Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress
Cress, Ulrike
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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress

Head of Knowledge Construction Lab.

Ulrike Cress is a full professor at the University of Tübingen and deputy director of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM). She studied psychology at the University of Tübingen (diploma 1993) and achieved her Ph.D. in 2000 with a dissertation about self-regulated learning. In 2006 she received her venia legendi for psychology for her thesis on the information-exchange dilemma. With her lab Knowledge Construction, she conducts research on learning with new media in formal settings as well as in informal settings. She is interested in knowledge management, and in the development and implementation of media-based learning scenarios. In particular, she works on the social and cognitive processes of people constructing new knowledge. Much of her research aims to further develop the Co-Evolution Model of Individual Learning and Collaborative Knowledge Building, which she presented in 2008.
Ulrike Cress conducted many projects about web-based learning funded by the EU, DFG, as well as National and Federal Ministries of Science. With grants from the Leibniz Association, she established the Graduate School for Knowledge Media Research at the IWM in 2006 and founded a support program for postdocs in 2016.
Ulrike Cress authored more than 90 peer-reviewed articles, more than 80 chapters in books and proceedings. She edited 4 books and 3 conference proceedings. Sie is a regular reviewer for the DFG, the Bundesinstitut für Sportwissenschaft, the Telekomstiftung and the EU.

Furthermore, she is one of the Principle Investigators of the European Network of Excellence STELLAR, member of the DFG Research Group “Analyse und Förderung effektiver Lehr-Lernprozesse” (FOR738) and member of the special priority program „Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit” (SPP 1409). She is one of the Principle Investigators of the LEAD-Graduate School (Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development; Graduate School GSC 1028), that is financed by the German Excellence Initiative. She is a member of the Program Committee of the Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern, Executive Editor of the International Journal of Computer-supported Collaborative Learning and board member of the Educational Psychologist, the American Educational Journal and the Transactions on Learning Technology. Furthermore, she is a member of the CSCL-Committee within the International Society of the Learning Sciences.

She regularly serves as a program-committee member for a large number of international congresses, e.g., for CSCL, ICLS, EC-TEL, ICCE, i-know, CSEDU, WikiSym, Open Sym, WebScience and Learning@Scale. She organized international conferences and was (Co-)Chair of EC-TEL 09 in Nice, eMOOCs 2013 in Lausanne, ICCE 13 in Bali, ICCE14 in Japan, OpenSym 2014 in Berlin, and ICLS 16 in Singapore.

Research interests

computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL), social software, knowledge management, social dilemma; development, implementation and evaluation of media-supported learning environments


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