Institute for Web Science and Technologies · Universität Koblenz - Landau
Institute WeST
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Introduction to Web Science

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Winter Term 2013 / 2014

The lecture will be given as an UNMOOC - an UNusual Massive Open Online Course. A MOOC is "an online course aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the Web" (quote from Wikipedia). Usual MOOCs combine canned content (text, videos, etc.) with interactive, community-oriented feedback sessions. In contrast, our unusual MOOC targets the creation of open and evolving content with interactive, community-oriented feedback sessions.

Therefore, we have not chosen one of the existing or newly developing closed hosting environments for MOOCs, but we present the Introduction to Web Science-MOOC on Wikiversity using existing open and free educational resources and adding ourselves to the creative commons domain - not only for the purpose of the MOOC, but in order to add to knowledge about Web Science in general.

Join us! Learn! Add yourself!


Web science is not yet - and unlike topics like Introduction to Linear Algebra - a topic for hundreds of thousands of students. Thus, we do not strive for thousands of students but for networking students in this domain. The first two groups of students who will attend the course are students from Koblenz and students from Beirut, Lebanon.  We welcome new students from all over the world!

Administrative Issues for Students of University of Koblenz-Landau  

Introduction to Web Science is a lecture given in English that is:

  • mandatory for students of Web Science
  • can be taken as elective by master students and bachelor students of Informatik, Computervisualistik, Wirtschaftsinformatik and Information Management as a computer science lecture

Students of Web Science must take the lecture (4 hours per week) together with the tutorial/seminar (2 hours per week) for an overall amount of the module of 8 ECTS. The tutorial/seminar will be started some time during the term and will be finished with a block course after the term.

All other students can just take the course (4 hours per week and 6 ECTS) without the tutorial/seminar.

The course itself will have an in-class exam tentatively scheduled for Monday February 17,  4pm. 

Format of the Seminar

The seminar this year will assign to you the task of providing written material for the course. Each week is assigned to two students who do pair writting and critiquing. I.e. they split the work for writing and critique each other. The writing part consists of:

  1. A meaningful transcript of the video & audio. "meaningful" does not mean that it must or should be a 1:1 written recording of the audio, but it should tell in a well-understandable manner what is described in the lesson. Imagine to be author of a chapter of a book. Include examples. Think about how to make it attractive! Actually, we do consider to make this available as a free-for-all-book and you will be one of the authors!!!
  2. You will write this directly in the Wiki. Your buddy will critique you in the Wiki. For grading we will look at both, what you write and what constructive critique and improvements you will suggest. No suggestions for improvement are as bad as critique that is only blaming or as bad as only applauding.
  3. Consider the critique from your buddy and improve your part of the writing. Think about how to build a red thread between your predecessor writer and your follow-up writer.
  4. Think of further quiz questions that could make it into the book.

Writing could mean that you add material or that you leave material away. If you leave material out you need to give a reason to us. If you add material it should be nicely woven into your text. It is good practice to use a run-through example. 

Follow the prescribed template


We will assess your writing and critiquing for:

  1. Red thread throughout your part
  2. Connection to preceding and succeeding parts
  3. Clarity of thought
  4. Clarity of examples used
  5. Quality of suggestions
  6. Quality of English
  7. Quality of pointers given to videos and flipped classroom recordings (Use pointers like http://commons... minute 0:26-0:45 We may later turn them into hyperlinks into that very part of the video)
  8. Quality of pointers given to further references 
  9. Following the prescribed template for writing.


All students must adhere to the following time plan (weeks as relative to lesson worked up/assignment to this lesson):

  • Week 0-4: Writing chapter, version 1
  • End of week 4 (at the latest): Informing buddy, Rene, Nasir and me about delivery of your content
  • Week 4-6: Suggestions for improvements to buddy
  • End of week 6: Feedback by Nasir/Rene/Steffen
  • Week 6-8: Improving chapter writing, delivering version 2


  • 01 Ethernet
  • 02 Internet Protocol
  • 03 Transmission Control Protocol
  • 04 Domain Name System
  • 05 Hyper Text Transfer Protocol
  • 06 Xml Html Web Content
  • 07 Web Content
  • 08 Dynamic Web Content
  • 09 WWW vs Internet
  • 10 Structure Of The Web
  • 11 Structure Of The Web2
  • 12 Memes
  • 13 Memes2
  • 14 Search Engine Eco System
  • 15 Human Computing
  • 16 Recommendations
  • 17 Copyright
  • 18 Net Neutrality
  • 19 Trust
  • 20 Regulation of the Web