Jürgen Handke is a German Professor for English Linguistics and Web Technology. He retired from university in April 2020 but still conducts several teaching and learning projects.
A pioneer of digital teaching and way ahead of his time Handke started to introduce innovative, digital and interactive teaching methods in the form of CD-ROMs in the early 1990s. This new way of teaching resulted in the creation of the world’s first and largest e-learning platform for linguistics, the Virtual Linguistics Campus (VLC) in 2000. The VLC offers dozens of fully certified linguistic courses and course material for theoretical and applied linguistics, ranging from introductory classes such as Phonology, Morphology, Syntax und Semantics to highly specialised courses such as 'Human Language Technologies'. Currently, the VLC has more than 4,000 active users.
In 2013, Handke started the Virtual Linguistics Campus YouTube channel, now the largest linguistics channel in the world with more than 8 million clicks and more than 92,000 subscribers and more than 400 videos, which all involve the CC BY licensing model.