Joint Research Project: Intelligent Support for Small Online Learning Teams in Higher Education – IKARion

Dauer:   01.03.2017 - 29.02.2020
Projektleiter:  Prof. Dr. Monique Janneck, Prof. Dr. Horst Hellbrück
Mitarbeiter: Jessica Brandenburger, Manfred Constapel, Eugen Ebel


The aim of the overall project is to develop intelligent automated diagnostics and intervention procedures for successful teamwork in online teaching. Problems arising in the teams will be detected and diagnosed automatically on the basis of their interaction patterns. In this project suitable automated interventions to guide teamwork will be developed and algorithmically modeled using pedagogic-psychological and social/media psychological expertise and findings. These intelligent adaptive interventions are thus comparable to an autonomous tutor: If automatic diagnosis detects possible impairments in the team interaction the team members will be informed automatically and guided to improve their temwork via the learning platform.

In this project we address the area of ​​innovative digital higher education by means of existing new technical developments. Our goal is to lead teamwork which plays an important role in a multitude of innovative teaching learning formats. Teamwork will be supported by intelligent automated diagnostics and adaptive interventions. Furthermore, we will apply our intelligent automated diagnostics and adaptive interventions in didactic settings where close supervision by lecturers is not possible (e.g. due to the high number of participants). In order to generate generalizable and widely applicable results we will consider a wide range of different online-supported teaching-learning formats in social and natural sciences, engineering sciences and various types of higher education.


The goal of subproject 1 "Group Awareness and Intelligent Prompt" is to develop and implement measures to increase awareness to enhance mutual group perception in small teams by the online-supported teaching. On the one hand, this includes the innovative visualization of the group processes in order to illustrate the group activity and cooperation to the learner and thus to provide incentives to change the behavior.

In addition, we will develop intelligent prompts to manage group work. Intelligent prompts are automated feedback of quantitative and qualitative information on teamwork as well as specific hints for their improvement. The technical implementation is founded on the basis of the learning platform Moodle, which is widely used in the university landscape and therefore, allows reutilization. A test of the developed measures is carried out within the framework of online, MOOC-based, and presence courses at University of Applied Sciences Lübeck.

Project Partners

  • Universität Duisburg-Essen Fakultät Ingenieurwissenschaft

    • Sozialpsychologie: Medien und Kommunikation

    • Collaborative Learning in Intelligent Distributed Environments

  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum 
    • Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft - Pädagogische Psychologie

This project is founded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research,

Förderkennzeichen: 16DHL1011 

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