VIRTUAL Ph.D. PROGRAM VGK - Cooperations










[National Cooperations] [International Cooperations]


The emerging potential of new media for distributed collaborative teaching and learning is presently one of the most promising multi-disciplinary research fields worldwide. Bringing together scientists from different domains (e.g. cognitive science, computer science, instructional science, and psychology) and from different countries, research in this field is itself a distributed and collaborative adventure.
As our Faculty members as well as our Ph.D. students are actively participating in national and international conferences and workshops, we have established cooperations with research partners all around the world.
On this website, we present an overview of our current research cooperations with national partners as well as international partners.

National Cooperations

The virtual Ph.D. program VGK is one of several national research programs focusing on distributed teaching and learning with new media. Faculty members of the VGK also participate in the following national research program:

SPP Wissenskommunikation The program "Netbased Knowledge Communication in Groups" is a special priority program of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). It brings together scientists from the fields of cognitive science, social and educational psychology, instructional design, information and computer sciences. The program aims at investigating theoretical, empirical, and practical implications of net-based communication settings.

COLLIDE Research of the COLLIDE (Collaborative Learning in Intelligent Distributed Environments) group and laboratory is oriented towards designing, implementing, and testing innovative computing systems for open distributed learning environments. COLLIDE is part of the Institute of Computer Science and Interactive Systems (IIIS, University of Duisburg Essen, Germany). The director is Prof. Heinz Ulrich Hoppe. Currently, we're working closely with Prof. Hoppe, Prof. Wolfgang Effelsberg (Department of Practical Computer Science, University of Mannheim, Germany) as well as with Prof. Ken Koedinger (Carnegie Mellon Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA) on common research projects.

Department of differential and social psychology (University of Cologne, Germany) The department of differential and social psychology at the University of Cologne (Germany) focuses on investigating non-verbal communication and perception, computerized simulation of human behaviour during communication, socio-emotional determinants in using media as well as computer-mediated communication and cooperative action. The director is Prof. Gary Bente. Currently, we're working closely with Prof. Gary Bente, his research assistants Dr. Nicole Krämer and Maria Senokozlieva as well as Prof. James J. Blascovich and Dr. Andrew Beall (both co-directors of the Research Center for Virtual Environments & Behavior ReCVEB at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) on common research projects.

Department of practical computer science (University of Mannheim, Germany) Currently, we're cooperating with Prof. Wolfgang Effelsberg from the Department of Practical Computer Science (University of Mannheim, Germany) as well as with Prof. Roy Pea (Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning, Stanford, CA, USA) on common research projects.

IPN The Leibniz Institut für die Pädagogik der Naturwissenschaften (IPN) aims at developing and promoting science education through research. At IPN, teams of scientists, experts in science didactics, pedagogues, and psychologists work together. The IPN is a member of the Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. It is closely affiliated to the University of Kiel (Germany). Currently, we're working closely with the IPN as well as with the Deutsches Museum München on a common research project on "learning in the museum", i.e. informal learning settings. This project is funded by the "Pakt für Forschung und Innovation" of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

International Cooperations

CILT The "Center for Innovative Learning Technologies CILT" is a multi-institutional center which aims at stimulating research on innovative learning technologies. Its director is Prof. Roy Pea. He is at the same time director of the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International, in Menlo Park, CA, and Consulting Professor in the School of Education at Stanford University (SUSE), Stanford, CA, USA.

CIRCLE The "Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Constructive Learning CIRCLE" is located at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. One of CIRCLE's main goals is to develop effective computer-based learning environments. Its director is Prof. Kurt VanLehn.

GATECH The Georgia Tech School of Psychology, located at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA, USA), houses four scientific programs (engineering, experimental, industrial/organizational, quantitative), which involve research on human aging and an emphasis on quantitative methods. Currently, we're working closely with Prof. Richard Catrambone on common research projects.

HCII The Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), an interdisciplinary community of students and faculty at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), is dedicated to research and education in topics related to computer technology in support of human activity and society. The HCII is directed by Prof. Daniel P. Siewiorek. Currently, we're working closely with Prof. Dr. Ken Koedinger, Dr. Vincent Aleven, Dr. Bruce McLaren, as well as Dr. Ron Salden on several common research projects.

KALEIDOSCOPE Kaleidoscope is a Network of Excellence which brings together European teams in technology-enhanced learning. Its goal is to integrate 76 research units from around Europe, covering a large range of expertise from technology to education, from academic to private research, to develop new concepts and methods for exploring the future of learning with digital technologies.

PSLC The Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center (PSLC) supports research on robust learning and is creating a research facility, LearnLab. LearnLab is run jointly by Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) and the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, we're working closely with Prof. Dr. Ken Koedinger, Dr. Vincent Aleven, Dr. Bruce McLaren, Dr. Ron Salden (CMU Pittsburgh, USA) as well as Dr. Mindy Kalchman (DePaul University, Chicago, IL, USA) on several common research projects.

RECVEB The Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior (ReCVEB) is a multi-disciplinary research organization established at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA) devoted to understanding the complex interplay of computer-generated virtual environments and human behavior. Currently, we're working closely with both co-directors of the ReCVEB, Prof. James J. Blascovich and Dr. Andrew Beall, on common research projects.

WISE The "Web-based Integrated Science Environment WISE" is an educational research project developing a Web-based learning environment for innovative science curricula. The project is located in the Graduate School of Education, University of California at Berkeley, CA, USA. Principal Investigator is Prof. Marcia Linn being at the same time one of the Principal Investigators of CILT. Currently, we're working closely with Dr. Jim Slotta on a common research project applying WISE.

Last updated 07 Sep 2006
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