Projects of the CATALPA Research Center

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In our projects, scientists from CATALPA and in-kind project leaders from the faculties use the unique research opportunities of the cluster. Through the connection to the FernUniversität with its numerous and diverse students studying digitally and hybrid, they achieve valid results in the area of the individualization of higher education through the possibilities of digitalization. They are in constant exchange and cooperate with relevant scientific institutions, which can use this special field of research together with CATALPA.

Our interdisciplinary teams from computer science, computational linguistics, psychology, sociology or educational science gain a wide range of insights - from fundamental research to application in large groups.

Propose a project

You are a scientist at the FernUniversität in Hagen, would like to pursue a research question that fits CATALPA and propose a project?

Then we would be pleased if you´d outline your idea to us! In case of a positive assessment by the scientific management, you will be asked to submit an application according to the DFG structure, which will be forwarded to an external review. If applicable, the project can be carried out within the framework of CATALPA.

Project „AI.EDU“

Artificial intelligence that supports learners and teachers in processing and structuring study content - AI.EDU is researching how exactly this can be achieved. But in order for AI to help learners improve their skills in the first place, teaching and learning processes must first be decoded and described.

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Project „APLE / APLE II“

Knowing where one's own weaknesses lie, where learning gaps exist, and thus raising awareness of one's own learning process - APLE (I and II) investigates how a digital platform can best support students in their learning success. For example, students receive recommendations for their next learning steps and can reflect on their learning behavior through visualizations.

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Project „Do I belong?“

Does the ethnicity and thus the expectation that students with migration background are stereotyped impair equal opportunities? "Do I belong?" deals with the consequences of perceived stereotype threat for the social inclusion and social relations of young people with a migration background in the German school context.

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Project „Explaining AI“

Artificial intelligence as a black box? Automatic assessment algorithms that can reliably evaluate learner responses create important capacities for teachers in the education sector. But what if learners can't do anything with the feedback? Explaining AI explores methods to generate helpful feedback using AI in the future.

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Project "IMPACT"

Better higher education thanks to artificial intelligence - the IMPACT cooperation project not only researches the use of trusted learning analytics and AI in university teaching, but also provides scientific support for implementation.

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Project "InterMINT"

How can we better support international students in Germany, especially in STEM subjects? In order to answer this question, we must first determine which predictors are crucial for academic success here. The InterMINT project is investigating this with the help of data from the "International Student Survey" study progress panel.

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Project „LA DIVA“

Learners are individual, have different strengths, are in different stages of life, and therefore need different types of support, especially in digital distance learning. This is precisely where LA DIVA comes in and determines the potential of learning analytics.

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Project „LAMASS@DiLea“

Why do some students drop out while others continue successfully? Data on this is based predominantly on the present teaching of traditional universities. If we want to know more about the factors in digital studies, it helps to look at distance learning universities as a comparison group.

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Project „NOVA:ea“

Is it even possible to test online in a meaningful way? And how can the diversity of students be taken into account? In the NOVA:ea project, study-oriented e-assessments are implemented, scientifically monitored and evaluated - in cooperation with RWTH Aachen University, TH Cologne and the German Institute for Adult Education.

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Project „OrA“

Is it up to the leader that educational technology is successfully implemented or not? What role do culture and communication play in the implementation of educational technology? The OrA project not only explores the factors, but also conducts knowledge transfer workshops with concrete recommendations for practice.

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Former Projects


Project „DivAdapt“ [completed]

The project deals with the description, prediction, and explanation of diversity effects in computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL). One goal of the project is to develop evidence-based diversity-enriched optimization of CSCL in higher education.

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Project „Permeability“ [completed]

This project is concerned with the permeability between vocational education and bachelor’s degree - from IT specialist to bachelor’s degree in computer science.

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Project „Universities of the Future“ (HdZ) [completed]

The Universities of the Future project (duration: 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018) examined the demands of digitalization on universities, their strategic processes, and their politics.

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Project „Educational Ecosystems and Data Law in the Digital Transformation“ [closed]

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