About Us

Mission Statement

Digitalization is fundamentally changing how we live, work and learn. Digital teaching and learning methods have the potential to radically revolutionize teaching and further education by enabling the individual definition of learning objectives, continuous monitoring of learning progress, and comprehensive data-supported feedback (“personalized education”). The time- and space-independence of learning experiences and the advantages of using virtual reality technologies will make concrete learning situations more flexible, more intensive, and more tangible in the future and open new dimensions of “experiential learning” through testing various behavioral alternatives. Finally, innovative and digital educational technologies make it possible to experience technology-driven social change and promote digital literacy as a critical competence for success in the coming decades.

Its first-class competence portfolio puts TUM in an excellent starting position to play a leading role in the future field of Educational Technologies:
  • TUM has an outstanding teaching and research base with its references in computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering and information technology (TUM School of Computation, Information and Technology) and learning and educational research (TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology)
  • TUM has an outstanding teaching and research base
  • TUM has pioneering fields of application in undergraduate university teaching (BSc/MSc), teacher training, management-based continuing education (executive education) and medicine
  • TUM is embedded in a leading European network of technology companies, and
  • as one of the most entrepreneurial universities in Europe, it is an internationally visible launch pad for high-growth technology start-ups (TUMentrepreneurship, TUM Venture Labs).
With the founding of the TUM Center for Educational Technologies (TUM EdTech Center), TUM is bundling the previously fragmented EdTech initiatives under one roof
and is thus striving to achieve a visible position in the field of Educational Technologies throughout Europe.


Prof. Dr. Enkelejda Kasneci
Prof. Dr. Enkelejda Kasneci
Liesel Beckmann Distinguished Professor
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Human-Centered Technologies for Learning

Enkelejda Kasneci is a Liesel Beckmann Distinguished Professor for Human-Centered Technologies for Learning. From 2019 until 2022, she was Professor for Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Tübingen. As a BOSCH scholar, she received her M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Stuttgart in 2007. In 2013, she received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Tübingen and was awarded with the Südwestmetall Research Prize. She was a Margarete-von-Wrangell Fellow from 2013 to 2015 and assistant professor at the University of Tübingen from 2015 to 2019. Her research evolves around Human-Centered Technologies and AI systems for everyday life, and especially in the context of learning. From 2016-2021 she served as Junior Fellow to the German Informatics Society. She is academic editor for PlosOne and TPC member of several major conferences and journals in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Human-Centered AI, and Eye-Tracking.
Prof. Dr. Tina Seidel
Prof. Dr. Tina Seidel
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Friedl Schöller Endowed Chair for Educational Psychology

Tina Seidel is full professor of educational psychology at the Technical University of Munich and Department Head of Educational sciences at the TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology. She is one of the leading international educational scientists working on the development of digital educational tools and simulations for teacher education, and has expanded her expertise to medical education, effective problem-based instructional design, and the use of eye-movement tracking for training purposes in higher education. She is co-speaker of the DFG Research Group COSIMA on simulation-based learning in teacher and medical education, which was granted the Interdisciplinary Research Award of the German Association for Educational Sciences (GEBF) in 2023. Tina Seidel has also received several awards, including the Review of Research Award of the American Educational Research Association.

Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Oleksandra Poquet
Prof. Dr. Stephan Krusche
Dr. Andreas Fleischmann
Dr. Andreas Fleischmann
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Tilman Michaeli
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Tilman Michaeli
Prof. Dr. med. Pascal Berberat
Prof. Dr. med. Pascal Berberat

The EdTech Center Team

Dr. Katharina Willis
Dr. Katharina Willis
Talissa Stadler
Talissa Stadler

Advisory Board

Dr. Andrea Martin
Dr. Andrea Martin
Dr. Andrea Martin leads the IBM Watson Center Munich and the IBM Innovation Studio Team in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa). Previously, she was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for IBM in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and President of the IBM Academy of Technology.
Through her global network and role in the IBM Academy of Technology, she constantly converses with international experts on AI topics. This also includes discussing ethical issues in the AI environment to build trust in the technology in society and the economy.

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Prof. Dr. Inge Molenaar
Prof. Dr. Inge Molenaar
Prof. Dr. Inge Molenaar is the Director of the National Education Lab AI & the and an associate professor of Educational Sciences. She is a principal investigator at ERC_StG Hybrid Human-AI Regulation (HHAIR) and a Co-Principal Investigator at CELLA, the Center for Learning and Living with AI. Since 2021, she has been a Jacobs Foundation Research Fellow.

With over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and academic, her research focuses on developing new technologies using data-driven methods and AI to enhance learning in primary and secondary education.

