Prof. Dr. Peter Gerjets is professor for research on learning and instruction at the University of Tübingen, Germany (Knowledge Media Research Center). He studied Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Göttingen where he received a Diploma in 1991 and a Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1994. He was a research associate at the Saarland University from 1996 to 2002 (Collaborative Research Center 378:Resource-Adaptive Cognitive Processes; Graduate College for Cognitive Science: Empirics, Modelling, Implementation) where he also qualified in 2002 as a University lecturer with a Habilitation on "Cognitive control in hypertext-based learning and problem solving: Goal management, strategy selection, and adaptive information utilization".
Prof. Dr. Gerjets' research work focuses on hypermedia-based learning and problem solving, on learner control, and on how computers can be used to foster skill acquisition from worked-out examples (e.g., by designing example formats that reduce cognitive load during learning, by developing nonlinear learning environments that foster profitable processes of example elaborations, and by using interactive and dynamic visualizations to foster a deeper understanding in knowledge-rich domains like mathematics or biology).