People

Professor

Armin Weinberger is head of the department. Formerly, he was Associate Professor at the Department of Instructional Technology, Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, University of Twente, the Netherlands. He was lecturer and research fellow at the University of Munich, the University of Tübingen, and the Knowledge Media Research Center, Germany. His main research interests are educational technology, technology-enhanced learning, computer-supported collaboration scripts, argumentative knowledge construction, cross-cultural education, knowledge convergence, and methodological issues in small group learning.
niegemann Helmut Niegemann, Honorary Professor
park Babette Park, Junior Professor

Faculty

dimitra Dr. Dimitra Tsovaltzi is a faculty member in the department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in European Philosophy (1998, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK). In 2000, she completed further Bachelor studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in the Department of Philosophy and Pedagogy. In 2001 she graduated from the Masters of Science in Cognitive Science and Natural Language Processing (University of Edinburgh, EPSRC scholarship). She was awarded her Ph.D. in 2010 from the department of Informatics, Saarland University, for investigating the modelling and automation of a socratic teaching strategy for computer-supported learning. Between 2001 and 2010 she worked in several research projects in Saarland University (departments of computational linguistics and informatics) and in the e-Learning group of the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). She is currently also coordinating the communication between Border Studies lecturers and technical partners in the project UniGR Interreg “Master Border Studies”

Ph.D. Students

Lara Schmitt is a research assistant in the EduTech department and started her PhD studies in 2015. Her background is in Psychology (B.Sc., 2012) and Educational Technology (M.Sc., 2015). The focus of her current research is in investigating and supporting collaborative learning with a shared multi-touch device (e.g., a tablet). In October 2018, she joined the ‘PIAF’ Erasmus+ project about the topic ‘computational thinking’. Furthermore, Lara is responsible for the study coordination in the EduTech master program, and teaches research methods courses.
  Allison Kolling is research assistant in the EduTech department and started her PhD studies in 2017. Her background is a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Language, History and “German Studies” (2010) and a Master of Science in Educational Technology (2016) . Her research interest is MOOCs.
Yvonne Berkle is research assistant in the EduTech department and started her PhD studies in 2019. Her background is a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2014) and a Master of Science in Educational Technology (2017). Her research interest is co-located CSCL and embodied learning.

Staff

thomas Thomas Puhl has a Master’s degree in Education and worked between 2002 and 2008 in several research projects at Saarland University. He joined the department of EduTech in 2010. His focus of research is Fostering Argumentation in Social Network Services with Scripts and Group Awareness Tools. He is also responsible for administration at the department of EduTech.

Student Assistants

Christian Backes
Alexander Zavala
Jan Lietz
Cindy Belen Perez Bastias