Research and Projects

Our department is concerned with research questions on the subject of teaching and learning. Research focuses on learning with new media and the promotion of self-regulation of the learner and the use of effective learning strategies.

In addition to typical learning studies in the laboratory, we conduct field studies in order to develop and analyze effective instructional design for higher education and further education.

AuCity 2 - Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

Using Augmented Reality at university.
A BMBF-funded joint project of the Bauhaus University of Weimar and the University of Ulm.

Further information: klick here.

Digitized Teaching and Learning

Multimedia research


The disfluency effect means that poorly readable learning material leads to better learning performance. But does the Disfluency effect actually exist? And more importantly, can one make use of it at all sensibly?

Contact Person: Janina Lehmann

Learning with text and picture

Learning in modern learning nevironments often requires to deal with multiple given representations. In order to understand all representations adequately, it is important to build a coherent mental model. We examine different instructional means to foster coherence formation and analyze when and for whom these are helpful.

Contact Person: Tina Seufert, Felix Wagner (ZEL)

Learning with music

Learning with music can lead to a better understanding of the content. What conditions does the music have to fulfill?

Contact Person: Janina Lehmann

Pictures vs. Animation

We examine the success of animations vs. Pictures on learning performance. The production of complex animations and videos is often very time-intensive and expensive. We therefore try to clarify whether images (possibly with corresponding cues) might achieve a similar effect. Thus, the production of learning material could be made more efficient.

Contact Person: Melina Klepsch

Education and lifelong learning


Effis - efficient ineractive study
In cooperation with the School of Advanced Professional Studies (SAPS) of Ulm Universitiy.
The first project goal is to develop an optimal, scientifically based instructional design for lifelong learning. Based on these findings, a certificate offer and finally a master's degree course between psychology, education sciences and computer science are developed.

This work is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany within the program “Aufstieg durch Bildung: Offene Hochschulen” as part of the project “Modular zum Master Mod:Master II” [grant number 16OH12005].
Contact Person: Rebecca Pientka, Nadja Gentner, Melina Klepsch



Demand-oriented further education up to the Master's degree
Cooperation project with the Univerity of Ulm.
Sponsored by the Ministry of State and Economy, Research and art (2014-2018).

Contact Person: Tina Seufert 


Cooperation with the school of Advanced Professional Studies (SAPS) Ulm Univerisity
The project Mod: Master of the University of Ulm has been sponsored as part of the competition "Open Universities: Advancement through Education" by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since October 1, 2011 for an initial three and a half years.

The objectives are the establishment of the School of Advanced Professional Studies as a central scientific institution of the University of Ulm for continuing vocational education and training.
In addition, the training and testing of two master study courses is supported:
Sensor system technology as well as innovation and science management, both designed according to the current status of learning research with significant online shares. The study courses are developed modularly, so that individual modules, which are of special interest for individuals, are offered separately.

First modules will be available for the winter season 2012/2013. The trials of the courses start at the winter semester 2013/2014.

Contact Person: Nadja Gentner



Questionnaire development

Measurement of Cognitive Load

We developed ana evaluated a questionnaire that can measure intrinsic, extraneous, and germane cognitive load differentially.

Contact Person: Melina Klepsch

Succesfull teaching and learning at university

UULM PRO MINT & MED - Accompanying research

The department for leraning and Instruction is part oft he university program to foster students success, especially when beginning their studies.
As part of the project, accompanying research plays a central role. The scientific accompanying research has the intention to check the effectiveness and direction of the project measures. It aims to examine the effects of the measures developed within the framework of the project UULM PRO MINT & MED on study-related factors such as performance, motivation and other psychologically relevant factors during the course of studies.

While in the first phase of the project the student survey as well as the intervention studies were the main focus of the research, the focus of the second funding phase is on more individual questions with a focus on the subject.

Teaching and Learning in school

Assessing learning approaches

Serialists and Holists differ in their way of processing learning tasks. While serialists work sequentially, holists mainly focus on overall meaning. In order to measure these learning approaches, a corresponding questionnaire is developed.

Contact Person: Julia Westphal