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come_IN – Interkulturelles Lernen mittels computergestützter Projektarbeit

Duration: 2005-2008, since 2009 (Universität Siegen)

Sponsorship: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Contact person: Dipl.-Journ. Anne WeibertDipl.-Wirt.Inform. Konstantin Aal

Learning by doing is the basic concept for all activities in the intercultural come_IN computer clubs – with the computer being at the center. It constitutes the central tool to work, learn and play with in the collaborative project activities in the club. Children and adult participants decide on project topics together, and then plan and put these into practice in the club’s weekly meetings.

The basic idea of come_IN: By means of this collaborative project work of children and adults from different cultural, social and economical backgrounds, cross-cultural understanding and respect is fostered in the intercultural neighborhood, and ultimately the formation of a lively and engaged local community. The computer-based project activities foster learning, the acquisition of language skills, and identity building.

With this, the work of the come_IN computer clubs builds on principles of practice-based, constructionist learning that has been established in computer clubhouses in the US since 1993 by researchers of the MIT Media Lab. These clubhouses address the disadvantaged inner city youth, opening up learning opportunities and the chance to be creative and develop IT skills. The come_IN computer clubs develop this concept further by applying it to the intercultural and intergenerational neighborhood context.



Anne Weibert, Konstantin Aal, Andrea Marshall, Volker Wulf (2016) Facilitating STEAM Learning among Children with Paper Circuit Activities, FabLearn Europe, pdf

Anne Weibert, Mary-Ann Sprenger, Dave Randall, Volker Wulf (2016) Lifecycles of Computer Clubs: Rhythms and Patterns of Collaboration and Learning in an Intercultural Setting, Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Supporting Group Work, p. 137-147, New York, NY, USA: ACM, url, doi:10.1145/2957276.2957306

Konstantin Aal, Marios Mouratidis, Anne Weibert, Volker Wulf (2016) Challenges of CI Initiatives in a Political Unstable Situation -Case Study of a Computer Club in a Refugee Camp, doi:10.1145/2957276.2996281

Markus Rohde, Konstantin Aal, Kaoru Misaki, Dave Randall, Anne Weibert, Volker Wulf (2016) Out of Syria: Mobile Media in Use at the Time of Civil War, International Journal of Human Computer Interaction 32(7), p. 515-531, url, doi:10.1080/10447318.2016.1177300


Oliver Stickel, Dominik Hornung, Konstantin Aal, Markus Rohde, Volker Wulf (2015) 3D Printing with Marginalized Children - An Exploration in a Palestinian Refugee Camp, ECSCW 2015: Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 19-23 September 2015, Oslo, Norway, Nina Boulus-Rødje, Gunnar Ellingsen, Tone Bratteteig, Margunn Aanestad, Pernille Bjørn (ed.), p. 83-102, Springer, url, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-20499-4_5

Anne Weibert, Konstantin Aal, Thomas von Rekowski, Volker Wulf (2015) "Hey, can we make that, please?": Upon Craft as a Means for Cross-cultural Community-Building, The Journal of Community Informatics 11(2), url

Jennifer A Rode, Anne Weibert, Andrea Marshall, Konstantin Aal, Thomas von Rekowski, Houda El Mimouni, Jennifer Booker (2015) From Computational Thinking to Computational Making, Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, p. 239-250, New York, NY, USA: ACM, url, doi:10.1145/2750858.2804261

Konstantin Aal, Thomas von Rekowski, George Yerousis, Volker Wulf, Anne Weibert (2015) Bridging (Gender-Related) Barriers: A Comparative Study of Intercultural Computer Clubs, Proceedings of the Third Conference on GenderIT, p. 17-23, New York, NY, USA: ACM, url, doi:10.1145/2807565.2807708

Anne Weibert (2015) When Ideas Learn How to Fly: Crossing Cultural Boundaries with Geocaching Project Work, Lightning Talk at re:publica 2015


Anne Weibert, Andrea Marshall, Konstantin Aal, Kai Schubert, Jennifer Rode (2014) Sewing Interest in E-Textiles: Analyzing Making from a Gendered Perspective, Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems - DIS '14, p. 15-24, New York, New York, USA: ACM Press, url, doi:10.1145/2598510.2600886

Thomas von Rekowski, Alexander Boden, Oliver Stickel, Dominik Hornung, Gunnar Stevens (2014) Playful, collaborative approaches to 3D modeling and 3D printing, Mensch & Computer: Tagungsband, Andreas Butz, Michael Koch, Johann H Schlichter (ed.), p. 363-366, De Gruyter Oldenbourg, url

Konstantin Aal, George Yerousis, Kai Schubert, Dominik Hornung, Oliver Stickel, Volker Wulf (2014) Come_in@Palestine: Adapting a German Computer Club Concept to a Palestinian Refugee Camp, Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Conference on Collaboration Across Boundaries: Culture, Distance & Technology, p. 111-120, New York, NY, USA: ACM, url, doi:10.1145/2631488.2631498

Oliver Stickel, Dominik Hornung, Volkmar Pipek, Volker Wulf (2014) Come_IN: Expanding Computer Clubs Towards Tinkering and Making, Workshop on "Teaching to Tinker" at NordiCHI 2014., url


