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 herself – not like a pure sociologist – but a Design-based researcher with a socio-technical-educational approach – where I put learning prototypes into practice and study/learn from them.

  • My research considers new forms of computer-mediated human structures and emerging roles by using new media. In particular, I focus on the study of socio-technical 'informal-in-formal' learning by developing theories, concepts and methods. The main research interest is the socio-technical design of learning environments for an attractive, innovative and creativity-enhanced learning model.
  • For my PhD thesis, I studied the dynamics of social roles in the field of knowledge management and socio-technical communities as platforms for informal learning - it was published in June 2006.
  • From 2008-2010, I was one of the leading members in the EU project ‘Platform for eLearning and telemetric experimentations’, which attempts to integrate live experimentations from a real laboratory via video-based access into a lifelong learning platform. The project team created an innovative e-learning environment including telemetric experimentations. A further project is called “DaVinci”, a German research project about “how to foster creativity in higher education”; what does creativity in universities mean and how can teachers design appropriate opportunities and environments for creative thinking and actions?

According to the design-based research approach, the future challenge is to create an innovative e-learning environment that combines multiple perspectives, different roles, and community communication for Technology-Enhanced Collaborative Learning in schools, universities but also at the workplace.


Prof. Dr. Isa Jahnke

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