"The advent of virtual reality technologies has promoted a variety of new possibilities for teaching and learning. on the one hand virtual worlds are a form of presentation that are more realistic than any other media before. on the other hand they are also ideally suited to present abstract information by making certain processes, that normally can not be experienced with our senses, tangible. A variety of decisions concerning didactics need to be faced in addition to that. Virtual worlds can be used for exploring, training, experimenting and constructing. They can also be used in teams of multiple trainees and students as well as their real or virtual tutors..." (Source)
He studied philosophy at the University of Tübingen(Diplom 1988), did his PhD (1992) und habilitation (2000) in psychology at the University of Tübingen. Im In October 2002 he followed a call to the university of Linz and assumed a post as professor for E-Learning. Until 2004 he was head of the department for social and economic psychology. Since 2004 he is professor for teaching and learning research at the Leibniz-Institute for knowledge and media. His working group is concerned with perceptual and cognitive processes when using interactive 3D visual material for studying (Cybermedien) and creating a user-friendly design.
At the Leibniz Institute for media and knowledge in Tübingen it is all about communicating and gaining knowledge with digital technologies. Research focuses on traditional teaching methods and lessons or lectures at universities and schools as well as learning in informal settings.