Volker Wulf, Konstantin Aal, Ibrahim Abu Kteish, Meryem Atam, Kai Schubert, Markus Rohde, George Yerousis, David Randall (2013) Fighting against the wall: Social media use by political activists in a Palestinian village, Proceedings of CHI '13, p. 1979-1988, url, doi:10.1145/2470654.2466262

Benjamin Pick (2013) Aneignungsunterstützung durch die Integration spielerischer Elemente in eine Onlineplattform für interkulturelle Computerclubs, pdf

Anne Weibert, Thomas Von Rekowski, Volker Wulf (2013) Informatik erschließen: Ein curricularer Ansatz für Mädchen, Informatik-Spektrum 36(3), p. 230-241, doi:10.1007/s00287-013-0696-x

Kai Schubert, Konstantin Aal, Volker Wulf, Anne Weibert (2013) Come_IN@Palestine: Adapting a German Computer Club Concept to a Palestinian Refugee Camp, CSCL 2013 Vol.II, ISLS

Anne Weibert, Konstantin Aal, Kai Schubert (2013) When Ideas Learn How to Fly: Children at the Intersection of Formal and Informal Learning Settings, CSCL 2013 Vol.II, ISLS.


Konstantin Aal (2012) Erweiterung der sozialen Plattform come_NET um einen kindgerechten Artefakt Austausch (Diplomarbeit), pdf


come IN Projektteam (2011) come IN – Netzwerk interkultureller Computerclubs. Ein Projektbuchhandbuch

Anne Weibert, B. Sander, Kai Schubert (2011) Upon the Role of the Teacher in the Informal Learning Setting of an Intercultural Computer Club

Mary-Ann Sprenger (2011) Gestaltungsperspektiven einer Online-Community-Plattform zur Vernetzung von Computerclubs

Kai Schubert, Gregor Stuhldreier, Volker Wulf (2011) come_IN: Interkulturelle Computerclubs zur Förderung von Integrationsprozessen, Informatik-Spektrum 34(3), p. 286-294, Springer-Verlag, doi:10.1007/s00287-010-0437-3

Kai Schubert, Anne Weibert, Volker Wulf (2011) Locating computer clubs in multicultural neighborhoods: How collaborative project work fosters integration processes, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 69(10), p. 669-678, Academic Press, url, doi:10.1016/j.ijhcs.2010.12.007


Anne Weibert, Volker Wulf (2010) "All of a sudden we had this dialogue...": Intercultural computer clubs’ contribution to sustainable integration, Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Intercultural collaboration - ICIC '10, p. 93-102, url, doi:10.1145/1841853.1841868

Anne Weibert, Kai Schubert (2010) How the Social Structure of Intercultural Computer Clubs Fosters Interactive Storytelling, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, p. 368-371, New York, NY, USA: ACM, url, doi:10.1145/1810543.1810616


Kai Schubert (2009) First Steps: Social and Technical Implications Establishing a Mesh Network Within an Inter-cultural Community, Proceedings of the 2009 International Workshop on Intercultural Collaboration, p. 305-308, New York, NY, USA: ACM, url, doi:10.1145/1499224.1499283

Matthias Korn, Michael Veith (2009) Learning support through scaffolding collaborative project work, Proceedings of the 9th international conference on Computer supported collaborative learning - Volume 2, p. 73-75

Anne Weibert, Matthias Korn, Thomas von Rekowski, Kai Schubert (2009) How come_IN computer clubs may foster collaboration in an intercultural neighborhood, Workshop on Culture and Technologies for Social Interaction at INTERACT, pdf

Anne Weibert (2009) How the design of the OLPC XO-1 may support the social structure of an intercultural community, Workshop on Community Practices and Locative Media at MobileHCI

Kai Schubert (2009) Social-Technical Implications Establishing a Mesh Network within an Inter-Cultural Neighborhood, Workshop on Community Practices and Locative Media at MobileHCI, pdf


Kai Schubert, Michael Veith, Gunnar Stevens, Volker Wulf (2008) Spielerisches Konstruieren im virtuellen Medium: Digitale Baukästen in interkulturellen Computer Clubs, Navigationen 8(1), p. 103-121, pdf

Michael Veith, Kai Schubert, Volker Wulf (2008) Fostering communities in urban multi-cultural neighbourhoods: some methodological reflections, Urban Informatics: Community Integration and Implementation., Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


Michael Veith, Kai Schubert, Thomas von Rekowski, Volker Wulf (2007) Working in an Inter-Cultural Computer Club: Effects on Identity and Role Affiliation, IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet 5(2), p. 100-112

Michael Veith, Kai Schubert, Volker Wulf (2007) come_IN: Identity and Role Affiliation mediated by an Inter-Cultural Computer Club, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Society 2007, July 3-6, p. 144-151


Michael Veith (2006) come_IN: Die Integration von türkisch-stämmigen Deutschen am Beispiel eines misch-kulturellen Computerclubs (Masterarbeit), pdf


Gunnar Stevens, Michael Veith, Volker Wulf (2005) Bridging among ethnic communities by cross-cultural communities of practice, Proceedings of the 2nd Communities and Technologies Conference, C and T 2005(June), p. 377-396, doi:10.1007/1-4020-3591-8-20


Gunnar Stevens, Michael Veith, Volker Wulf (2003) Come_In: Using Computers to Foster the Integration of Migrant Communities, ACM SIGGROUP Bulletin 24(3), p. 66-72