Professor Dr. Isa Jahnke has started at Umeå University as Professor in ICT, media and learning at the Department of Applied Educational Science; Tillämpad utbildningsvetenskap (www.edusci.umu.se).
She spent 3 years at the Center for Research on Higher Education and Faculty Development at TU Dortmund university (Assistant Professor) where she studied within the field of Institutional research, creativity in the Web 2.0 world - Designing teaching and learning in higher education - what can we learn from 'digital natives' and Web 2.0? From 2001 to 2004, she worked at the Faculty of Informatics at Dortmund university (PhD position), and from 2005-2008 she conducted several research projects (post-doc position) at the Department of Information and Technology Management, Bochum university.
Her academic background actually is in sociology, educational science and computer science. She would label herself – not like a pure sociologist – but a Design-based researcher with a socio-technical-educational approach – where she put learning prototypes into practice and study/learn from them. Isa Jahnke’s research considers on new forms of computer-mediated human structures and emerging roles by using new media. In particular, she focuses on the study of socio-technical informal learning by developing theories, concepts and methods. Her main research interest is the socio-technical design of learning environments for an attractive, innovative and creativity-enhanced learning model. Her PhD thesis about the dynamics of social roles in the field of knowledge management and socio-technical communities as platforms for informal learning was published in June 2006. She is was a leading member 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.
Some of her recent publications:
- Isa Jahnke (2011, in press). How to Foster Creativity in Technology Enhanced Learning? In: Bebo White / Irwin King / Philip Tsang (eds), “Social Media Tools and Platforms in Learning Environments”. Springer.
- Isa Jahnke (2010): A way out of the information jungle – a longitudinal study on a socio-technical community and informal learning in higher education. In: International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD).
- Isa Jahnke, Claudius Terkowsky, Christian Pleul, A. Erman Tekkaya (2010): Online Learning with Remote-Configured Experiments. In: Interaktive Kulturen. Konferenzband DeLFI – Deutsche E-Learning Fachtagung Informatik. Duisburg-Essen, Sept 2010. English article!
- Isa Jahnke (2010): Dynamics of social roles in a knowledge management community. In: Computers in Human Behavior. Oxford (UK): Elsevier, 26. DOI 10.1016/j.chb.2009.08.010
- Isa Jahnke & Michael Koch (2009): Web 2.0 goes academia: Does Web 2.0 make a difference? In International Journal Web Based Communities, Vol. 5, No. 4, 2009, pp. 484-500.