Digital media offer enormous potential for education and training. The University of Applied Sciences Cologne (RFH), in collaboration with the Rheinische Akademie Köln GmbH, the Cologne Game Lab (TH Köln) and other partners, is developing a forward-looking didactic and technological training concept.

The project is sponsored by the European Social Fund and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the framework of the funding measure “Digital Media in Vocational Training”. The general management is in the hands of RFH Prof. Dr. Stefan Ludwigs (Project Manager). The funding period is for three years, until 2019.

GLARS (Goal-Based Learning in an Alternative Reality Setting) is a multimedia educational project for students training to become biological-technical assistants (BTA) at the Rheinischen Akademie Köln gGmbH (RAK). In a playful scenario merging school, the corporate world and home, students draw on various digital learning media, even producing some themselves.

The project partners’ core objective is to further link the training facility to the world of work and to impart application-oriented knowledge. This is done by directly integrating learning processes into a variety of real professional contexts.

The RFH is involved, among other things, in the field of scientifically-based testing of digital learning opportunities. According to RFH President Prof. Dr. Martin Wortmann, “The project means a great deal to us, since focusing on our students, it is important to provide them with new didactic concepts for a future-oriented education in a digital environment.”

Project leader Professor Dr. Stefan Ludwigs emphasizes that this project is intended to make a substantial scientific contribution to learning theory and didactic issues. The focus here is upon basic knowledge about the self-regulation of the learner as well as media-didactic aspects.