Future Social Learning Networks (summer term 2012) - #fsln12


Following the success of the Future Social Learning Networks (FSLN) seminar in the summer term 2010 and in the winter term 2010/11 we offer another seminar of the series in the summer term 2012. The overall goal of the seminar is to foster collaboration in international and heterogeneous teams using a wide variety of social media tools. The course will engage students in project-based learning, the active examination with social media in a real-world cooperation scenario as well as with the examination of enablers for mobile learning.

Students will work in interdisciplinary teams with differing knowledge areas and levels on a common goal. The goal is a common mobile application that students will be designing and developing. In an initial brainstorming phase, the students are asked to reflect their daily learning behavior and express particular issues, needs and improvement areas that they see when it comes to technology support for learning. Based on these elaborations and the investigation of state-of-the-art technologies and applications the students are required to describe ideas for mobile applications that they think would tackle the identified problem areas. The design, requirements and feature selection of the applications should be in line with the overall theme “Gamification. Mobile Devices. Contextualized Information Support” and will be investigated from different perspectives:

  • a general educational perspective (Tel Aviv)
  • a media didactics and design (Berlin)
  • computer science (Paderborn & Braunschweig)
  • educational research and management (Düsseldorf)
  • e-business and business model development (Kiel)

The digital products will be the subject to active usage in an evaluation phase during and after the seminar (lead by Tel Aviv and Düsseldorf). Moreover, students from Kiel will explore market opportunities and perform a competitor analysis for the single application prototypes.

The leading question for the course can therefore put as:

“How can we best support students’ learning with contextualized information support using mobile devices and engage them in mobile learning?”


  • University of Paderborn (Germany)
  • Levinsky's College of Education (Germany)
  • Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin (Germany)
  • University of Braunschweig (Germany)
  • Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf (Germany)
  • Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)
  • Holon Institute of Technology (Israel)


The seminar is aimed at master students who want to apply the methods and content of their studies in practical research projects. 


Readiness for the experimental use of new technologies and collaborative work in self-organized project teams are expected, as well as the independent processing of scientific problems. Active participation in the seminar is a requirement. Goal of every student group must be the (prototypical) preparation of a computer science artifact (an application that runs on mobile devices and makes use of the hardware to be found there).

Moreover we expect:

  • Good English skills (written and oral)
  • not frightened of Social Media
  • interest in developing mobile applications
  • knowledge in (our willingness to learn) JavaScript, HTML, CSS,  Python or PHP or Ruby (we're also open to iOS developers)


The seminar is organized as a blended learning event. The participants work collaboratively on specific projects and issues. In the seminar the active use of social software (Twitter, Delicious, Wikis ,...) is required by all students.

The enrolled students will be divided into groups. In each group will be at least one student from each of the participating universities, resulting in a true melange of disciplines, competences and experience. Each group will continuously document their progress in a group blog. Each group is moreover asked to prepare regularly slide decks that they share with the others in the course (via SlideShare). The whole course will have regular online meetings in which every group has to present its progress. Moreover, each group will have a mentor assigned with whom the group will have bi-weekly meetings (using Skype, FlashMeeting, Adobe Connect or the like).

Some partners have theory and practice classes. The organizers will do their best to record (or even stream) the theory classes, so that all course participants have the chance to attend the theory classes.

At the end of the course, each group will have to submit a written term paper and have to give a final presentation about their idea, their solution approach and their prototypical application.

We provide a sufficient number of mobile devices so you can test and evaluate your applications.


First meeting: Wednesday, 04. April 2012, 13:00, F2.211

Next repetition: presumably in the winter term 2012/13

Type Day Time Room Lecturer
Seminar Friday & en bloque 1-3pm F2.522 Reinhardt

Module informationen

Veranstaltungsnummer / course number
Vorausgesetze Kenntnisse / expected prior knowledge none
Scheinerwerb / credit acqusition continuous participation in the course, participation with own contributions in the social semantic web, collaborative written elaboration (seminar paper) and prototypical implementation of an application 
Prüfungsgebiet / Examination area Master program, seminar, MMWW
Module III.4 (außer III.4.1 und III.4.5)
Prüfungsordnung / examination rules See the examination rules for the master program for more information.
weiterführende Veranstaltungen / related courses project groups of the working group


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