Chair of Learning, Design and Technology

Prof. Dr. Dirk Ifenthaler

Prof. Dr. Dirk Ifenthaler

Digital technology has been a revolution for the modern information society and many areas of everyday life. In the field of learning and instruction, digital technology has had a major influence on how people learn. Advantages of technology-enhanced learning and instruction include the freedom of scheduling learning activities, adaptive support, and personalised learning environments.

Our research group focusses on Learning, Design and Technology within this fast evolving field. In particular. we are interested in the following research areas:

  • Learning Analytics (e.g., Ifenthaler, 2015a)
  • Technology Integration in Classroom Settings, e.g., iPads (e.g., Ifenthaler & Schweinbenz, 2013)
  • First-year Higher Education Students (e.g., Mah & Ifenthaler, in press)
  • School and Curriculum Development (e.g., Gosper & Ifenthaler, 2014)
  • Automated Semantic Assessment and Feedback (e.g., Ifenthaler 2014)
  • Learning-dependent Change of Cognitive Structure (e.g., Ifenthaler, 2015b)
  • Design, Assessment, and Analytics of Serious Games (e.g., Loh, Sheng, & Ifenthaler, 2015)
  • Massive Open Online Courses (e.g., Ifenthaler & Schumacher, in press)
  • Complex problem solving (e.g., Eseryel, Law, Ifenthaler, Ge, & Miller, 2014)
  • STEAM Education (e.g., Ge, Ifenthaler, & Spector, 2015)
  • Digital Knowledge Maps (e.g., Hanewald & Ifenthaler, 2014)


University-Industry MOOC leading to a free Certification of Achievement on Educational Data Literacy
A new version of the Learn2Analyse University-Industry Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Educational Data Literacy is offered by the Learn2Analyse Consortium.
Professor Ifenthaler serves as President-Elect for AECT International Division
The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is an international organization that values diversity of thought, culture and people whose activities are directed toward improving learning.
New book published: Digital Transformation of Learning Organizations
This open access volume provides insight into how organizations change through the adoption of digital technologies. Opportunities and challenges for individuals as well as the organization are addressed.
PhD Student (m/f/d) in the area of Learning Analytics
The Mannheim Center for Data Science at the University of Mannheim, invites applications for a vacant position as Research Assistant / PhD Student (m/f/d) in the area of “Learning Analytics” for the duration of three years with an initial probation period of six months.
Learn2Analyze: Online Course focussing on Educational Data Literacy
This Online Course aims to support the development of the basic competences for Educational Data Analytics of Online and Blended teaching and learning targeting teachers, instructional designers, and e-Tutors.

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