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

  Professional development efficiency through activating intelligent learning support measures in sustainable, part-time and hybrid professional development programs (WILLEN)
PS-I Network - Why failure can be productive: Underlying learning mechanisms of problem solving prior to instruction approaches
KoLiBRI: Learning to collaborate with complex digital 3D representations in civil engineering [Kooperieren Lernen im Bauingenieursstudium anhand digitaler 3D-Repräsentation von komplexen Informationen]

Research Topic: Humans and Cryptography [in Research Hub D: Usability]

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] 


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

Further projects

Problem-Based Learning and Structured Collaboration in a machine learning class [Problembasiertes Lernen mit strukturierter Gruppenarbeit im Kurs Maschinelles Lernen]
Recovery effects in German orthography acquisition [Spontanerholungseffekte beim unkorrigierten Orthographieerwerbsprozess]


Completed projects