Net Economy 2017: Winning Business Idea to be Developed in Sweden

100 students, 21 teams, and five universities: in Net Economy, students collaborate on an international, intercultural, and virtual basis. During their group efforts on a social media platform, teams need to work on a competitive business idea which is superior to other ideas. This is due to the fact that the winning team will be given the opportunity to participate in a workshop at Krinova Incubator & Science Park of Kristianstad University Sweden. E-Mama won this year’s contest. Their idea: platform users can sell or exchange children’s wear and toys online.

The team spent two intense days in Kristianstad and their stay was rounded off with an impressive pitch deck. Nael Alshowaikh (on the left) who is a student at South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, is allowed to continue with the project E-Mama at Krinova Incubator & Science Park for another six months after being granted a scholarship of Volksbank Hellweg and South Westphalia International Center for Entrepreneurship (SWICE).

The international winning team from Net Economy 2017.

“Zukunftslabor Einzelhandel Südwestfalen 2020“ on the Home Straight!

The research project “Zukunftslabor Südwestfalen 2020” funded by ERDF is approaching completion. With 2018 being the third and last funding year, it is time to take stock of the project: More than 600 participants took part in 20 free workshops so far, gaining new insights about website development, search engine optimization (SEO), social media, online advertising, local shopping platforms, brand strategy, or POS technology. Noteworthy: the intense four-hour sessions attracted unanimously positive responses from participating merchants and stakeholders. Average marks obtained by workshops held in 2018 were approximately 1.5 (with a scale from 1 – 5, and very satisfied – not satisfied at all, respectively). The positive feedback is confirmed by the fact that after getting in contact with “Zukunftslabor Südwestfalen 2020” 38% of all participants decided to take part in the project on a long-term basis. 

Comprehensive guidelines dealing with the aforementioned topics were also published and can be accessed on the webpage Detailed information on the EU-sponsored research project, the studies, and guidelines are made available on our webpage

Successful Doctorate at Soest Campus

Dr. Lars Michael Bollweg has earned his doctorate in July of 2018 and graduated magna cum laude in connection with his cumulative dissertation project coordinated by South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences (Prof. Weber) and TU Dortmund University (Prof. Lackes). Focusing on the digital transformation of stationary retail trade, Dr. Bollweg both identified the barriers and drivers for owners’ reluctant attitude towards digitalization and analyzed local shopping platforms also referred to as “digital service hubs”. His doctoral thesis can be accessed on the server of TU Dortmund University.

We congratulate Dr. Bollweg on this outstanding achievement!

EdMedia + Innovative Learning 2018 Conference in Amsterdam, NL

The team from CCEC Soest was deeply involved in the 2018 EdMedia + Innovative Learning conference (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, AACE) in Amsterdam. As a member of the executive committee, Prof. Dr. Weber supported the event while a number of staff members also presented their own research findings. Moreover, the CCEC team was in charge of recording the keynotes, which are now available on

Tinne De Laet (University of Lueven, Belgium) during her keynote.

Documentation of 23rd CCEC Workshop “Technology-driven Change”

The multimedia documentation of the 23rd CCEC workshop held on June 06, 2018 as part of the International Partner Days is now available. The following keynotes can be accessed:

  • Prof. Dr. Daniel Beverungen (Professor of Business Informatics, Paderborn University): “Smart Market2 –Digital Customer Experience in High Street Retail”
  • Dr. Bernard Sonnenschein (Head of Research &Data Science, InfluencerDB): “From Influencer Research and Analytics to Influencer Relationship Management”
  • William J. Wilhelm, Ed. D. (Professor Emeritus, Indiana State University): “Predictable Irrational Human Decision-Making”

Impressions from the cross-location International Partner Days at the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences can be found in this photo gallery , where additional pictures of the CCEC workshop are provided as well.

Photo: Nils Lenfers / FH SWF

VR Festival “Places”

What does virtual reality have in store for us? Interested parties were able to get in contact with the groundbreaking technology in a four-day event. Numerous startup companies took part in the VR-themed festival “Places” and researchers presented their findings in this field. The atmosphere was positive in general (especially at the interactive VR stations), albeit some critical voices were noticeable, too. Prof. Christopher Wickenden (Hochschule Fresenius) for instance stressed that taking a “critical” stance towards virtual reality and the recent storm of enthusiasm is imperative.

Besides listening to presentations and attending a hackathon, visitors and participants were free to try VR applications from different areas of expertise – some of them serving entertainment purposes (car race, haunted house) while others also comprised educational elements (e.g., human anatomy, or making patient care more efficient)

Talk: “Turning virtual experiences into real know how – Learning in VR/AR/MR from a competency perspective”

In the scope of the lecture series “Invited Talks”, Prof. Dr. Frank Schulte from the FOM in Essen gave a talk on the implementation of virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality within education.

The talk “Turning virtual experiences into real know how – Learning in VR/AR/MR from a competency perspective” was part of a course for BBA students and was held in English.

The main focus of the talk was on the didactical perspective of learning with VR/AR/MR, with a special interest in the competence construct. According to Schulte, this approach is essential to the conception and evaluation.

Here you can find a video of the talk:

Workshop during the DeLFI Conference in Chemnitz

In September 2017 there was a workshop during the DeLFI Conference of the expert group E-learning of the Board of Computer Science in Chemnitz. The workshop dealt with current developments, challenges, and trends towards teaching and learning scenarios with current technologies of VR and AR.
The CCEC employee Jennifer Beckmann and Kristina Schardt, employee of the ARSuL project partner ZWH, could gain insights into the growing field of teaching and learning by means of VR and AR technologies. Apart from exciting talks on various VR and AR research projects, participants have discussed in working groups the potentials, challenges, problems, and its possible applications.
All participants agreed that these new technologies provide great opportunities. “On that day, we could collect new ideas and gain new perspectives for the ARSuL project.”, they said.



Requirements Analysis Completed

The second workshop in cooperation with apprentices, foremen, journeymen, and managers from HVAC businesses completes the assessment of the requirements. During the workshop the HVAC craftsmen could get to know the technical possibilities in the fields of e-learning as well as VR and AR, and vice versa we learned how to generate solutions from the craftsmen’ perspective using the Disney Method. At the end of the day, Prof. Edwin Naroska (Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences) and Katharina Menke (CCEC) presented some ideas of the project teams. The next step is to merge the craftsmen’ feedback as well as the generated ideas for the main fields support and training, and to transfer it into a list of requirements.

ARSul Workshop

A CCEC staff member explains the Web Based Training.

Trying out Augmented and Virtual Reality

Within ARSuL, the work of the CCEC in Soest focuses on the learning component of the project. However, to conceive the use of VR or AR in the context of learning and in particular to create a didactic concept, the technical possibilities must be known. Therefore, the CCEC employees Jenifer Beckmann and Katharina Menke visited the project partner Hochschule Niederrhein, who provided some VR and AR devices for testing. The employees experienced the possibilities and limitations of the HTC-Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, Google Daydream, etc. They are now able to use this experience within their own concepts.

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