0710 E&I Project 5: EduTech Strategy
Caroline Fabian, M.Sc. (LSE), M.Sc. (Eng.), Shtefi Mladenovska, M.Sc.
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/17/21 to 09/19/21
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Friday 10/01/21 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM TC.5.03
Wednesday 10/13/21 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM D3.0.225
Wednesday 10/13/21 03:30 PM - 07:00 PM D5.0.002
Wednesday 10/13/21 04:30 PM - 07:00 PM D5.1.003
Wednesday 10/13/21 04:30 PM - 07:00 PM D5.1.002
Thursday 10/14/21 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM Online-Einheit
Friday 10/15/21 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM TC.1.01 OeNB
Thursday 10/28/21 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM D5.0.002
Thursday 11/04/21 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM D5.1.001
Thursday 12/02/21 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 12/15/21 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM Online-Einheit
Tuesday 01/18/22 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM LC.0.100 Festsaal 1

In the course "EduTech Strategy" students will be introduced to various business models, strategies and technologies employed by the educational technology sector. In the last years, technology has changed the way people learn (e.g., online and mobile learning, learning through VR instead of hands-on learning) - and new trends such as Information society and Industry 4.0 require new skills to be taught.

In close partnership with a German partner company, the world-leader in technical education, students will work on projects to directly support the company in formulating strategies to cope with new challenges such as online business models, entry into new markets, and new application areas for  technologies such as virtual and augmented reality.

Learning outcomes

"EduTech Strategy" is a project course that integrates theoretical knowledge and practical application. It enables students to:

  • Get insights into trends that shape company strategy such as digitalization, emerging markets and the increasing importance of technologies such as VR
  • Understand how a company’s strategic decisions are based on a thorough understanding of its own competencies, the overall market and the clients
  • Work on topics in close cooperation and coordination with the management team of the corporate client  

Through the work on their projects, students will also improve their communication and team working skills through

  • team work, interactive discussions and workshops
  • continuous exchange and engagement with the project partner
  • exchange with industry experts and external coaches
Attendance requirements

To complete this course with a positive grade, students must attend 80% of scheduled classes (exception: 100% attendance is required for the literature test, kick-off (13. and 15.10.2021) and E&I Touchdown). On October 14th you will work on a task remotely, so no attendance is required.


Teaching/learning method(s)

- Self-study (literature package)
- Teaching the theoretical basics on two kick-off days (lectures, case studies, group discussions, team work)
- Working on real and relevant practical projects in close cooperation with the world-leading provider of equipment and solutions for technical education.
- Workshops and coaching from external partners (top experts from practice)
- Peer feedback
- Documentation and presentation of work progress and results



Performance is assessed based on individual as well as group work throughout the semester.

Grading system:

  • 60% Group-based performance
  • 10% Midterm presentation
  • 10% Midterm report
  • 20% Final presentation
  • 20% Final report
  • 40% Individual performance
  • 10% Literature test
  • 25% ongoing participation and project management
  • 5% Reflection essay

Additionally, there will be mid-term and end of term peer ratings of the team members which may result in individual up- or downgradings.

Literature test

The literature test takes place on the WU campus on October 1st, 2021, from 8:00 - 8:30 am. Please take any delay due to checking of the 3G rules into account and plan to arrive early. The test examines the basic and in-depth knowledge that is absolutely necessary for the participation in the projects. You can find a literature list @learn with basic literature and course-specific additional literature for self-study. If you fail the literature test (less than 50%), you will be automatically transferred to the Analyst Support Program. As a student in the Analyst Support Program (ASP), you will work individually instead of working on a group-based project during the semester. The course instructors are responsible for the design of the program. In case of non-participation (e.g. due to illness) a medical certificate must be presented. For this purpose, a substitute exam will be offered.

Attendance: In order to successfully pass this course, your absence is limited to 20% of our appointments.
Please note that the attendance of the literature test, the kick-off and the E&I Touchdown is obligatory!

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Specialization Program.

Please note that course registration is binding. The moment your registration is received, it is regarded as a clear commitment on your part. Students cannot transfer to another course (once the add/drop period is over) with no exceptions, as it would be unfair to other students (who might not have gotten into the course of their choice because of the spot you registered for). The number of students accepted to the course will only be expanded if there is no space in any other course 4/5.


Attention: the obligatory literature test will be held on 1 October 2021 between 8 and 9 am. Course participation is only possible by passing the literature test – if you cannot attend the test, we kindly ask you to not register for this course. Detailed information regarding contents and location of the test will be provided after the registration phase for this course. The literature test in this course overlaps with other courses within Course 4&5 of the specialization Entrepreneurship & Innovation. A parallel attendance of these courses is not possible.


1 Author: Mandatory readings for all E&I project courses
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Content relevant for diploma examination: No
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
2 Author: Wim Naudé

Entrepreneurship, Education and the Fourth Industrial
Revolution in Africa

Publisher: Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Edition: IZA Discussion Papers, No. 10855
Year: 2017
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Content relevant for diploma examination: No
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Script
3 Author: Mathias Wildgrube, Nils Schaupensteiner, and Jan Wehinger

Volkswagen Education Lab: Accelerating
the Digital Transformation of Corporate

In: Urbach N., Röglinger M. (eds) Digitalization Cases. Management for Professionals.

Publisher: Springer, Cham
Year: 2019
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Content relevant for diploma examination: No
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book
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Last edited: 2021-09-13