Service learning at universities aims at changing students' skills and perspectives in a sustainable way. What are best practices and obstacles? On February 25, 2021, the SENSE Center for Civic Engagement and Responsible Management Education at Karlshochschule International University invites you to discuss good practice and new inspiration in Service Learning as part of the conference"Re-thinking Service Learning".

By making experience-based learning a central principle, we would like to inspire you to an interactive exchange about the experiences and insights of practitioners (from universities and civil society) and scientists.

In addition to classical inputs, we attach great importance to open, participatory formats for the digital conference, which will be enriched with a wide range of cooperative tools and creative ideas.


Please direct enquiries to senseconference(at) 

Content and course of conference

The main program of the conference will take place on Thursday February 25, 2021 between 09:30 and 21:00. However, on Tuesday February 23, and Wednesday February 24, there will be optional specials in the evenings (see below).

The main program on February 25 will focus on the topics of personality development, digitalisation and future of service learning, and service learning in an international context. The three parallel channels will offer participants the opportunity to switch between different sessions and topics. The speakers at the conference will represent the diversity of actors from academic research and civil society practice. The day ends with a panel discussion focussing on opportunities and challenges of cooperation between civil society and universities in Service Learning.

The conference will mainly be conducted in German Language. In order to facilitate participation of internationals, three inputs will be conducted in English language (see program).

Evening program: Virtual Game Night on February 24

On the eve of the conference, we also invite you to get to know each other and socialize in the form of a Virtual Game Night! We would be very pleased to welcome you here as well.

Special Feature: Virtual Reality Experience

A special addition to the conference is a virtual reality experience. As part of the topical area "Service Learning today and tomorrow" we will discuss the added value of virtual reality experiences in service learning. Part of this additional offer is a technical introduction to the use of VR headsets and virtual reality experiences, which we offer on Tuesday, February 23 from 19:30. You will then have the opportunity to experience two "immersive experiences" yourself ("The Key" and "Traveling While Black"). During the conference on February 25 we will evaluate the experience in a virtual seminar environment and discuss the question of how VR experiences today or in the future could replace or enrich conventional service-learning experiences. This discussion panel “Is there an Added Value of Virtual Reality Experiences in Service Learning? “will take place in English.

Registered participants of this additional offer receive professional virtual reality headsets, which will be sent to their home or office address for at rental fee of €25.00. Participation is limited to 20 persons and registrations will be closed on February 15th, 2021.

SENSE Surprise Package

Since the pandemic does not allow us to have a personal interactive exchange in the physical Karls environment, we attach great importance to a holistic and varied experience, despite the digital environment. As an element of this, we will send the participants a haptic "SENSE Surprise Package" to their postal address, which accompanies the conference and turns it into a "tangible experience with all senses". Therefore, please enter the address to which the parcel is to be sent when registering.

Please note: For logistical reasons, the registration form for receiving the free package closes on February 15th, 2021.

Panel Discussion: "Cooperation between Universities and Civil society in Service Learning - a Win-Win-Model?"

The evening highlight of the conference day is a digital panel discussion on the subject "Cooperation between Universities and Civil society in Service Learning - a Win-Win-Model?". In dialog with experienced experts from universities and civil society, we will deal with the challenges and successes of cooperation in service learning. In addition, we would like to discuss new ways and models to bring about sustainable changes in service learning and in society. We will also focus on approaches that go beyond traditional service learning, such as social entrepreneurship. The audience is also given the virtual opportunity to participate in the discussion, to contribute their own thoughts and ideas and to help shape the course of the debate. We look forward to the exchange of perspectives and experiences and look forward to new accents on the way to global justice, sustainability and equal opportunities.


  • Prof. Christoph Corves, Ph.D., University of Kiel
  • Sibylle Mühleisen, University of Konstanz
  • Claudia Leitzmann, Landesnetzwerk bürgerschaftliches Engagement Bayern e.V.
  • Justin Shrum, The Justice Project e.V.
  • Alina Allmann, Alumna Karlshochschule 


  • Anna Krez, Hochschule Karlsruhe-Technik und Wirtschaft
  • Clara Drammeh, Karlshochschule

The discussion will take place in German language.

Registration: If you are not registered for the conference but would like to participate only in the panel discussion, write a short email to senseconference(at) .


Detailed information about panel discussion

Digital Platform

Microsoft Teams is intended as conference platform— all registered attendees will receive a brief introduction and technical guidance in advance of the conference. The necessary logins and links will be delivered by email in the days before the conference.


The method of service learning combines academic content with a practical, public-interest experience and reflexive learning. It gives students the opportunity to raise their awareness of social justice and sustainability, to improve their teamwork and solution orientation.

Service learning also means the lived openness and cooperation of universities and civil society – a partnership that operates at best on an equal eye level and enriches both sides.

The SENSE Center for Civic Engagement and Responsible Management Education is the service unit for service learning at Karlshochschule. By integrating service-learning projects into the curriculum, we support students on their way to becoming active cosmopolitans and responsible decision-makers. By anchoring the cross-cutting topic of ethics in digitalization, we are also equipping them for the digital future.


More information about the SENSE Project