E-Participation consists of a lecture (2 SWS) and the corresponding seminar (2 SWS). The classes will be held in English.

Information from KLIPS

Organisational issues

  • Timing: Kick-off meeting: 10th April 2018, 16:00 - 20:00
  • The lecture and seminar classes are organised as indicated in the timetable below,
  • Target audience: Master of Information Management, Information Systems, E-Government, Web Science in the first/second year
  • Description of the module, including workload: see WebSIS: 04WI2010 for all target audience mentioned before. For MSc IM or MSc WI in older examination ordinances, it is also possible to take this lecture as 04WI2015 if they wish to take the module as "Applications of E-Government"
  • Language of the lecture and seminar: English
  • Registration to the lecture via Klips
  • Examination: Exercises and presentations along the lecture. Seminar work and presentation of seminal work
    • Materials and slides: Owncloud is used to share materials and to collect seminar works and presentations. Students, who have registered in Klips to the module, are granted access via their University credentials


    Date and hour

    Content of class
    10th Apr, 16 - 20 Class 1: Kick-off of lecture
    Class 2: Introduction to the field
    17th Apr, 18 - 20 Class 3: E-participation areas and tools; Homeworks

    24th April, 16 - 20

    Class 4: Design approaches; Homeworks;
    Exercise 1: Student presentations
    8th May, 16 - 20 Class 5: Evaluating e-participation endeavours; 
    Exercise 2: Student presentations
    15th May, 16 - 20 Class 6: E-participation in social media;
    Exercise 3: Student presentations
    29th May, 12 - 17, room D 239

    Class 7 + 8: Participation in Workshop on once-only principle, event along the 'Democracy weeks in Koblenz'

    5th Jun, 16 - 20 Class 9: Participation in E-Democracy Workshop: Fake News; Q&A on draft seminar works
    12th Jun, 16 -20 Class 10: Citizen engagement in policy modelling;
    Exercise 4: Student presentations
    12th Jun, 23:59 Submission of draft seminar works for review
    18th Jun, 23:59 Delivering Reviews
    19th Jun, 16-20
    Class 11: Trust in e-participation;
    Presentations of seminar works, part I
    26th Jun, 16-20 Presentations of seminar works, part II
    3rd Jul, 16 - 20 Presentations of seminar works, part III
    17th Jul, 23:59 Delivery of final seminar works

    Learning objectives


    • are able to describe the domain of e-participation and to distinguish it from e-government
    • have knowledge about theories and methods of e-participation
    • know tools and technologies used in e-participation
    • are able to apply a structured engineering approach to plan, analyze and design e-participation projects
    • know about cases and are able to categorize and assess these cases along methods used, tools and technologies deployed, success of the project and impact generated
    • know key success criteria, different evaluation methods and how successful current and past e-participation projects are/were
    • can estimate the impact and value-add of e-participation.

    Content of lecture and seminar

    The course will provide a deeper understanding of the field e-participation. It will deal with the following contents:

    • Overview of e-participation as a research field
    • Research methods, theoretical grounds as well as tools and technologies for e-participation
    • Methods for analyzing, conceptualizing and managing e-participation projects
    • Introduction to selected cases of e-participation. The cases will be investigated along theoretical grounds, methodological approaches used in the case implementation, technical and organizational settings, as well as impact of e-participation endeavor and use of solution.
    • Monitoring and evaluating e-participation projects
    • Impact of e-participation to society and assessment of the public value-add


    • Proceedings of annual eParticipation conferences (Springer LNCS)
    • R. Davis (ed.), The Web of Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press
    • Deliverables of DEMO-net.
    • Project cases and deliverables of MOMENTUM and respective projects.
    • Proceedings of Online Deliberation 2010, Leeds University Business School, UK, 2010
    • OECD, 2003, Promise and problems of e-democracy. OECD study
    • Macintosh, A. & Coleman, S. (2004). Promise and Problems of E-Democracy, Challenges of online citizen engagement, OECD
    • Initiative eParticipation & Stiftung MITARBEIT (Hrsg.): E-Partizipation - Beteiligungsprojekte im Internet. Verlag Stiftung MITARBEIT: Bonn, 2007
    • Case descriptions from www.epractice.eu
    • Sæbø, Ø., Rose, J., and Flak, L. S. 2008. The shape of eParticipation: characterizing an emerging research area. Government Information Quarterly 25, 3, 400–428
    • Medaglia, R. 2012. Eparticipation research: moving characterization forward (2006–2011). Government Information Quarterly (GIQ) 29, 3, 346–360

    More literature indications are provided in the slides of the lecture.