Finished Projects

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In the BMBF research project PRiME - Professional Reflective Mobile Personal Learning Environments, RWTH Aachen University and its partner DB Training, Learning and Consulting of Deutsche Bahn create a learning and knowledge management system based on digital media.

It is designed to support mobile employees, for example service technicians, who do not have direct access to a computer, but still need permanently available and current data. The idea behind PRiME is to create customized information and training opportunities to improve workplace-related self-directed learning and to provide immediate assistance. The functions in PRiME go far beyond a classical LMS. The new approaches are particularly represented by mobile apps cooperating with each other.

 
 

IGaDtools4MINT - Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming Framework for Computer Science Study Programs

Despite extensive research, pilot projects and aid programs that should help to increase the proportion of women in the STEM courses, that is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and to reduce dropout rates in these areas, the number of women in technical and scientific studies stagnates. With that said, the project IGaDtools4MINT addresses to develop an overall concept through which the number of women in STEM subjects can be sustainably increased, based on existing research and the analysis and synopsis of best practice measures carried out nationwide.

In this joint project the Learning Technologies Research Group of Computer Science Department 9 and the research group GDI, short for Gender and Diversity in Engineering, together with the Technical University of Berlin developed a Gender and Diversity Toolkit consisting of guidelines, strategies, and methods for universities to increase the percentage of young women and other target groups heretofore excluded from the STEM courses thus contributing to a paradigm shift in the STEM field.

 
 

SAiL-M - Semi-automatic Analysis of Individual Learning Processes in Mathematics

In university courses with hundreds of participants, it is impossible for the tutors to take extensive care of each student. On the other hand, completely automated learning environments often do not offer the feedback that weaker students require in order to catch up. Therefore, the goal of the BMBF project SAiL-M is to develop concepts and tools that allow for a semi-automated analysis of individual learning processes in mathematics and other disciplines.

During the last year, we developed interactive tools supporting the user in mathematical exercises, such as proving geometric theorems or transforming terms in set algebra. In cooperation with our partners in Schwäbisch Gmünd, we integrated interactive visualizations based on the Cinderella Dynamic Geometry System. A Jacareto module allows to evaluate the student’s learning process.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within its Program for Empirical Research in Education.