I am Associate Professor and Director of Research for the Information Experience Lab (iE lab) at the iSchool, School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT) at the University of Missouri-Columbia (website http://education.missouri.edu/person/isa-jahnke/  and http://ischool.missouri.edu).

My cultural background:  Germany - Sweden - USA

Born and raised in Germany, I studied social sciences with a focus on technology and got my  M.Sc. degree in 1997 (Wuppertal University, Germany). My parents didn't get the chance to study, rather I grew up in a traditional working-class family. There was no academic background in my family.

After studying five years at the University of Wuppertal, I wanted to see the world outside the academic part, and decided to work as consultant in different companies such as Prognos (Cologne), MediaCom (Dusseldorf) and Krups Consultants (Dusseldorf) - from 1998 to 2001. It was a great experience. Then, in 2001, I got the opportunity to go back to the university and to reflect my work experience from a research view.

Between 2001 and 2005, I was doctoral student and unviersity teacher in "Informatics and Society" (TU Dortmund university, Germany). I got my Ph.D.  (Dr. phil.) in 2005. I conducted an interdisciplinary study of the dynamics of social roles in higher education supported by technologies. The study bridges computer science, informatics, sociology and education. During my post-doc years at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, I also visited the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, in 2007.  A year later, in 2008, I got my first professorship (Juniorprofessor Hochschuldidaktik, HDZ, TU Dortmund).

From  2011 to 2015, I was Professor in Sweden at the Department of Applied Educational Science. I was scientific leader of the research group "ICTML:Digital Didactics", we were focsuing on Scandinavian and German Didaktik; https://iml.edusci.umu.se/ictml/ (group website). The group is located at the Department of Applied Educational Science with Umeå University in Sweden.

In 2012, I visited the University of Florida, USA and in 2014, I was general co-chair of the International conference ACM GROUP 2014 took place on 9-12 November 2014 in Florida/USA together with Sean P. Goggins (University of Missouri). The conference topics covered technology-enhanced learning, TEL, CSCW, Information system, sociotechnical design and more.

Since August 2015, I am  a professor of Information Science and Learning Technologies, and Director of Research of the Information Experience Lab, University of Missouri-Columbia.


My research area

My expertise covers Human-Centered Designs, user experience and usability studies, learning technologies and Educational Technology. When offline and online worlds are merging together, we are living in CrossActionSpaces (my new book, Routledge/2016) and under such new conditions, I study technology-enhanced designs for learning. I am researcher, specialized in Design-Based Research, PhD supervisor, teacher  and conduct workshops for learners, university teachers and educational developers on technology integration.



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My websites at Umeå university


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Director of Research for the Information Experience Lab and Associate Professor, August 2015 - (active): 

University of Missouri
College of Education
School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT, iSchool)

Professor, April 2011 - August 2015: 

Professor of "ICT, Media and Learning" (ICTML) at the Department of Applied Educational Sciences, Divison Interactive Media and Learning (IML),
Umeå University, Sweden

Assistant Professor, April 2008 - March 2011:

Juniorprofessor TU Dortmund university, Hochschuldidaktisches Zentrum (HDZ), Germany
Center for Research on Higher Education and Faculty Development (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Johannes Wildt)

Summer 2007:

Research visitor at the Center for Lifelong Learning (L3D),  University of Colorado at Boulderm USA (Prof. Gerhard Fischer, Ph.D.).

PostDoc, Jan 2005 - March 2008:

Post-Doctoral researcher, Informations- und Technikmanagement (Department of Information and Technology Management (IMTM; Prof. Dr. Thomas Herrmann), Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft (IAW), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

20 December 2005

Disputation (PhD defense), publication in May 2006.

PhD Student, April 2001 - Dec 2004:

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiterin, PhD student, Informatik & Gesellschaft (Computer Science Faculty) Universität Dortmund, Germany.