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Prof. Dr. Jan L. Plass
Prof. Dr. Jan L. Plass
Prof. Dr. Jan L. Plass is a Professor and Paulette Goddard Chair in Digital Media and Learning Sciences at New York University, founding director of the CREATE Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technology in Education, and co-director of the Games for Learning Institute.

He integrates cognitive science, learning sciences, computer science, and design to shape the future of learning with digital technologies, focusing on simulations, games, and XR. Dr. Plass speaks and advises globally, aiding governments and businesses in enhancing lifelong learning through digital solutions grounded in cognitive and learning sciences.

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Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Palmas
Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Palmas
Professor Dr. Fabrizio Palmas holds a professorship at the University of Applied Management and is a guest professor at various institutions in Germany and Switzerland. He is a leading expert in eXtended Reality (XR) and immersive experiences.

With a vital Business Administration and Computer Science background, Prof. Dr. Palmas leads an interdisciplinary team at straightlabs, an EdTech award-winning leading company, developing innovative training formats from concept to implementation. By leveraging their expertise, straightlabs has successfully established itself as a pioneer in the EdTech industry.

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Fellows & Community

To ensure the agile positioning and strategic development of the TUM EdTech Center, close networking activities are carried out with active experts in the TUM Schools. EdTech Fellows contribute new ideas on educational technologies discussed in their schools to the EdTech Center. They are also ambassadors for disseminating the EdTech products centrally bundled and developed in the EdTech Center.

In this way, they support the university-wide use of TUM educational technologies in their respective schools and provide the EdTech Centre with appropriate feedback.

Prof. Dr. Doris Holzberger, Professor of Psychology of Teaching and Learning
Prof. Dr. Gjergji Kasneci, Professor of Responsible Data Science
Prof. Dr. Anna Keune, Professor of Learning Sciences and Educational Design Technologies
Prof. Dr. Doris Lewalter. Professor of Formal and Informal Learning
Prof. Dr. Obersteiner, Professor of Mathematics Education
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pfeffer, Chair of Computational Science
Prof. Dr. Eveline Wittmann, Chair of Vocational Education
PD Dr. Dr. med Alexander Zink, Consultant at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Dermatology and Allergology

Academic staff
Dr. Matthias Baume, ProLehre
Dr. Arne Bewersdorff, Professorship of Life Sciences
Dr. Efe Bozkir, Chair of Human-Centered Technologies for Learning
Dr. Hong Gao, Chair of Human-Centered Technologies for Learning
Dr. Christian Kosel, Chair of Educational Psychology
Ben Lenk-Ostendorf, ProLehre
Dr. David Plecher, Chair for Augmented Reality
Johannes Reifenrath, Medical Education Center
Yao Rong, Chair of Human-Centered Technologies for Learning
Dr. Markus Siewert, Professorship of Policy Analysis
Sofie Schönborn, Chair of Public Policy, Governance and Innovative Technology
Dr. Emanuel Schreiner, Executive Assistant to the Senior Executive Vice President Human Resources, Administration & Finance
Denis Sedlmeier, ProLehre
Leah Sharp, ProLehre’s eScout Academy

Solar Membership

Get your individual membership in the Society for Learning Analytics and Research for free and learn about using data in learning and teaching!

SOLAR – the Society for Learning Analytics and Research is a leading scholarly society and a network of people passionate about using data collected by technologies to improve teaching and learning. The Society holds an annual conference (Core A*, ACM) which gathers over 600 people. The Society runs a free open access journal that is indexed in all major databases.

Having a membership offers you a unique opportunity to learn more about this dynamic modern area of data science in the context of teaching and learning. If you are interested in making this an important area of your own work, individual membership allows you to build your network or connect with like-minded individuals.

As an individual member via EdTech Centre

  • you receive free membership in Solar
  • you get a discount to attend the conference, which takes place annually in March, and allows for both online and face-to-face participation
  • you can apply up to 50% scholarship to attend Learning Analytics Summer Institute held internationally every June
  • you can get involved with the scholarly community by joining SIGs
  • you will receive a newsletter with various podcast, webinar, and job opportunities
  • you can get involved in governance of the Society, vote for elections, involved in working groups – these are relevant if you have staff who wants to work in this area as they allow for networking opportunities within the Society.
  • The Society offers a range of services and activities, such as in-cooperation events, etc., which are on the website under the community tab.

If you or anyone you know (your team or other) are interested in receiving the individual membership, please send an email to office.lea@sot.tum.de specifying your name and a brief reason for your interest in receiving a membership. We will contact you back with the instructions on how to proceed.