In "OnlineLabs4All" citizen scientists supported the development of adaptive reusable interfaces for online labs.

online labs, experiments, ideas

The project overview

Area of Science: Technology and Computer Sciences
Location: independent of location
Used Devices: with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: computer with internet access or smartphone
Activities of citizen scientists: sharing ideas, testing online, other activities
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Project duration: 01.11.2014 - 31.10.2016
Time to join in: 01.04.2016 - 30.06.2016
Expenditure of time: varying, depending on the task (min. 1-3 h), e.g. measuring radioactivity (approx. 1-2 h)

Project objective

Online labs allow self-directed investigative learning and are available around-the-clock. They offer the possibility to perform lab experiments over the internet and therefore to try out theoretical concepts on real hardware. The novel environment simplifies collaborative working and allows exchanging experiences with other institutions.

The development of online labs is a highly complex task, which requires advanced programming skills. The open innovation project OnlineLabs4All aimed to ease this process with new tools and interfaces. Thus, lab experiments were going to be embedded on the basis of these newly developed interfaces. Furthermore age-dependent requirements on usability and accessibility of online labs had been researched.

How did citizen scientists participate?

2015 any lab developer, student, teacher, scientist and user was able to participate in the project. There were different ways to do so: On the project’s website existing online labs could be tested, new labs shared and new ideas spread. In 2016 teachers together with their pupils were invited  to create and test teaching material for the online labs.

What happened to the contributions of citizen scientists?

2015 users were able to test the existing labs and give feedback afterwards to contribute to advancements in user optimisation. The teaching materials created in 2016 should be used on a long term in school classes and are available also for other interested teachers.

The three best teachers, who submitted teaching materials with the highest scores from April until June, received money prizes for the class fund. The winner got a prize of € 1,500.--, the one coming in second place got € 1,000.-- and the one coming in third place got € 500.--.

Participating and supporting institutions


FH-Prof. Dr. (mult.) Michael Auer

DI (FH) Amir Mujkanovic

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