Center for Lifelong Learning (C3L) - University of Oldenburg

Center for Lifelong Learning (C3L) - University of Oldenburg

The Center for Lifelong Learning (C3L) is a research center at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, which was the first German university to introduce Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes focused on the professional development of working adults. 

Top reasons to study here

  • International instructional teams, connecting you to a worldwide network of scholars and researchers
  • Individual and contextual study content designed for self-directed and authentic learning, so you can effectively apply theory to practice
  • Fully online, flexible and mobile learning, including personalised support from our team of instructional and technology experts

Master's Programmes

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Established in 2006, the Center for Lifelong Learning (C3L) has been a leader in Germany’s continuing higher education sector through its use of innovative teaching and learning formats such as online and blended learning and in the development and application of prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) procedures and guidelines. 


  • In cooperation with the faculties of the University of Oldenburg, C3L offers a continually expanding range of part-time degree bachelor and master’s programmes for professionals, as well as part-time certificate programmes. Students who successfully complete our certificate programmes receive a certificate from the University of Oldenburg; earned credits can later be applied toward a degree programme. 
  • C3L course modules are delivered in both blended and fully online formats, using the Center’s online learning platform C3LLO, thus making learning easily accessible and flexible. The Master in the Management of Technology Enhanced Learning (MTEL) is one of C3L’s premiere, fully online master’s programmes.


C3L's continuing education programmes are developed in close collaboration with the University's research institutes. As a scientific center that both researches and teaches innovation in new teaching and learning methods, C3L offers professional expertise in the latest educational and technological developments. C3L’s MTEL programme has a close affiliation with the University’s Center for Open Education Research (COER), and many of the COER members teach in the programme. As a direct benefit of this collaboration, the MTEL programme is able to incorporate both the professional expertise and the latest groundbreaking research in the field into its courses.


Based on a systems view of education, the Master in the Management of Technology Enhanced Learning (MTEL) programme will prepare you to strategise and organise for technology integration and transformation within all components of the educational system and across the student life cycle. The programme will equip you with the necessary competences and skills for the planning, development, implementation and support of distance learning and technology-supported learning programmes. Career prospects include positions such as e-learning training analyst, programme manager or director, IT business analyst, multimedia e-learning developer, instructional designer/training technologist, and technical trainer.

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Library services

The BIS Library and Information System is your competent partner for research and teaching at the University of Oldenburg and offers a broad range of services for students and academics. A variety of online resources are available to online students, including electronic databases, journals, and media.

ICT services

The fully online MTEL programme is accessible over the internet, and the C3LLO App for Android and iOS offers full mobile access, thus giving you the ability to access class anytime and anywhere. Our C3LLO team provides personalized technical support and can be contacted directly by e-mail or telephone.

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