Projects of the Design Lab

On this page we present various projects of the Design Lab.


Virtuelle Ringvorlesung Design

DURATION: 4/2020 – 2/2021

The “Virtuelle Ringvorlesung Design“ is a lecture series on Design that takes place entirely online and was first held in the summer semester of 2020. Each semester there are six lectures by different guest speakers on the topic of digital design and the creation of visual worlds. These include for example photography and illustration but also social design and service design.

The project was initiated by Prof. Katja Becker, Professor for Media and Interface Design, from the Department of Computer Science and Communication at the Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen.


Urbane Xtopien (Urban Xtopias)

DURATION: 4/2020 – 4/2023

What are desirable ideas about the urban future? How would we imagine the future? A research consortium is developing and testing a tool that gives people new perspectives on the large-scale urban transformation. How can people be empowered to participate in the debate on how we want to live – or do not want – in the city of the future? How can we encourage them to question the paths they have taken and to participate in the development and implementation of a major urban transformation? In order to initiate a new, meaningful debate about the various possible futures, the research project develops ‚Xtopias‘ as innovative tools.

The project “Urban Xtopias – Open Spaces of the Future“ is funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung over a period of three years and consists of a research association with seven partners, including the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Transition Town Eberwalde, and the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. The German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) manages the network together with the University of Kassel.


Designing Academic Curricula for the Digital World

DURATION 10-2020 – 09-2022

How can issues of digital transformation be integrated into a higher education curriculum in computer science? What does contemporary teaching and learning look like and which competencies, methods and contents should be in the focus? Can project-based and research-based teaching and learning help to enable graduates to think in problem-solving systems? Over the next two years, a project team at the Westfälische Hochschule will develop a viable concept for „media informatics of the future“ as well as an implementation strategy. This includes the expansion or restructuring of modules and course contents, which are to be taught in a more thematically and context-related manner. A focus on research, visualization and evaluation methods and the anchoring of interface competencies such as creativity and critical thinking are also part of this strategy.

The „Curriculum 4.0 NRW – Designing Academic Curricula for the Digital World“ funding project is being financed by the NRW Ministry of Culture and Science in cooperation with the Stifterverband für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Innovation (Donors‘ Association for Education, Science and Innovation) and the „Digital University NRW“ for a period of two years and will be developed in a team under the direction of Prof. Becker and Prof. Gerken.


International student project GIPE ("Global Intercultural Project Experience")

DURATION 2020 – 2023

GIPE is a DAAD-funded project that will enable an international and intercultural project experience for students of the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences (WH) and the three partner universities in Namibia, Peru and Indonesia from 2020-2023. In 2021, five different projects were developed and implemented by mixed teams from four countries for the Indonesian client Puspanita Eco-Spirit Center. In addition to the work on the actual projects, a Spring School took place and the focus was on international exchange and intercultural cooperation.

In 2021, Prof. Katja Becker took over the project lead of the international student project „Educational Game“ and was the local coordinator of the German DAAD scholarship holders.

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