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Prof. Dr. M. Jarke
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Research field Advanced Community Information Systems (ACIS)
Funding EU FP7 ICT IP Project
Start date 2009/02/01
End date 2013/01/31
Status completed
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Responsive Open Learning Environments - EU FP7 ICT IP Project



ROLE's cross-disciplinary innovations will deliver and test prototypes of highly responsive TEL environments, offering breakthrough levels of effectiveness, flexibility, user-control and mass-individualisation. Our work also advances the state-of-the-art in human resource management, self-regulated and social learning, psycho-pedagogical theories of adaptive education and educational psychology, service composition and orchestration, and the use of ICT in lifelong learning. Significant benefits arise for learners, their communities, employers, TEL developers and society.

ROLE offers adaptivity and personalization in terms of (1) content and navigation and (2) the entire learning environment and its functionalities. This approach permits individualization of the components, tools, and functionalities of a learning environment, and their adjustment or replacement by existing web-based software tools. Learning environment elements can be combined to generate (to mashup) new components and functionalities, which can be adapted by lone learners or collaborating learners to meet their own needs and to enhance the effectiveness of their learning. This empowers each user to generate new tools and functions according to their needs, and can help them to establish a livelier and personally more meaningful learning context and learning experience.

ROLE's generic framework uses an open source approach, interoperable across software systems and technology. Hence any tool created by an individual is available from a pool of services and tools to all learners via the Internet, no matter which learning environment, operating system, or device they use, and which subject matter they learn.

The consortium consists of world-renowned experts covering all required pedagogical and technical competencies. Respective activities have been defined to bring the results of ROLE to the targeted international markets in higher education and corporate training.

Examples for videos produced by ROLE

Why you should use ROLE The ROLE SDK The ROLE Self-Regulated Learning Process

ROLE Community

Join the ROLE Community Outreach Program now! Visit us at LinkedIn Group ROLE and become a member of our community.

ROLE implements an extensive community outreach programme to involve as many researcher, developer and user communities as possible world-wide. ROLE strives to stimulate these communities to open up closed learning environments by providing respective learning services, we understand the programme as a cornerstone of the project. It is therefore deeply anchored in the proposed R & D process. We use Web 2.0 means like the LinkedIn group to facilitate the communication and collaboration among the diverse communities. In ROLE we target decentralized ways of learning, more suited to a Web 2.0 point of view, in which each learner can select her own learning tools, choose her own learning tasks and explore different learning practices. ROLE facilitates large communities which will be studied from a joint personal learning and Web 2.0 point of view. The overwhelming complexity of solutions to every imaginable combination requires us to ask the ROLE communities for help and support in designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating upcoming ROLE solutions.

Research Topics

  • Personal Learning Environments
  • Social Software and Web 2.0
  • Social Requirements Engineering within large communities
  • Social Network Analysis


  • Fraunhofer FIT (Coordinator)
  • RWTH Aachen University (Vice Coordinator, Technical Lead, Community Outreach)
  • Technical University of Graz
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • University of Koblenz
  • Uppsala University
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • University of Leicester
  • Open University UK
  • Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration
  • Festo Lernzentrum Saar GmbH
  • imc AG
  • British Institute for Learning and Development
  • E-Learning Lab of Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Zentrum für Soziale Innovation
  • U&I Learning


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Project Publications

Stefaan Ternier, Maren Scheffel, Ralf Klamma, Katherine Maillet, Wolfgang Nejdl, Martin Wolpers

In Memoriam: Martin Wolpers, PhD 1969-2016

IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies 9 (2), p. 106. DOI:10.1109/TLT.2016.2572918.

Dominik Renzel, Ralf Klamma, Milos Kravcik, Alexander Nussbaumer

Tracing Self-Regulated Learning in Responsive Open Learning Environments

Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Web-based Learning ICWL 2015, Guangzhou, China, November 5-8, 2015, LNCS 9412, Springer, pp. 155-164

Zinayida Petrushyna (Kensche), Ralf Klamma, Milos Kravcik

On Modeling Learning Communities

Design for Teaching and Learning in a Networked World. Proceedings 10th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2015, Toledo, Spain, September 15–18, 2015. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 9307, pp. 254-267.

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