In our research group, we investigate cognitive, motivational, and social aspects of learning by employing experimental research methods in laboratory and field studies. Our interests of research lie on 1) the effectiveness of different instructional approaches for learning by focusing on the benefits and disadvantages of errors and failure, 2) challenges during collaborative learning and impacts of different means of adaptive collaboration support (computer-supported collaborative learning, CSCL) in higher education, 3) problem-solving and learning processes in hardware reverse engineering, and 4) the role of emotional and social factors for academic success and career of students and researchers. For more details on the different projects, see the links below:

Third-party funded projects

EARLI Centre for Innovative Research: Measuring and supporting students’ social participation: Innovating the field with behavioral data

Social connectedness and the use of social resources in the initial phases of undergraduate studies [Soziale Eingebundenheit und die Nutzung sozialer Ressourcen in der Studieneingangsphase] 


Influential factors of the doctoral and postdoctoral phase on career development of early career researchers in Medicine and Biology [Einfluss der Promotionsphase auf die Karriere von Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und Nachwuchswissenschaftlern in Medizin und Biologie]


Intelligent support for small group collaboration in online settings in higher education [Intelligente Unterstützung für Kleingruppen in der online-gestützten Hochschullehre]



Research Topic: Learning in it-security [Lernprozesse in der IT-Sicherheit]

Dissertation and habilitation projects

Conditions for successful learning of educational research methods in an out-of-school lab [Methoden empirischer Bildungsforschung als Lerngegenstand - Bedingungen der erfolgreichen Vermittlung im Schülerlabor]
Recovery effects in German orthography acquisition [Spontanerholungseffekte beim unkorrigierten Orthographieerwerbsprozess]
Preparatory Effects of Problem-solving Prior to Instruction: Learning by Doing versus Observing


Completed projects