May’s Community Host: Professor Dirk Ifenthaler, University of Mannheim
Dirk Ifenthaler is Professor for Instructional Design and Technology at the University of Mannheim, Germany, Adjunct Professor at Deakin University, Australia, and Affiliate Research Scholar at the University of Oklahoma, USA. His previous roles include Professor and Director, Centre for Research in Digital Learning at Deakin University, Australia, Manager of Applied Research and Learning Analytics at Open Universities, Australia, and Professor for Applied Teaching and Learning Research at the University of Potsdam, Germany. He was a 2012 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, at the University of Oklahoma, USA.
Professor Ifenthaler’s research focuses on the intersection of cognitive psychology, educational technology, learning science, data analytics, and computer science. He developed automated and computer-based methodologies for the assessment, analysis, and feedback of graphical and natural language representations, as well as simulation and game environments for teacher education.
His research outcomes include numerous co-authored books, book series, book chapters, journal articles, and international conference papers, as well as successful grant funding in Australia, Germany, and the USA ( a full list of Dirk Ifenthaler’s academic achievements can be viewed at www.ifenthaler.info / Professor Ifenthaler is the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Technology, Knowledge and Learning www.springer.com/10758). Dirk is the Past-President for the AECT (Association for Educational Communications and Technology) Design and Development Division, 2013-2015 Chair for the AERA (American Educational Research Association) Special Interest Group Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning, and Co-Program Chair for the international conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA).
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