BOKU at Future Learning Lab opening

On 18.10. In 2017, at the opening of the Future Lab of the Center for Learning Technology and Innovation (ZLI) in Vienna, an interactive online laboratory "Cyberlab" developed at the BOKU, Department of Chemistry, VIRIS Laboratory and an interactive "wood mass spectrometer" were presented as innovative teaching and learning concepts.

On 18.10.2017, the Future Lab Vienna of the Center for Learning Technology and Innovation (ZLI) was officially opened by the Minister for Family and Youth Sophie Karmasin and the Minister of Education Sonja Hammerschmid. The is a cooperation project of University College of Teacher Education (PH Vienna), and the Association for the Promotion of Digital Educational Services, which was initiated and commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry for Families and Youth.

For this purpose, DI Dr. Andreas Zitek, MSc from BOKU, VIRIS Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, was invited to present innovative teaching and learning concepts in blended learning design, which were developed within the Sparkling Science project CSI: TRACE your FOOD! and comprehensively tested with students and teachers.

On the one hand, a concept for interactive virtual collaboration in research and teaching ("BOKU Science TV") and, on the other hand, a concept for the interactive communication of plasma-based mass spectrometry for the purpose of food provenancing (online "cyberlab", wooden mass spectrometer, experience of one discarded mass spectrometer using augmented reality).

The FFL provides a learning space for educators where they can try out and learn the familiar and ingenuous use of digital media and tools. But also (elementary) school students are also welcome to try out digital teaching scenarios.

The Future Learning Lab (FLL) follows a pedagogical and didactic conception of EUN Schoolnets and the project "Classroom of the Future". The study rooms provide a learning environment for learning and teaching digital skills and are an important measure of the PH Vienna in the implementation of the initiative "School 4.0" of the Federal Ministry of Education (BMB).

 The offer at FLL includes:

  • Counseling and supervision by trained teaching staff
  • Two fully equipped study rooms for the development of digital competences modeled on the Future Classroom Labs of various locations in Europe
  • a shielded laboratory for working with augmented reality and virtual reality elements
  • Recording equipment for easy use in language teaching
  • Testing of learning technologies from various manufacturers (whiteboards, tablets, ...)
  • Robots and software for implementing School 4.0
  • Measuring instruments and software for teaching science in primary and secondary education
  • Support in the implementation of 21st Century Skills

Based on the great success at the opening, on 23.11. and 25.11. at the Interpädagocica in Salzburg, DI Dr. Andreas Zitek, MSc, BOKU, Department of Chemistry, VIRIS Lab, together with Dr. Ing. Ilka Prowatke from the Franziskaner Gymnasium Tirol will demonstrate the concept of online collaboration between school and university on the basis of the determination of chemical soil parameters in blended learning design with online-based web conferencing and Google Fusion Tables ("BOKU Science TV").

These activities are also related to the e-learning and didactic 4.0 concept of BOKU, which is currently being developed and implemented (see BOKU Magazine 2/2017). We are very happy about the great interest and the mutual inspiration.


Press information: Hammerschmid and Karmasin open Future Learning Lab Vienna 

Opening of the Future Learning Lab Wien - Innovative learning space for supporting the digitalization strategy „School 4.0“ 

Future Learning Lab 

CyberLab – interactive online mass spectrometry for food authentication

Sparkling Science Projekt CSI: TRACE your FOOD! 

Top Citizen Science Projekt IsoPROTECT: Isotope map of Austria


VIRIS Laboratory of Analytical Ecogeochemistry 

BOKU Education Development Unit, Division of E-Learning and Didactics of New Modes of Teaching and Learning