Work, January 1997 - March 2001:

1997-1998: Prognos AG (Köln), 1998: MediaRes (Düsseldorf), 1999-2001: Krups Consultants GmbH (Düsseldorf), Germany

University, 1992 - 1997:

Diplom-Sozialwissenschaften, Fokus Techniksoziologie (Study program Social Science focusing on Sociology of Technology),
Universität Wuppertal, Germany


1988-1991 - Nikolaus-Ehlen-Gymnasium, Velbert-Mitte (Germany)

1982-1988 - Heinrich-Kölver Realschule, Velbert-Neviges (Germany)

1978-1982 - Grundschule Kuhstrasse, Velbert-Langenberg (Germany)


Father: retired

Mother: retired

Sister: Dora


Prof. Dr. Isa Jahnke is Director of Research for the Information Experience Lab ad´nd Associate Professor at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri, USA. From 2011-2015, she was Professor and scientific leader of the research group “ICT, media and learning” (ICTML) at Umeå University in Sweden at the Department of Applied Educational Sciences, Devision of Interactive Media and Learning (IML).
After her degree in social sciences (1997), she worked at consultancy firms (1998-2001) and as PhD student at the University of Dortmund, "Informatik and Society" (Dept. Computer Science), 2001-2005 in Germany. After her dissertation in 2005 about the dynamics of social roles in learning communities, she was post-doctoral researcher at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Information- and Technology Management (2006-2008). From 2008-2011, she was assistant professor at the Center for Research on Higher Education (HochschulDidaktik), TU Dortmund, Germany. She visited in 2007 the L3D Center for Lifelong Learning, University of Colorado at Boulder/USA and in 2012 the University of Florida in Gainesville/USA, Educational Technology.
Her different scientific positions led to a strong interdisciplinary approach embracing sociology, computer science and educational science towards Digital Didactics (Digitale Didaktik). Isa Jahnke is leading the research group "ICTML:Digital Didactics" (Didaktik). The group studies Digital Didactical Designs from different perspectives: bridging nonformal and formal learning, knowledge co-construction in mobile learning, game-based learning in teacher education and blended learning focusing on creative teaching spaces to enable learning. Currently, the group conducts two research projects called “Odder: Didactics of Media Tablets in Danish schools“ and “Umeå: iPads in higher education at the example of preschool teacher education“.
Isa Jahnke was general co-chair of the International conference ACM Group’14 together with Sean P. Goggins, Drexel/USA. She was conference chair of IML2011, DOSS2010 and HDHF2009. She is editorial board member of the international journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge development (ijSKD) and reviewer for several journals and conferences, for instance, ijCSCL, ijCSCW, CTS, IEEE TLT, ijMBL, ZFHE, ijWBC, GMW, etc. Recently finished grants are DaVINCI (BMBF, Germany) where the teacher’s conceptions on students’ creativity have been studied, and the EU-project PeTEX, Platform for eLearning and Telemetric Experimentation.
She has more than 90 publications including double-blind peer reviewed papers, conferences and book chapters. The  edited book by Sean P. Goggins, Isa Jahnke and Volker Wulf entitled “Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning at Work” (Springer) has been published in May 2013. The book contributes to a new research agenda in the era of Social Media bridging ‘learning what is known’ and ‘learning when the answer is not known’, and follows the agenda to make learning visible. Teachers are collaborative learners at the workplace. Her new book (Routledge/2015) draws an alternative view of the digital era. When offline and online worlds are merging together, humans create CrossActionSpaces. Under these new conditions, Isa Jahnke studies new designs for learning. "Digital Didactical Designs - Teaching and Learning in CrossActionSpaces".
Website: www.isa-jahnke.com


About me

Oct 2012... More than 15 years experience in

12 years experiences in Design-based research; conducting applied research in many different  projects (Research and Development) within both CSCL and CSCW domains plus 3 years experience in different consultancy firms    

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Isa's official website at Umeå Universitet

My official website at Umeå universitet is online. Go to..... http://www.edusci.umu.se/om-institutionen/personal/isa-jahnke IML group (IML = Interactive Media and Learning) IML is one of 4 groups at Applied Educational Science (TUV), Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå...

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I 'm a researcher, teacher and trainer in "academic development". My academic background actually is in sociology and social sciences - with connections to applied educational and computer science. Within my PhD work, I became a more interdisciplinary researcher. Therefore, I would label...

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Where I have been the years ago

CV Professor (since 4/2011) Umeå university, Department of Applied Educational Science, Interactive Media and Learning Professor in in ICT, Media and Learning Assistant Professor Hochschuldidaktisches Zentrum (HDZ), TU Dortmund I spent 3 years (4/2008 - 3/2011) at the Center...

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Dr. Isa Jahnke

University of Missouri
School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT, iSchool)
Associate Professor
Director of Research for the IELab