-to-face courses allows students increased flexibility and makes it possible to work to a manageable extent (e.g. 1 day per week) alongside the Master's programme. However, the Master's programme in Digital Learning is not a part-time programme tailored to the needs of working people. The self-study, project and examination phases accompanying the courses are demanding and time-consuming, so that the focus should be on the studies, not on a job.

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Career prospects

After completing the master's degree program, you will be able to work in the field of in-company training and continuing education, in personnel development, in e-learning agencies, in adult education, in media and publishing houses, and in interface or multiplier functions in companies and organizations in an operational, advisory, or managerial capacity.

Possible job profiles include: Digital Learning Expert, Corporate Learning Manager, Learning Consultant, E-Learning Author, Blended Learning Designer, Adult Education Officer, Education Project Manager, Trainer - Presence/Online.


Prof. Dr. Verena Gerner – Studiengangleitung Digital Learning (DL) / Studienfachberatung Digital Learning (DL) / Vorsitz Prüfungskommission Digital Learning (DL)

Prof. Dr. Verena Gerner

Studiengangleitung Digital Learning (DL) / Studienfachberatung Digital Learning (DL) / Vorsitz Prüfungskommission Digital Learning (DL)

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Prof. Dr. Verena Gerner

Prof. Dr. Verena Gerner – Studiengangleitung Digital Learning (DL) / Studienfachberatung Digital Learning (DL) / Vorsitz Prüfungskommission Digital Learning (DL)

Studiengangleitung Digital Learning (DL) / Studienfachberatung Digital Learning (DL) / Vorsitz Prüfungskommission Digital Learning (DL)


  • Studiendekanin der Fakultät Medien
  • Studiengangleitung Digital Learning (DL)
  • Vorsitz Prüfungskommission Digital Learning (DL)
  •  Wissenschaftliche Leiterin Servicecenter für digitale Lehre und Didaktik (SDL)


  • Mediendidaktik
  • Digitale Lehr-/Lernszenarien
  • Online-Moderation


  • Seit 10/2019: Professorin für Didaktik digitaler Medien an der Hochschule Ansbach
  • Seit 2015: Freiberufliche Trainerin und Beraterin für Unternehmen und Akademien, u.a. WiSo-Führungskräfte-Akademie Nürnberg und Zentrum für Hochschuldidaktik (DiZ) Ingolstadt
  • 2016-2019: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Hochschule Ansbach; Lehrbeauftragte an der TH Nürnberg; Erwerb des Zertifikats Hochschullehre Bayern; Promotion zum Thema „Digitale Kompetenz bei Pädagogischen Professionals fördern“ am Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftspädagogik und Personalentwicklung der FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2012-2016: Berufspraxis bei zwei Weiterbildungsakademien (Grundig Akademie Nürnberg, Professio GmbH Ansbach); zertifizierte Weiterbildungen als Trainerin, Business-Coach und systemische Organisationsentwicklerin sowie Qualifizierung als Live-Online-Trainerin, Blended Learning Designerin und virtuelle Moderatorin
  • 2008-2013: Studium der Sozialökonomik (M.Sc.) an der FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg und Zweitstudium der Psychologie (B.Sc.) an der FernUni Hagen
  •  2006-2008: Ausbildung zur Mediengestalterin für Digital- und Printmedien (IHK)


Diener, F., Gerner, V. & Kätzel, C. (2022). Gruppenarbeiten mit hohen Teilnehmerzahlen effektiv gestalten: Herausforderungen und Lösungsansätze für die synchrone und asynchrone Online-Lehre. In M. A. Pfannstiel & P. F.-J. Steinhoff (Hrsg.), E-Learning im digitalen Zeitalter (S. 703-720). Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

Gerner, V. (2020). Live-Online-Lehre (Website). Abrufbar unter:

Gerner, V., Jahn, D. & Schmidt, C. (2019). Blended Learning: Die richtige Mischung macht’s! Hochschuldidaktischer Leitfaden. >>> zum Volltext

Gerner, V. (2019). Digitale Kompetenz bei Pädagogischen Professionals fördern (Dissertation). Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. >>> zum Volltext

Gerner, V. & Vode, D. (2019). Die Schreibkompetenz von Studierenden mit digitalen Medien fördern. DIZ Didaktik-Nachrichten, 6/2019. >>> zum Volltext

Gerner, V. & Vode, D. (2018). Schreiben digital in die Lehre integrieren. Neues Handbuch Hochschullehre, 9/2018.

