Tiemann Chemistry      Education Lab



Kranz, J. & Tiemann, R. (2021). 

Multitouch-Learning-Books im Chemieunterricht. Analog-digitale Lernumgebung zu Feuer & Flamme mit Realexperimenten. Der mathematische und naturwissenschaftliche Unterricht MNU, 3, 240-245


In order to test a model for the design of inclusive chemistry lessons (MiC), an online environment on the subject of “fire & flame” was designed and evaluated with students of the 6th and 7th grades of different schools. The combination of real experiments, an interactive textbook and a paper-based research booklet results in a design that is characterized by references to motivational aspects, to self-regulated learning (SRL), to experiments and to the use of prompts, i. e. suggestions for cognitive, metacognitive, volitional and co-operative activities. It allows different paths to comparable results.

New Project

CreativeQuantum GmbH (Berlin-Adlershof) and T-CEL jointly develop possibilities to facilitate students' thinking with models in chemistry. 

The project implements the theory-driven virtual environment WebChem by CreativeQuantum GmbH, which enables students to actively interact with different levels of representation of chemical content. There, they can work individually or in groups on authentic problems at the molecular level through quantum-mechanically supported real-time simulations, acquire scientific and digital competencies, and experience their learning progress through immediate feedback processes. What role the design of the learning environment plays for the construction of individual or group shared mental models, and thus ultimately influences successful problem solving will be investigated in more detail by T-CEL. 


The project is funded by the BMBF as part of the implementation of the National Education Platform (NBP).





Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Tiemann

Head of the Chemistry Education Lab

The research program of the Tiemann Chemistry Education Lab has a strong commitment to knowledge acquisition by problem solving. In quantitative studies with technology based tools the focus is on describing, assessing and supporting  the fundamental mechanisms behind this process.  



"We only think when we are confronted with problems."

(John Dewey)



Combined with the use of experiments and the use of mental models to understand  core concepts of Chemistry, the research program empowers the Tiemann Chemistry Education Lab,   theory-driven and empirically, to investigate students' thinking individually or in classrooms. Alumni group members serve as Professors, for Science Outreach Organizations or as Chemistry Teachers.


In the winter term 2021/22,  courses will be offered entirely digitally.

Please check the administration system AGNES for exact times and conditions.


The Chemistry Education Lab at Humboldt-University serves more than 100 students at K-12 (Sekundarstufe) and primary level (Primarstufe) each year through a diverse portfolio of theoretical background knowledge and first practical learning experiences. 


From students for students (in german): Video


The professional learning program is designed to improve the skills and competencies in creating innovative learning environments and to learn first teaching experiences. Up to 10 students per year have the chance to finish their studies in T-CEL with a thesis (M.Ed.).


From students for students (in german): Video

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