Blending Classroom, Collaborative, and Individual Learning Using Backstage 2

  • Sebastian MaderEmail author
  • François Bry
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 804)


Seminars are difficult and therefore often neglected classes in STEM education even though they greatly contribute to the students’ scientific maturity. Seminars are a traditional educational format blending classroom, collaborative, and individual learning: Seminar participants are tasked to discover, understand, and convey a scientific or technical issue to the other seminar attendees in an essay and in an oral presentation engaging them into a fruitful discussion. Seminars are rightly considered a cornerstone of STEM education, yet they are often frustrating experiences for both learners and teachers due to insufficient supervision and practice. This article reports on using Backstage 2, a web platform that, by offering a virtual space and tools for a fruitful communication, bridges classroom, collaborative, and individual learning activities. The contribution of this article is threefold: First, a class format aimed at boosting collaboration in seminars, second, technological tools supporting collaboration among seminar attendees, and third, an evaluation of the approach demonstrating its effectiveness.


Online learning environments Blended learning Peer review Computer-supported collaborative learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for InformaticsLudwig-Maximilian University of MunichMunichGermany

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