Gerner, V. & Roderus, S. (2017). Digitale Werkzeuge für eine aktivierende Hochschullehre. DIZ Didaktik-Nachrichten, 11/2017. >>> zum Volltext

Rölz, H., Vött. M. & Gerner, V. (2017). Das wäre doch gelacht?! Humor als Erfolgsfaktor beim interkulturellen Lernen. OrganisationsEntwicklung, 3/2017.

Gerner, V. & Waible, F. (2017). Online-Workshops – Interaktive Webkonferenzen gestalten und moderieren. Handbuch E-Learning, 04/2017. >>> zum Volltext

Engelhardt, E. & Gerner, V. (2017). Einführung in die Online-Beratung per Video. e-beratungsjournal - Fachzeitschrift für Onlineberatung und computervermittelte Kommunikation, 1/2017. >>> zum Volltext

Rölz, H., Gerner, V. & Tissot, O. (2016). Humor in Training und Organisationsentwicklung. Handbuch PersonalEntwickeln, 04/2016.

Gerner, V., Rölz, H. & Carl, M. (2015). Wenn alles ganz schnell gehen muss. OrganisationsEntwicklung, 1/2015

Anika Fischer-Burkholz

Anika Fischer-Burkholz – Fakultätsassistentin Medien

Fakultätsassistentin Medien


  • Fakultätsassistentin Medien

Betreute Studiengänge

  • Multimediale Medienproduktion (MMP)
  • Multimediales Didaktisches Design (MDD)
  • Digital Learning (DL)
Ralph-Peter Kappestein – Leiter Studierendenservice der School of Business and Technology (SBT)

Ralph-Peter Kappestein

Leiter Studierendenservice der School of Business and Technology (SBT)

0981 4877-143 BHS 3.02 (Brauhausstraße 15, 91522 Ansbach) nach Vereinbarung vCard

Ralph-Peter Kappestein

Ralph-Peter Kappestein – Leiter Studierendenservice der School of Business and Technology (SBT)

Leiter Studierendenservice der School of Business and Technology (SBT)


  • Leiter Studierendenservice der School of Business and Technology (SBT)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Roderus

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Roderus – Professor Digital Learning (DL)

Professor Digital Learning (DL)


  • Professor Medieninformatik und Leiter der Bayerischen Drohnenakademie


  • Informatik
  • Programmierung
  • Internet- und Webtechnologie


  • Studium der Informatik am Institut für Mathematische Maschinen und Datenverarbeitung (IMMD) der Friedrich-Alexander-Universtität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Promotion am Institut für Mathematische Maschinen und Datenverarbeitung der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg im Bereich der Theorie der Programmiersprachen
  • Tätigkeit als Referent und Führungskraft im Bereich Software Engineering und Systemarchitektur bei DATEV in Nürnberg
  • seit 1999 Professor an der Hochschule Ansbach

Weitere Kontaktmöglichkeiten:

  • Business-Kontakte: XING

Prof. Philipp Walliczek, M.A.

Prof. Philipp Walliczek, M.A. –


  • Professor Multimedia und Kommunikation (MUK)
  • Professor Multimediale Information und Kommunikation (MIK)
  • Studienfachberatung Multimedia und Kommunikation (MUK)
  • Vorsitzender Prüfungskommission Multimedia und Kommunikation (MUK)
  • Leiter Fotostudio
  • Mitglied Fakultätsrat Medien


  • Fotodesign
  • Journalismus
  • Mediendesign