Master of Distance Education (MDE)
MSc, MA, PhD
Thomas Hülsmann studied at the University of Tübingen and the London School of Economics before he obtained his Masters Degree in Mathematics at the University of Bielefeld in 1976.
After a decade of teaching Mathematics in several African countries, he came to distance education through his experience in developing schoolbooks for mathematics in Madagascar where he worked for the GTZ (German Association for Technical Co-operation) until 1994.
He then took a Masters Degree in Education and International Development/Distance Education at the Institute of Education in London. 1996 he joined the International Research Foundation (IRFOL) under its director Hilary Perraton to do research on cost-effectiveness of distance education in a number of European countries.
Since 1999 he works at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg (Germany) as a member of the Center for Distance Education (ZEF) where he helped launching the Master of Distance education (MDE) a joint program offered by the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and Oldenburg university. Together with Prof. Dr. B. Holmberg and Prof. Dr. O. Peters as visiting experts, he has taught OMDE 601 (Foundation of Distance Education) several times. He has developed OMDE 606 (Costs and Economics of Distance Education) which he regularly teaches with Prof. Dr. G. Rumble as visiting expert.
True to his continued interests in developing countries he developed two courses on distance education in developing countries which eventually were merged into DEMP 625 Globalization, Development and Distance Education, which is is still the core course in the Certificate Distance Education in Developing Countries.
When 2007 as part of a major organizational restructuring at Oldenburg university the Center for Distance Education was merged with other units of the university to form the new Center for Lifelong Learning and with the retreat of its Director Ulrich Bernath he inherited his role as Director of the MDE on the Oldenburg side.
With Dr. Bernath he is responsible for the ASF-Series (a series of monographs on research in distance education) which is closely linked with the MDE program. The series comprises meanwhile thirteen volumes, a number of which are written by MDE faculty or visiting experts and is used in various courses of the program. - He is also serving on the editorial board of Distance Education, one of the leading journals in the field of distance education.
Thomas Hülsmann worked as a consultant for the GTZ (Sri Lanka 1997, Vietnam 2003) and for COL (Sierra Leone 2004). In 2006 he was keynotespeaker at the Annual Conference of Asian Open Universities in Kunming (China). For the Commonwealth Of Learning (COL) he developed a CD-Rom introducing the basics of cost analysis.
For his work on cost-effectiveness in distance education he received a PhD of the School of Education at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg.
His published work include:
Hülsmann, T. (2009). Access and efficiency in the development of distance education and e-learning. In U. Bernath, Szucs, A., Tait, A., Vidal, M. (Ed.), Distance and E-learning in Transition – Learning innovation, technology and social challenges. Paris: ISTE, John Wiley.
Hülsmann, T. (2008). Peters, Holmberg, Moore - a personal configuration. Distances et Savoirs, 6(3), 455-479.
Hülsmann, T., Li, Y., Porto, S. (2008 June, 29 - July, 2). A window to Chinese and American Approaches to DE: An institutional approach, 4th Annual United States-China Forum on Distance Education: Mega trends and innovation in distance education for sustainable growth: Pedgogy, technology, services, and partnerships (pp. 356-366). UMUC Marriott Inn and Conference Center, Adelphi UMUC.
Hülsmann, T. (2008). From Baobab to Bonsai: Revisiting methodological issues in the costs and economics of distance education and distributed e-learning. In W. J. Bramble, Panda, S. (Ed.), Economics of distance and online learning. London: Routledge; Taylor & Francis Group.
Hülsmann, T. (2007). The distance education chameleon: New technologies and the changing cost-structure of ODL. Journal of Open Education Research, Shanghai TV University.
Hülsmann, T. (2007). Nachhaltige Organisation berufsbegleitender Studiengänge in internationaler Kooperation; Die Kosten- und Preisgestaltung des Master of Distance Education (MDE). In A. Hanft (Ed.).
Hülsmann, T. (2004). Costing open and distance learning. (CD-ROM) Vancouver: COL.
Hülsmann, T. (2004, April). Guest Editorial: Low Cost Distance Education Strategies: the use of appropriate information and communication technologies. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), ISSN: 1492-3831.
Bernath, U. & Hülsmann, T. (2004, 4-6 March). Low cost high outcome approaches. Paper presented at the The Third EDEN Research Workshop and International Conference: Supporting the Learner in Distance Education and E-Learning, Oldenburg.
Hülsmann, T. (2004, 4-6 March). The two-thronged attack on learner support: costs and the centrifugal forces of convergence. Paper presented at the The Third EDEN Research Workshop and International Conference: Supporting the Learner in Distance Education and E-Learning, Oldenburg.
Hülsmann, T. (2003). Book Review of Trends, Policy and Strategy Considerations, UNESCO Report (2002). Open Learning, 18(3).
Bernath, U. & Hülsmann, T. (2002, 21 - 23 March). Asynchronous discussions in virtual seminars: might they work? Paper presented at the The Second Research Workshop of EDEN: Research and Policy in Open and Distance Learning., University of Hildesheim, Germany.
Hülsmann, T. (2003a). Costs without camouflage. In U. Bernath & E. Rubin (Eds.), Reflections on teaching and learning in an online master program - A case study (pp. 167-226). Oldenburg: Bibliotheks- und Informationssystem der Universität Oldenburg.
Hülsmann, T. (2003b). Texts that talk back - Asynchronous conferencing: a possible form of academic discourse? In U. Bernath & E. Rubin (Eds.), Reflections on teaching and learning in an online master program - A case study (pp. 75-120). Oldenburg: Bibliotheks- und Informationssystem der Universität Oldenburg.
Hülsmann, T. (2000). The costs of open learning: a handbook. Oldenburg: Bibliotheks- und Informationssystem der UniversitÃ¤t Oldenburg.
Hülsmann, T. (1999). Costs of Distance Learning. In K. Harry (Ed.), Open Learning for the New Society: The Role of Higher Education. London: Routledge.
Perraton, H. & Hülsmann, T. (1998). Planning and Evaluating systems of Open and Distance Learning. Sheffield: Department for Education and Employment.
Hülsmann, T. (1996). Distance education and the textbook: reflections on distance education and its potential for supporting textbook based innovations. Unpublished MA Thesis, Institute of Education, London.
Any questions regarding the Certificate programms as well as the MDE programm should be addressed to:
Dr. Thomas Hülsmann
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Center for Lifelong Learning - C3L
Tel.: ++49 441 798 3288
Fax: ++ 49 441 798 4414