Moby Dig

Transnational mobility & interdisciplinary STEM modules in the digital era

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allocation to cluster: 
eLearning modules in chemistry as open educational resources
blended learning, flipped classroom
Modernised eLearning concept and mobility concept with integrated Intensive Study Prorgrammes (ISPs)
innovation in higher education
digitization in teaching
transnational course in biomaterials and chemistry

funded by:
EU programme Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships
149.805 EUR
exclusion of liability:
“The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”
National agency for the Erasmus+ Programm: German Academic Exchange Service

leading organisation:
Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg

partner organisation:
Luleå University of Technology
University of Oulu

project duration:
01.09.2016 - 31.08.2019

project contents and results:
Moby Dig developed an innovative concept for STEM field courses, exemplarily for an chemistry course application, using a combination of the newest (ICT) technologies/methodologies and international blended mobility in form of virtual mobility and Intensive Study Programmes (ISPs). This education and training idea consisted of a blended learning concept in a flipped classroom variant and includeed a great variety of study modes as e.g. part-time, distance, modular learning as well as virtual and physical mobility. Moby Dig additionally generated a sustainable and transferable learning concept to increase attractivity of STEM field courses/modules. The students can flexibly learn the online course content in their individual preferred learning speed, time and place, whereas the virtual classrooms serve as for example discussion rounds/Q&A-sessions, time for group/project work or exchange of experiences. The embedded mobility (ISPs), enable an increased level of hands-on experiences, offer a direct knowledge transfer to real applications and provide an interactive learning environment. Moby Dig exploits the transformational benefits of the ICTs in the international and interdisciplinary cooperation as well as integrates the usage and production of OERs. Thus, besides gaining scientific knowledge in a new and exciting way, this course concept allows the acquirement of transversal and employability skills, important for the labour market. Especially in modern times, the process of internationalisation with its corresponding achievement of employability skills as intercultural awareness and tolerance gains a greater importance than usual. Another benefit of Moby Dig is, that not only the students profit from this modernisation, but also the teaching staff has the opportunity to pursue their professional development in transversal skills.

status of the project:
The implementation phase, which contains the two pilot phases is completed. Each pilot phase included the nine week blended chemistry course with previous Joint Staff Training Events and Intensive Study Programmes after the online course. The Moby Dig concept, the results of the project and the e-learning modules in chemistry were presented as open source during the multiplier event on august 30th 2019.

link to the transnational blended learning course and e-learning modules in biomaterials and chemistry:
general course information

intensive study programme ISP:
parallel in Karlsruhe, Oulu and Luleå

course content Karlsruhe:
essential ideas of atoms, molecules, ions, electronic structure and periodic properties of elements, chemical bonding and molecular geometry, gases, acid-base equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, representative metals, metalloids and nonmetals and nuclear chemistry

virtual reality laboratory Karlsruhe:
application of chemistry content in the 3D virtual reality laboratory
the students have the opportunity to gain a more interactive, three-dimensional perspective in chemistry learning and understanding
the extended configuration of the 3D virtual reality (VR) laboratory with 3D VR tools enables hands-on learning of chemical structures/reactions/mobility of e.g. molecules in a 3D interactive environment
it includes the zSpace equipment, which facilitates the understanding of the 3D structure/complexity and allows interactive group work to for example generate/design new models or reaction types, which can be shared with other
groups or in the virtual classroom by presenting it online with the so called zView software.

course content Luleå:
Aspects and the practise of ecodesign with embedded energy, LCA, corporate responsibility, design parameter theory and simple composite model theory. All of these contributing to the evaluation and selection biomaterials.
After successful completion the students will be able to:

  • Describe and classify different biobased polymers and natural fibres and suitable manufacturing methods for these biobased materials using current scientific literature.
  • Show how current scientific literature on biobased polymers and fibres, appropriate design parameters and models are used in material selection
  • Integrate embodied energy or other eco impact assessments in biomaterial selection process including being able to use the eco-design process to draw conclusion on the merits of different materials in applications
  • Explain organic chemistry fundamentals, basic concepts and terminology and use them for the description of organic chemistry phenomena.
  • Name organic structures, explain their properties, deduce basic reaction types and explain their mechanisms.
  • Explain several chemical applications in process and environmental technology. In particular, the student will be able to demonstrate novel applications in which chemistry is used.
  • Understand and explain chemical reactions and bonding, display formulas
  • Remember and identify material categories, classify their effects
  • Transfer knowledge to/from other disciplines and select and use appropriate methods and tools in these different disciplines as well gain further digital skills
  • Use new information sources, independently deepen knowledge and reflect over skills level and knowledge in order to increase this were necessary
  • Coordinate work within groups of national and international, interdisciplinary students and take opportunities to establish their own international network and so doing communicate in a foreign language with greater competence and raise intercultural competence

course content Oulu:

