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I am an international and interdisciplinary scholar. I've lived 10 years abroad ---- Sometimes, I look back, and say to myself '"what a life and research adventure" :-)  It was certainly never boring. Now, when looking ahead, I am super excited to shape and influence the next 10 years.

I received my Ph.D. degree at Dortmund University, Germany in 2005.  I continued as a post-doctoral fellow at the Ruhr-University of Bochum (IAW-IMTM, Thomas Herrmann), and juniorprofessor at TU Dortmund (2008-2011, Hochschuldidaktisches Zentrum, Johannes Wildt).  Then, for over 10 years,  I worked abroad as professor in Sweden (Umeå University 2011-2015) and in the United States (University of Missouri-Columbia, 2015-2021), where I was director of the Information Experience Lab (iE lab),  a user/learner experience lab, at the iSchool of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT). Now, I am back in Germany: In July 2021, I started at the University of Muenster, where I will be teaching and researching digital learning experience design. 

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A Glimpse Into my Life: Germany - Sweden - USA - Back in Germany

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

After finishing the social science program at the University of Wuppertal, I wanted to see the world outside the academic part, and decided to work as consultant in different organizations such as Prognos (Cologne), MediaCom (Dusseldorf) and Krups Consultants (Dusseldorf) - from 1998 to 2001.

Between 2001 and 2005, I was doctoral student, research assistant and university teacher in "Informatics and Society" (TU Dortmund university, Germany). My research work was partly funded by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (HBS). I received my Ph.D. degree (Dr. phil.) in 2005. I conducted an interdisciplinary study of the dynamics of social roles in higher education in (online) learning communities. The study bridges informatics, sociology and education.

During my post-doc years at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (IAW-IMTM department), I also visited the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA in 2007.

From 2008-2011, I was assistant professor (Juniorprofessorin) at the Hochschuldidaktik-Center, HDZ, TU Dortmund.

From 2011 to 2015, I was Professor at Umeå University in Sweden at the Department of Applied Educational Science. I was scientific leader of the research group "ICTML:Digital Didactics", we focused on tablet classrooms and studied the use of tablets in schools from the lens of the Scandinavian and German Didaktik approaches. Here, I developed the DDD-model (e.g., Jahnke et al., 2017, Jahnke, 2016) that is an sociotechnical-pedagogical model to research technology use from an intergrated lens of technologoical, pedagogical and social dimensions.

During that time, I also visited the University of Florida in 2012 - the Educational Technology program.

In 2014, I was general co-chair, w/ Sean Goggins, of the International conference ACM GROUP 2014 which took place in November 2014 in Florida/USA. The conference topics cover group work, information systems, sociotechnical design, and more. Now, I serve as a member of the GROUP Steering Committee: 2018-active, and I am accessibility co-chair (2020 and 2022). Currently, I am also member of the ACM SIGCHI conferences board.

From 2015-2021, I got the fantastic opportunity to join the University of Missouri-Columbia. I did deepen my research and teaching as a professor of learning design & technologies and was director of the Information Experience Lab. During those years, I started to use the DDD framework - Digital Didactical Designs (published with Routledge in 2015) in my teaching and for teachers' professional development: it is now a tool for students in teacher education and teachers that helps to integrate technology in schools toward digital, active learning.

Now, since July 2021, I am thrilled to be back in Germany as Professor in the College of Education and Social Sciences. The University of Muenster offered me terrific lab options so that I can build the Digital LEAD Lab -- a research lab for digital Learning Experience & Active Design.

My ~150 publications include peer-reviewed journal articles, high-quality conferences proceedings, book chapters, books and more. I have given 15 keynote speeches so far and I hope that many more will come.

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Prof. Dr. Isa Jahnke (she/her)

Professor of Digital Learning Experience Design,
University of Muenster