The Collide research group (Collaborative Learning in Intelligent Distributed Environments) at the University of Duisburg-Essen forms part of the Department of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science within the Faculty of Engineering. The department offers study programs in applied computer science, computer engineering and interactive media technology, the latter in the form of an interdisciplinary B.Sc./M.Sc. program in “Applied Media and Communication Sciences”. In this framework, the research group Collide aims at developing distributed, intelligently supported environments for collaborative learning and knowledge management.
In the German research projects VIP-Net and KoPIWA, Collide has developed computational approaches as well as tools for the analysis of trends and social ties in professional communities and ensuing approaches to support the development of competencies for open innovation projects of the digital economy. Collide has been engaged in several European research projects in the area of Technology Enhanced Learning, among these in the European Network of Excellence Kaleidoscope with a focus on interaction analysis, especially social network analysis approaches for CSCL, learning process modelling and mobile learning.
Other research interests and expertise fields of the Collide group pursued in previous European research projects are: open distributed learning environments and ”collaborative mind tools” (DEMOS, NIMIS, DiViLab, SEED, COLDEX, CONNECT, SCY) and analysis, modelling, and intelligent support of collaborative learning processes (initiative on “Net-based Knowledge Communication in Groups” of the German Science Foundation DFG, ARGUNAUT).
In Go-Lab, UDE is involved in the development of the Go-Lab Infrastructure (WP4) and of the Go-Lab Portal (WP5). UDE will act as National Coordinator of the project’s implementation in Germany.
The Collide group has initiated and coordinated the EU project COLDEX on “Collaborative Learning and Distributed Experimentation”, an early attempt of bringing together ideas and approaches from CSCL and inquiry-based learning. COLDEX fostered the exchange and sharing of “emerging learning objects” (ELOs) in a student-researcher community around extra-curricular challenges, such as the triangulation of epicentres of earthquakes or the measurement of craters on the moon. These challenges were supported by generic tools and specific “digital experimentation toolkits”. Exchange of ELOs was facilitated by context aware indexing and similarity based retrieval mechanisms. The idea of emerging learning objects has later been taken up on a larger scale by the SCY project, in which Collide (together several other Go-Lab partners) participated.