Student Laboratory "InfoSphere" – An Extracurricular Place of Learning for School Students of All Ages

The InfoSphere, founded in summer 2010, is an extracurricular learning place particulary for Computer Science topics. Its various workshops offer several perspectives on numerous facets and applications of Computer Science for school students of all ages and types of schools, beginning with the third class.



Digitisation in education and research enables new forms of location-independent networking of laboratory infrastructures. This involves mastering technical, organisational and didactic challenges. A research consortium consisting of the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart (HFT), the Bremian Institute for Production and Logistics (BIBA), the Institute for Knowledge Media (IWM) of the University of Koblenz-Landau, RWTH Aachen and the University of Parma is meeting these challenges in the project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Click here for the DigiLab4U project.



The joint project MeinBerufBau focuses on trainees with a learning disability who (would like to) complete dual training in a training occupation in the construction industry in the sense of a narrow understanding of inclusion. The aim is to develop digital learning settings that provide new forms for collaborative learning by trainees with and without learning disabilities. The focus here is on designing barrier-free learning and education processes to support trainees in learning and exercising a vocational activity over the long term.


L²P - Learning and Teaching Platform of RWTH Aachen University

L2P is the central web-based learning and teaching platform of RWTH Aachen University. It’s a centrally hosted platform, integrated into the IT services of the university, with regular back-ups and support. Its virtual course rooms facilitate the administration of courses and give students easy access to all dates, materials, assignments, exercises and other information relevant for learning. Moreover, it opens up additional didactical options for using digital media in teaching. Being a protected system with personalized login, L²P also allows lecturers to distribute third party materials corresponding with the copyright restrictions. Additionally, it allows for easy integration of third party systems to extend the platform's functionality.


QOLB / LeBiAC - Quality Initiative in Teacher Education

With the Quality Initiative in Teacher Education the federal and state governments support the development and promotion of extending teacher-training programs. Since 1 January 2016, the Department for Didactics of Computer Science at RWTH Aachen University has been participating in the new program with three particular measures.



In the TABULA project, we examine the use of tangible objects on interactive multitouch tables in computer science education.


Personal Photonics

"Personal Photonics" is a large joint project of InfoSphere with the Media Computing Group of Chair i10 at RWTH Aachen University, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the funding measure "Open Photonics". This project provides interactive demonstrators that utilize photonics technologies, such as depth-cameras, LEDs and stereolithography 3D Printing. InfoSphere will carry out Arduino microcontroller programming workshops with photonics aspects to a broad audience throughout Germany and online.



The aim of MINT-L-OER-amt is to integrate the concept of Open Educational Resources (OER) into the STEM education and training programs at the RWTH Aachen University. This is accomplished by qualifying and supporting certain target groups to create, edit and utilize OER Materials for teaching purposes. The target groups are: Lecturers and students of the STEM didactics at RWTH, current school teachers in the region and later on other lecturers and STEM field students of RWTH. The above-mentioned groups are to be qualified gradually supported by the center of excellence at RWTH (MINT-L⁴@RWTH). All materials used within the qualification program will be available also as OER.


IaG - Computer Science at Primary Schools

The aim of the project "Computer Science at Primary Schools" in North Rhine-Westphalia is to explain the facets of computer science to the school students of third and fourth classes and to show the importance of computer science in everyday life. The focus lies not on the usage of computer systems but on the basic concepts of computer science, for example displaying information.


MINT-L⁴@RWTH Aachen - Lifelong Learning for Teachers

MINT-L⁴@RWTH is a centre of excellence founded in 2012 that is dedicated to the acquisition, the education, and further education of current and future teachers in the STEM field as well as the support of students in the STEM field before and while they're beginning their studies..


BeLEK - Profession Teacher at Vacational Colleges

The project BeLEK stands for Profession Teacher at Vocational Colleges. It is funded by the Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of NRW, in short MIWF, and aims to strengthen the teaching profession in NRW and act against the lack of teachers in the commercial and technical area.


PALM - Personal Academic Learner Model

The project realizes a comprehensive recommender system for researchers, integrating various visual analytics modules.


Blended Learning Project

The aim of the video project is to produce a few scenes that highlight the technological differences which have arisen over time with computer science. In doing so, knowledge of the basic work of producing a film should be collected.


Learning in Context

The Learning Context Project defines a LifeLong Learner model, which is fundamental to all our Learning Analytics activities. The learner model includes context information in order give valuable feedback or recommendations and to allow self-reflection on the daily tasks or learning activities. Nowadays, learning does not necessarily take place at home or in school / university. Due to the vastly growing number of smartphone / tablet users, learning can take place everywhere and every time. Such a scenario creates many new opportunities to improve learning by making use of a set of various context information that can be gathered by modern (mobile) devices or of information about the learners themselves, for example their interests, knowledge or goals.


AIX - Future Teaching & Learning

With this project funded by the Stifterverband, the RWTH Aachen University is striving to modernize and improve its teaching by implementing blended learning concepts in all of its faculties by the end of 2017. Using tools and methods from the areas of Learning Analytics, Data Mining, and interview techniques of Technology and Innovation Management, until then the project should develop the means necessary to separate useful investments and quality improving measures from measures that are mainly costly but do not improve the quality of the teaching significantly.



CourseMapper is a mind map-based collaborative course annotation and analytics platform that fosters collaboration and interaction around pdf/video learning materials, supported by visual learning analytics. CourseMapper can be developed into a MOOC platform focussing on cMOOCs, shot for connectivist MOOCs.