The research project FORWARD undertakes a strategic foresight and technology assessment in the field of digital education and thus generates relevant findings that support policy-making in the field of digitisation of continuing education in a (post-)pandic society. FORWARD focuses on the consequences of increasing digitisation in further education and training, taking the example of the low-skilled. In this context, FORWARD identifies both opportunities (e.g. media-didactic approaches) and risks of digitisation (e.g. new inequalities) in further education and training with regard to the target group of the low-skilled as well as relevant political strategies for action. In particular, FORWARD focuses its analysis on the consequences of the Corona pandemic on the participation and involvement of the low-skilled. The project thus contributes to policy making by analysing the consequences of digital transformation processes in relation to a vulnerable target group in a (post-)pandemic society.

Project title

Foresight study on continuing education: Opportunities and risks for the participation of the low-skilled in the process of digitisation from the perspective of continuing education and training providers (FORWARD)

Duration: November 2021 – Oktober 2023

Project partners

  • Chair of Adult Education at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (Prof. Dr. Matthias Rohs)
  • German Institute for Adult Education (DIE), Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning


The FORWARD project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Contact person

Dipl.-Sozialwiss., Mag. rer. publ. Andreas Weßner