Knowledge Media Research Center, Germany (KMRC)

The Knowledge Media Research Center (KMRC) with its responsible body, the foundation "Medien in der Bildung", is located in Tuebingen, Germany (http://www.iwm-kmrc.de/www/en/index.html). Established in 2001, it has become one of the leading research institutions in the world in the field of psychological and educational media research. The institute examines the potentials synchronous and asynchronous digital communication and collaborative media technologies have for collaborative learning and net-based knowledge exchange. KMRC's expertise is in quantitative and qualitative empirical research in the field of applied cognitive psychology, instructional design, and technology-enhanced learning. Research at KMRC is highly multidisciplinary and covers topics such as hypermedia, cybermedia, knowledge acquisition and exchange, visual environments, films, computer supported collaborative learning, informal learning and social software.

KMRC is part of the German Leibniz Gemeinschaft (Leibniz Association, http://www.wgl.de), a network of 83 German research institutions conducting basic research with applied implications. KMRC has five professors  who are leading different labs (Prof. Dr. U. Cress, Prof. Dr. P. Gerjets, Prof. Dr. Dr. F.-W. Hesse, Prof. Dr. Kai Sassenberg and Prof. Dr. S. Schwan) as well as about 10 post-docs and 25 PhD students. KMRC is affiliated with the University of Tübingen, especially with the university's departments of Psychology and Educational Science. Moreover, there is a well established link between the Department of Computer Science and the KMRC. KMRC initiated and coordinated multiple national and international research projects (e.g. Wissenschaftscampus; DFG-Special Priority Programm of Net-based knowledge communication in groups; DFG- Virtual Graduate School) In summer 2008 a Leibniz Graduate School dealing with psychological aspects of Social Software took up its work and underlines KMRC's active engagement in the education of PhD students. KMRC cooperates with excellent research partners on the national and international level. Within the Sixth Framework Program KMRC was a member of the EU-Network "Kaleidoscope".

KMRC is currently involved in the EU-Projects MIRROR and NEXT-TELL.

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