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KMEL FrontpageThe Seminar organizers have published their experiences collected during earlier lectures on Business Process Management and the 1st ERCIS Seminar in the article "On the importance of agile communication skills in BPM education: Design principles for international seminars", published in Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal. You can download and read this paper by following this link. In this publication the authors derive several principles that should be followed when setting up a virtual seminar for students (see below).



Design Principle

Impact on…


The seminar should be organized as an international virtual seminar.

interpersonal and linguistic agilities.


The teams should be set up from students in different countries. No students from the same university should be in the same group.

interpersonal, intercontextual, and linguistic agilities.


The students should never have met or communicated with each other before.

interdisciplinary and intercontextual agilities.


The students should choose their own methods of communication, collaboration, and socialization. They are only given each other’s email addresses, names, and joint task descriptions.

interpersonal, interdisciplinary, and interintentional agilities.


There should be no 1-n-communication controlled by the lecturer but rather peer-to-peer-communication initiated by the students.

interintentional and intercontextual agilities.


The supervisors should be geographically distributed. The students have to include them in their communication and collaboration solution.

interpersonal and intercontextual agilities.


The seminar should provide clear deadlines for mid-term presentations, handing in papers, and giving final presentations. Time given for presentations should be strict.

interintentional and intercontextual agilities.


The topic area should be new to the students and reasonably complex.

interdisciplinary and intercontextual agilities.


The students should be obliged to do a regular written self-assessment (to fill in so-called Agility Portfolios).

all agile communication skills.


The grading for students from different universities should be comparable.

interintentional, intercontextual, and interpersonal agilities.


The supervisors should list course expectations, participation requirements, and the detailed evaluation scheme beforehand.

interintentional agilities.


There should be strong interpersonal ties between the participating higher education institutions.

all agile communication skills.


Supervisors should meet (virtually) regularly to ensure a clear consensus and optimal management of the course.

all agile communication skills (of the supervisors).

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