Educational Technology Laboratory

In today’s global, knowledge-based society with its complex educational spaces and wide variety of options for technology-based qualification and knowledge and information management, tried-and-tested forms of formal, informal and non-formal education are increasingly reaching their limits.

Innovative design opportunities for qualification and education processes through to a self-directed social process – paired with the growing efficiency of ubiquitously usable hardware and software plus networking with the internet of things – have resulted educational landscapes in a state of constant change.

The Educational Technology Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) undertakes research, development, innovation and enhancement work focusing on academic and professional basic and further training via artificial intelligence and innovative software technologies in networked digital worlds.

Academics work together with partners from research, science and innovation, the digital and education economies, university spinoffs, startups in the fields of human resources and educational technologies, and young companies in e-learning and digital education.

People, learning, artificial intelligence

The research and development work undertaken by the EdTec Lab focuses on technologies and software which use artificial intelligence methods to enable learners’ learning goals, experiences and surroundings to be adjusted in an intelligent and adaptive way and allow for the provision of individually tailored learning opportunities.

This is particularly relevant to intelligent, mobile assistance systems which provide ubiquitous context-sensitive information in real time, knowledge services which compile teaching and learning content tailored to the learner, and immersive learning environments where learners work within multidimensional educational spaces.

It also applies to semantic knowledge platforms which facilitate collaboration and exchange of knowledge between and within groups, adaptive self-assessments which undertake psychologically sound interest and aptitude tests, and assistance services which provide individual help and support during treatments.

A team of international researchers from computer science, pedagogy, psychology, communication sciences, educational science and sport science work together as an interdisciplinary collaboration at EdTec Lab. Excellent research and development based on the latest methods go hand in hand with agile project management.

Industry, medicine, prevention, finances

EdTec Lab’s research and development activities are applied to the personnel, work and organisational development of international DAX companies, and to small and medium-sized enterprises, federal and state ministries, municipal administrations, and non-profit and non-governmental organisations.

They are also used for the digital transformation of professional basic and further training, including in industry 4.0, plant and mechanical engineering, logistics, electrical engineering, the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, medicine, prevention and sport. This covers formal, informal and non-formal education as well as user-centric procedures and peer-to-peer learning methods.

The researchers of the EdTec Lab have been supporting the digitisation of teaching, learning and testing in scholastic educational processes and in universities’ teaching, study and further training activities since the mid-1990s. Preschool education in the era of digitisation completes the portfolio.

EdTec Lab’s activities also include advising decision-makers on company boards and management boards and in educational institutions, federal and state ministries, foundations, chambers and associations. More than 20 years of experience form a sound basis for a trusting partnership.

Conferences and events

  • TRADE AND LOGISTICS 4.0 21. Forum Europrofession Industry and science in dialogue September 18th and 19th, 2018 Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen www.forum-europrofession.de
Current articles

Digital education still far from the state of the art

EdTec Lab
Article posted on 11.02.2018
On 11 February, Prof. Dr. Christoph Igel made a public statement about the CDU, CSU and SPD’s coalition agreement during the ARD programme ‘Bericht aus Berlin’. The topic: digital education. The conclusion reached by the DFKI Educational Technology Lab’s Scientific Director was that digitisation became increasingly important during the last
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EdTec Lab is partner of Deutschland Safari 4.0

EdTec Lab
Article posted on 28.11.2017
Work 4.0, qualification 4.0 and artificial intelligence are strategically important topics for positioning companies and developing business areas across the world. But what exactly does this mean? What are the various concepts, what is new and which approaches have proven their worth? And what experience has already been gained? As a partner of D
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Discussion paper on the digitisation of education in Germany published

Federal Government's Digital Summit
Article posted on 10.10.2017
What infrastructure requirements and network connections are needed for schools, and how might the use of cloud solutions work? What role does interoperability play in education system networking? How can we ensure a balance between data sovereignty and data protection, and what organisational developments are required within the school system? The
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