Open online course to assess the effectiveness of SlideWiki by the CODE University of Applied Sciences

The second InfAI trial partner is the CODE University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. CODE is a state-recognized private institution offering Bachelor of Arts degrees in the areas of Product Management, Interaction Design and Software Engineering and was founded in 2017. The department of Product Management is on the mission of formalizing state-of-the-art product management methodologies and processes into a comprehensive, new scientific discipline. Another area of research is what they call “Education as a Product”. The goal is to figure out if the methods of product management can be utilized to improve academic teaching. CODE tried to evaluate the SlideWiki platform in the areas of higher education and community-driven open-education.

To assess the effectiveness of SlideWiki, the department of Product Management is offering to create an open online course based on content and experience of one of an on-premise classes. The subject is open for discussion with the consortium; the current preference is the intro to Product Management or the “How to Start a Startup” class. The course was scheduled to run for a total of three months. Started in August until October they will run a second cohort on-premise, inviting all newly admitted students to use the materials created for the SlideWiki evaluation in preparation for their first semester.

The Code University about SlideWiki

Our initial run was conducted during our summer term, mid-July to mid-September.

The product management course during this term consisted of 10 lectures, led by Marcus Mueller, former head of product at N26 and freelance lecturer at CODE University of Applied Sciences. It was a general introduction into the topics of product management based on the ABCD of Product Management: Analytics, Business Model, Coordination and Design Thinking. The class was held in person and was video recorded:









Slides for the class were prepared in advance using a collaborative approach:

  1. students were able to post questions from their project work
  2. slides were prepared by Marcus and the TAs
  3. Students added comments and requests for clarification
  4. Lecture was held and video recorded
  5. Video was posted to SlideWiki for archival purposes and follow up discussion

For the fall term we chose a different approach:

First, we installed a professional video study on our campus to create the content. We then authored an online video course which consisted of narrated and animated short videos as well as interviews of industry professionals.









The materials – both the video as well as the slides – were published in our local slidewiki instance and used by students for initial education as well as for test preparation. Instead of a traditional classroom scenario the courses were watched collectively in our lecture hall and content could be discussed afterwards with our TAs. However, the online only option quickly became more popular, in class participation dropped considerably.

After finishing the implementation of the described approach the results were evaluated and yielded quite useful insights what already worked really well and what would be recommended next steps to improve the solution even further. Being very satisfied with the overall system, most of the recommendations outlined in the final report only concern setup and usability.

Written by Prof. Dr. Roland Fassauer


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