Michael Kerres
Professor of Educational Science


As full professor of educational science I hold the chair of Educational Technology and Instructional Design within the Faculty of Educational Sciences of University Duisburg-Essen. In our research, we address learning with digital technology in the various sectors of vocational, higher, adult and corporate education.

We follow an approach of design-based research in education and cooperate with our university's Interdisciplinary Center of Educational Research.

I have authored the German textbooks Mediendidaktik (6th ed.) and Didaktik (1st ed.) with the accompanying website didaktik.info

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Current and previous positions

  • 2009, Offer Full Professorship "Chair of Learning Innovations", Department of Psychology, University Erlangen-Nuremberg (declined)
  • from 2001, Full Professor of Educational Science, Chair of Educational Technology and Instructional Design, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • 1998-2001, Full Professor of Educational Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Institute of Educational Science
  • 1990-1998, Professor of Educational Technology, Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences, Department of Digital Media (1995-1996 Dean, 1995-2000 Head of tele-akademie)
  • 1983-1990, Research Assistant, Institute of Pedagogy, Ruhr-University Bochum

University of Duisburg-Essen: Services and Management Activities 


  • List of Projects
  • 2010-2020: total funding received of approx. 15 Mio. € in direct costs

Current Professional Activities (honarary)

Appointments and Awards 

  • 2022-2023, Lecturer, University of Basel (CH)
  • 2020-2024, Advisory Board, German Adult Education Association (Deutscher Volkshochschulverband)
  • 2020-2022, Working Group: "Digitalization in Higher Education", German Science and Humanities Council (Wissenschaftsrat)  
  • 2018, Fellow, Society for Media in Higher Education e.V. 
  • 2022-2024, Advisory Board on "Technology Assessment" (INSIGHT), Federal Ministry of Research on Education, Germany
  • 2017-2022, Advisory Board on "Educational Research", Federal Ministry of Research and Education, Germany  
  • 2016, TOP 500 in Europa's Human Resource Management  
  • 2007, Lecturer, University of Zurich (CH)
  • 2004-2005 Fellow, Swiss Center for Innovations in Learning, University of St. Gallen (CH)
  • 2004-2006, Board, Section "Media and Education" of German Society of Educational Science (DGfE)
  • 2000-2002, Chairman of the Board, Society for Media in Higher Education (GMW e.V.)
  • 1998, Teaching Excellence Award (Landeslehrpreis), Baden-Württemberg, Ministry of Education and Research 

Editorial Activities


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Anhang (Credits): 

1,2 Klaus Schwarten published as CC BY

3,5,6 UDE / eventfotograf.in published as CC BY


7 Ministerium für Schule und Weiterbildung, NRW

8,9: privat CC 0


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