In 2016, the eLearning Academy "fell into its founders' laps". Prof. (FH) Dr. Silvia Ettl-Huber and Prof. (FH) Dr. Michael Roither are actually two busy professors at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland. Both had previously worked at the Danube University in Krems, Austria, and both were still sceptical when it came to distance learning at the time.
The two happened upon a blended learning study that looked at programmes that are based on mailing study materials to students and the two made an interesting observation. On average, students who worked with a higher proportion of distance learning were got slightly better grades than the students in face-to-face programmes at their final exams. This made them think. It suddenly seemed logical that a consistently growing, updated and multimedia-based study content would ensure consistent teaching quality. Above all, distance studies offer a comprehensive line of subjects.
Where there is a thought, a way is soon found. The Austrian Institute of Management at the FH Burgenland let the founders pursue their idea to the end and so they built a course of study based entirely on distance learning. Enriched with the secret ingredients, the founders bring along from decades of experience in part-time education and training.