  • Some organic chemistry fundamentals, basic concepts and terminology
  • Naming and classification of organic compounds
  • Basic reactions of alcohols, ethers and carbohydrates
  • Natural polysaccharides: modification and utilization in various applications
  • Group work (including presentation and evaluation of the other group works): o Preparation of biofuels from biomass, o Preparation of adsorbents from starch, o Novel method for preparation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural from biomass or o Preparation of bio-plastics from biomass

learning outcomes Oulu:

  • After successful completion the students will be able to:
  • identify and draw organic compounds
  • provide the IUPAC name for some organic compounds
  • classify alcohols
  • explain the properties of alcohols and ethers
  • discuss the reactions of alcohols and ethers
  • recognize functional groups that are present in monosaccharides
  • classify carbohydrates to mono- di, oligo- and polysaccharides
  • identify the structural difference between following polymers: amylose, amylopectin, cellulose and glycogen
  • discuss the basic reactions of monosaccharides
  • discuss the reactions of starch and cellulose such as hydrolysis, estherification and etherification
  • know how and why to use biomass in different applications
  • In addition to comprehend to the theory, the idea of the project work is to enhance groupworking skills, social skills, planning skills, the ability to explore information and interpret found information, presentation and reporting skills, responsibility taking and knowledge about the biomaterial applications.

Timetable ISP Karlsruhe
Timetable ISP Luleå
Timetable ISP Oulu

Karlsruhe: 5 ECTS in paper technology
Oulu: 5 ECTS
Luleå: 7,5 ECTS

selection of participants:
The selection of participants among the students was carried out by the respective partner institutions in different ways.

selection of participants Karlsuhe:
At the DHBW Karlsruhe, a total of 24 students, who make up the entire cohort of a year in the paper technology course, were informed about the „Moby Dig Project" in a preliminary class. A total of 12 places were available to them for the ISP at the three partner institutions and a total of 12 students decided to take part in the course. Only with the help of a lottery was it decided which of the three institutions the individual students would go to.

selection of participants Oulu:
Student selection criteria for the Transnational course in Biomaterial and Chemistry (TCBC) in Oulu: Oulu students selected for the course must be either bachelor or master’s degree students at the chemistry degree programme. If necessary, after the first enrolment, application process is continued to the second phase. In that stage students have to write an application where they answer for the following questions: • Why are you applying for a course? • How can you commit on the course during the academic year? During the academic year 1718 course contains online period 28.9-8.12.2017 and intensive study program 6-15.4.2018. • What is the status of your studies? • Other important information. After online course students are selected for the ISPs. To be eligible to apply ISP position, the applicant must satisfy the following conditions: 1. The applicant has started TCBC course in autumn. 2. The applicant is able to travel either to Karslruhe, Germany and to Luleå, Sweden during the course ISP.

selection of participants Luleå:
At Luleå university the selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test. In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and have documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Mathematics 3c (specifik entry A8). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Physics B, Chemistry A, Mathematics D (specifik entry 8)

Additional course information:

application deadline:

project websites of our partners:
University of Oulu
Luleå University of Technology

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project coordinator:
DHBW Karlsruhe

project team DHBW:

project coordinator of DHBW Karlsruhe
Prof. Dr. Marcus Hoffmann
telephone: +49.721.9735-871

project members of DHBW Karlsruhe
Prof. Dr. Jukka-Pekka Valkama (project management)
telephone: +49.721.9735-839

project members of DHBW Karlsruhe
Sonja Heinemann (project management)
telephone: +49.721.9735-832

project team Luleå University of Technology:

project members of Luleå University of Technology
Birgit Stöckel

project members of Luleå University of Technology
Kristiina Oksman

project members of Luleå University of Technology
Linn Berglund

project team University of Oulu:

project members of University of Oulu
Ulla Lassi

project members of University of Oulu
Matti Niemelä

project members of University of Oulu
Johanna Kärkkäinen