Collaborative Web 2.0 Tools for Students

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The last session today was an introduction in the Open Source Social Network „elgg“ which will be used as the main collaborative platform for the just started Virtual Collaborative Learning project with Riga and Tallinn.

Our team will take the way back to Dresden tomorrow. We would like to thank our hosts for the great time and hospitality and the participated students for their attention and active communication. We wish you success and our team a safe trip back home.

See you in the virtual classroom 🙂


The VCL Project has just been kicked-off

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The Kick-Off meeting of the forty fifth VCL Project was held successfully with the participation of the three universities in Dresden, Riga and Tallinn.

After a welcome message from Prof. Dr. Eric Schoop, Matthias introduced the participating student with first information about the Virtual Collaboration Project that will be worked on in the next six week and the next steps they will have to take on the learning platform.

We wish our students and colleagues much fun and an exciting experience in the virtual phase.

Introduction to Virtual Collaborative Learning (VCL)


The first session of this evening is an introduction to Virtual Collaborative Learning (VCL). Corinna Talked about:

  • The typical sequence of an VCL-project
  • VCL-projects and blended learning
  • Goals of VCL-Projects
  • Collaboration in Education
  • Computer Based Communication
  • Learning in groups in the virtual classroom and
  • Support learners by e-tutors

Sightseeing in Tallinn

While gaining an insight into civil life of the Estonians yesterday, Corinna and Michel used the Sunday for a more technical museum. The Seaplane Museum exhibites various ships, sailing boats, bouys, a submarine and of course a seaplane. It also provides information about the military of Estonia of the last century and how their technique and defense strategy evolved. They were amazed how modern IT is already implemented to foster the visitors learning processes. Nearly every group of exhibits has an own monitor were a videos or some fotos are displayed in addition to a more detailled text or some simulators, too. More interested visitors were enabled sending information of the exhibition to their e-mail-addresses.

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Free Time in Tallinn

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After successfully finishing our first lectures at the TTU in Tallinn and the virtual classroom yesterday, we (Michel and Corinna) used our free time today to become more familiar with our partner’s city and the Estonian culture. We took a city tour bus and had some nice views on the president`s residence, the song festival ground, the nature around the city centre, and the harbour. Afterwards we visited the Estonian open-air museum with about 100 farmsteads, mills, an old school and a chapel from 1699. All these original buildings showed us, how life in last 2 centuries looked alike. It was quite impressive to see how life changed during this period.

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Knowledge Management session from Tallinn


Michel Rietze gives his presentation on Knowledge Management from Tallinn. The main points presented include:

  • Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning
  • Stairs of knowledge
  • SECI Model and
  • Knowledge Blocks

We would like to thank the students for their active work in groups during the session.

Just started the first session in Riga and Tallinn


Matthias Jung delivered his presentation in the Virtual Classroom from Riga and for Tallinn.

After an introduction of our Chair, participating lecturers and the course objectives and schedule, he talked about basics of:

  • Learning Theories
  • Formal/non-formal and informal learning
  • Social Learning and
  • Successful implementation of e-learning


Blended Learning 2014 – A new multinational VCL

Dear participating students and blog-followers,

We are happy to update our chair’s blog with current information on our academic exchange trip to Riga and Tallinn. The Lufthansa pilots‘ strike caused a rebooking of our flights but could not stop us.

for teaching mission anytime on the roads...
for teaching mission anytime on the roads…

After a long day of traveling, we have reached our final destinations. For the next week, Matthias and Wissam will be hosted by our partner Chair of Prof. Uldis Rozevskis at Latvjias Universitate Riga in Latvia. Corinna and Michel will be hosted by our partner Chair of Prof. Kuldar Taveter at the Technikaülikool Tallinn in Estonia. Starting tomorrow (Friday, 04.04.2014), the team will deliver eight lectures in parallel at both institutions.

Discussing innovative teaching arrangements still at the airport Berlin-Tegel
Discussing innovative teaching arrangements still at the airport Berlin-Tegel

We will continue reporting on this interesting experience in this blog.

Good night and CU tomorrow.
Corinna, Matthias, Wissam and Michel