Professor Dr. Isa Jahnke is scientific leader of the research group ICTML:DigitalDidactics at Umeå University in Sweden at the Department of Applied Educational Sciences (Tillämpad utbildningsvetenskap), Devision of Interactive Media and Learning (IML) since April 2011.
After finishing her degree in social sciences (1997), she worked at consultancy firms (1998-2001) and as PhD student at the University of Dortmund, "Informatik and Society" (Dept. of Computer Science), 2001-2005 in Germany. Her PhD thesis defense was in 2005 about the dynamics of social roles in learning communities and published in June 2006. Then, Isa Jahnke was post-doctoral researcher at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Information- and Technology Management (2006-2008). She spent three years as Juniorprofessor at the Center for Research on Higher Education (Hochschul-didaktik), TU Dortmund, Germany, 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? She visited in 2007 the L3D Center for Lifelong Learning, University of Colorado at Boulder/USA and in 2012 the University of Florida in Gainesville/USA, Educational Technology.
Her different scientific positions led to a strong interdisciplinary approach embracing sociology, computer science and educational science towards Digital Didactics (Digitale Didaktik). 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.
Isa Jahnke is leading the research group "ICTML:Digital Didactics" strongly coloured by the European tradition of Didaktik. The group studies Digital Didactical Designs from different perspectives: bridging nonformal and formal learning, knowledge co-construction in mobile learning, game-based learning in teacher education and blended learning focusing on creative teaching spaces to enable learning. Finished grants from 2008-2011 are DaVINCI (BMBF, Germany) where the teacher’s conceptions on students’ creativity have been studied. 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.
Currently, her group conducts three research projects a) “Odder: Didactics of Media Tablets in Danish schools“ and b) “Umeå: iPads in higher education at the example of preschool teacher education“ and c) the research project “Designs of Digital Didactics - What Designs of Teaching Practices Enable Deeper Learning in Co-located Settings?” granted and funded by Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council); Isa Jahnke is the principal investigator.
Isa Jahnke is involved in many different program committees and editorial boards of International journals. In 2014, she is co-chair of the International conference ACM Group’14 together with Sean P. Goggins, Drexel/USA. She was conference chair of IML2011, DOSS2010 and HDHF2009. She is editorial board member of the international journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge development (ijSKD) and reviewer for several journals and conferences, for instance, ijCSCL, ijCSCW, CTS, IEEE TLT, ijMBL, ZFHE, ijWBC, GMW, etc.
She has more than 100 publications including double-blind peer reviewed papers, conferences and book chapters. The new edited book by Sean P. Goggins, Isa Jahnke and Volker Wulf entitled “Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning at Work” (Springer) has been published in May 2013. The book contributes to a new research agenda in the era of Social Media bridging ‘learning what is known’ and ‘learning when the answer is not known’, and follows the agenda to make learning visible. Teachers are collaborative designers at the workplace.
Her research interests are digital didactical designs, mobile learning using media tablets and learning expeditions. Isa studies socio-technical design of learning with the aim to design attractive, innovative and creativity-enhanced learning models. Following a design-based research agenda, the future challenge is to create an innovative learning environment that combines multiple perspectives, different roles, and community communication for technology-enhanced Learning in schools, higher education and learning at the workplace.
She is researcher, PhD supervisor, teacher and provides workshops for instructors and educational developers on technology integration.