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

  • URBAN SPORT & HEALTH Sport, exercise and health in the digitized city November 19th and 20th, 2018 GLS Campus Berlin
  • DIV CONFERENCE 2018 Life and work in a digital society September 25th, 2018 Olympiastadion Berlin
  • TRADE AND LOGISTICS 4.0 21th Forum Europrofession Industry and science in dialogue September 18th and 19th, 2018 Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen
  • BILDUNSGRÄUME 2017 15th e-Learning Symposium of GI 25th Annual Meeting of GMW September 5th to 8th, 2017 Chemnitz Technical University
  • SMART SPORT CONFERENCE Digitization, Youth Culture, Movement and Sport Trends and Topics about Qualification and Education September 7th, 2017 Chemnitz Technical University
  • MEDIZIN.BILDUNG.DIGITAL Medicine and Healthcare in times of Digitization and Internet of Things September 6th, 2017 Chemnitz Technical University
  • EDTEC STARTUP DIALOG 2017 The best ideas for Intelligent Education Networks in Germany June 12th, 2017 Popakademie Baden-Württemberg
  • DIV BILDUNGSKONFERENZ 2017 Digitization and Professional Qualification Germany Intelligently Networked June 6th, 2017 Smart Data Forum Berlin
  • HUMAN RESOURCES 4.0 20th Forum Europrofession Industry and science in dialogue May 3rd and 4th, 2017 Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen
Current articles

Indian delegation visits Berlin

EdTec Lab
Article posted on 19.06.2019
On 5 June, DFKI’s Berlin office was visited by Anna Roy from the government think tank National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), Soumya Gupta and Niraj Kumar Jha from the Indian embassy, and Anandi Iyer, Director of Fraunhofer Office India. Ms Roy is responsible for India’s artificial intelligence strategy and highlighted the releva
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Prof. Dr. Igel appointed to advisory board at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

EdTec Lab
Article posted on 26.03.2019
With its ‘Digital Transformation of the Working World’ interdisciplinary cluster, over the next few years Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts will be investing heavily in researching and implementing interdisciplinary projects focusing on digital change in the world of work, the interplay between technology and management models, and th
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The worlds of learning and work will determine the future of digitalisation

WorldSkills Germany
Article posted on 03.12.2018
VR glasses, robots, learning environments reminiscent of computer games – at the final of the national “Digital Youngsters” competition, initiated by WorldSkills Germany, seven teams of apprentices showed how they imagine training and work will look tomorrow. Unlike the way in which many companies are planning to use digitalisation to achieve more
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Dr. Milos Kravcik elected to EATEL Management Board

EdTec Lab
Article posted on 11.11.2018
The EdTec Lab has been representing German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) within the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL) since 2018. On 11 November 2018, Dr. Milos Kravcik was elected the Chair for Special Interest Groups (SIG Chair) on the EATEL Management Board for a term of two years. This European
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