In the winter semester 2017 spaces was prototypically used and evaluated in a pilot project in different faculties of the TH Cologne.
The aim of the prototype was to implement learning-centered scenarios and to support the shift from teaching to learning also digitally. The prototype combined traditional forms of learning with a learning management system (Moodle or Ilias) with social learning using the Social Learning Environment (SLE) Spaces. According to the evaluation results, the usability and the functions of the SLE led to increased student activity and more visibility of the individual and group-related learning processes. The underlying teaching / learning concept and the developed Social Presence proved to be essential for the active participation of the students. The SLE supported the development of a knowledge community, the collaboration in the course and the self-directed learning according to the students.