Learning Technologies

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Our goal is to promote and conduct research, innovative teaching, and collaboration in the areas of technology enhanced learning, intelligent Web and mobile systems, and didactics of computer science. In this context, we work on methods, infrastuctures, and techniques for next generation technology enhanced learning environments:

  • Design, implementation, and evaluation of learning platforms and learning components
    • The Blended Learning Infrastructure at RWTH Aachen University: L²P Teaching and Learning platform
    • Collaborative Learning and MOOCs: CourseMapper
    • (Mobile) Personal Learning Environments: PRiME
    • Assessment and Feedback: Open Assessment
    • Mobile Learning in Context: Learning in Context
    • Research topics in Learning Analytics
      • Learning Data management, that is collection, pre-processing, manipulation, storage, and analysis, & Life Long Learner Modelling: LCDM
      • Open Learning Analytics Platform, Analytics Concepts and Algorithms: openLAP
      • Evaluation, Ethics and Privacy Considerations in Learning Analytics: LA-Eval
      • Knowledge management, recommender systems: GIVIES, PALM
    • Learnig Technologies for Computing Education
      • TABULA - Tangible objects on Multitouch tabletops
      • Multitouch games for early computing education

Learning Technologies team

Dr. Amine Chatti, Dr. Thiemo Leonhardt, Matthias Ehlenz, Christoph Greven, Vlatko Lukarov, Arham Muslim, Svenja Noichl, Usman Wahid


Didactics of Computer Science

The Learning Technologies Research Group at Computer Science Department 9 is conducting research on didactics in the field of curricular and extracurricular education in computer science. With the Student Lab for Computer Science InfoSphere as well as with the project go4IT! our research focuses on extracurricular learning scenarios. The target group involves children and teenagers from third grade to the final secondary-school examinations but also teaching staff and parents. Within the range of these projects we've been focusing on the following research topics since 2010:

  • Image of computer science among children and teenagers
  • Aspired image/ self-perception of the technical community
  • Gender-effects in the STEM fields
  • Learning computer science in different age groups
  • Effects of a visit of extracurricular learning places for computer science
  • Variety of methods at the student lab
  • E-learning for computer science topics, for example Moodle

Further research topics are:

  • Primary school kids learning with multi-touch displays
  • Studying computer science with and without technology: CS unplugged
  • Teacher-training and further education for teachers. Here we focus on the introduction in (object-oriented) programming
  • Input of hands-on material within the scheme of informatics class: TABULA


Team management: Dr. Nadine Bergner
Team members: Dr. Thiemo Leonhardt, Matthias Ehlenz and Sandra-Jasmin Petrut