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

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Winter Term 2015 / 2016

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!




Important Dates:


  • Monday Feb 15th 10:00 - 12:00, room G 310
  • Review of the exam on April 5th between 2 and 4 pm in Rene's office.

2nd Exam:

  • Friday April 8th 08:00 - 10:00, room: D 239

Registration via KLIPS until April 5th


  • Monday noon to 2:00 pm, room B 016
  • Tuesday 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, room H 010
  • the first lecture will take place on Monday, October 26th at 10:00 an in room A 120 


  • every Thursday noon to 2:00 pm, room B 016
  • the first tutorial will take place on Thursday, October 29th at noon in room B 016



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.   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 (2 hours per week) for an overall amount of the module of 8 ECTS.

For the tutorial you must reach 60% of points during the semester and have at least once successfully presented your homework. If you have taken part in last years tutorials, you have to redo them this year and gain 60% of the points again.

The course itself will have an in-class exam.

Preparation Periods for the Flipped Classroom Sessions


Mailing list:

Some useful software used throughout the exercises

Some useful tutorials:




Part 2: Web Models

Part 3: Behavioral Models

Part 4: Web & Society

Summary of all lectures