PhysikOnline brings physics to the web

PhysikOnline is an organization at the physics faculty of Goethe University. It is tightly connected with the Institute of Theoretical Physics and it's administration. The special feature of PhysikOnline is that it is purely driven by students (scientific assistants) without the direct influence of professors. The team consists of about 10 students developing and maintaining several projects for students and scientists in science and in particular in physics. As the common language around students here in Frankfurt, Germany is German, most of our services are written in German. Anyway this page shall give you an overview about what we do and what services are probably also interesting for you as a scientist with a foreign origin.

The vision of PhysikOnline

We believe that every student should have the opportunity to participate in shaping their time at the University. We therefore strive to enhance the experience of being a student at the Goethe University by developing and maintaining several projects, websites and services including an eLearning Platform for Physics students, a collaborative CAS-System and a video platform targeted at students interested in science related topics.

All of our programs and websites are completely open-source, we even discuss problems and future ideas in an open and for everyone accessible way.

The main services of PhysikOnline

As our main and most important project (hence the same name) the ILIAS driven platform for physics professors and students has become the main place for all eLearning material. Here students can download scripts, enter exercise-groups and ask questions in forums. For physics professors it is the ideal place to upload their documents and inform their students. This website allows you to display the user interface in English.

POKAL is an acronym for (in German) PhysikOnline's collaborative Work- and Learnplatform. Here students and of course everyone interested can work together with co-students on one document like a protocol for one's last experiment while chatting with each other in an LATEX-enabled chat-system. This website is also largely localized so you can use it in English.

The newest addition to PhysikOnline's project-list is a Video-platform targeted especially at students interested in science. We interview professors, show our audience laboratories and experiments and introduce them to new science-related topics such as new developments by research-groups. The name RiedbergTV comes from the science-campus Riedberg at the Goethe University. This projects is being funded by the SeLF-Program (student-eLearning-Fond) which finances different projects at the Goethe University. All our videos are in German language if we did not interview an english-speaking professor.

Most links used by students and professors at the Goethe University are quite long, so we developed and startet an URL-Shortener which only shortens links which are relateted to the Goethe University (have uni-frankfurt.de as their main domain). People using these shortlinks can be certain that the destination will be safe to use. The service is build upon YOURLS.

Partners of PhysikOnline

As developing and maintaining these projects takes a lot of time and effort we are very grateful to be able to offer our teamembers HiWi-Contracts (which usually consist of ~40h/month). The money is being provided for several years in a row by the Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITP) at the University and the FIAS (Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Science). In addition we have won for RiedbergTV as well as POKAL three SeLF-Rounds (lasting one year) in total.

The PhysikOnline team

Our team consist of 6+5 students (6 working on the more technical projects and 5 on RiedbergTV) coming from four different backgrounds (physics, chemistry, biology, media) ranging from students in their first semester bachelor to PhD-students.

Contact PhysikOnline

If you want to get in touch with us, you can write us an e-mail at elearning@itp.uni-frankfurt.de. There are also different opportunities to reach somebody by phone or by visiting an office, to do so, please have a look at our imprint.

Since the foundation of PhysikOnline we offered and still offer many services for students and people around the world free of charge. All of our programs and services are (as long as not stated differently) published under the MIT-License.