Michael Kerres
Professor of Educational Sciences


As a professor of educational sciences I hold the chair of Educational Technology and Knowledge Management within the Faculty of Educational Sciences of University of Duisburg-Essen. I am directing the Learning Lab, a research and development facility working on projects about digital innovations in education. The Lab's research addresses the various sectors of secondary, higher, vocational, 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, that comprises around 200 educational researchers of the different faculties of our university.

I have authored the German textbooks Mediendidaktik (5th ed.) and Didaktik (1st ed.) with the accompanying website didaktik.info

As founder and partner of learninglab gGmbH, a non-profit company, we are providing support and consulting to the various fields of education - to "implement the future of education".   

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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 Sciencea, 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, Department 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, Scientific Staff / Research Assistant, Department of Pedagogy, Ruhr-University Bochum

University Duisburg-Essen

Services and Management Activities 


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

Appointments and Awards 

  • 2022-2023, lecturer, University of Basel (CH)
  • 2018-, member, Center for Open Education Research (COER), Universität Oldenburg
  • 2018, 2019 Reviewer Excellence Award in recognition of exemplary academic services in support of the Educational Technology Research & Development - a SSCI journal on EdTech.
  • 2018, Fellow of Society for Media in Higher Education e.V. 
  • 2017-2022, advisory board on "Educational Research" for the Federal Ministery of Education, Germany  
  • 2016, TOP 500 in Europas Human Resource Management  
  • 2007, lecturer, University of Zurich (CH)
  • 2004/05 Fellow, Swiss Center for Innovations in Learning, University of St. Gallen (CH)
  • 2004-2006, member of the 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 Award for Excellence in Teaching (Landeslehrpreis) from the Ministry of Education and Science, Baden-Württemberg

Editorial Activities


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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