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Friedrich Hesse

Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 40
72072 Tübingen
+49 7071 979-215


Friedrich W. Hesse studied psychology at the University of Marburg and the University of Duesseldorf (diploma 1976), received his doctorate at the University of Aachen (1979) and qualified as professor for psychology (1989) at the University of Goettingen. From 1976 to 1979 he was assistant researcher at the University of Duesseldorf and Aachen, where he worked as post-doc research fellow from 1979 till 1982. From 1982 till 1983 he was research fellow at LRDC and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh; from 1983 until 1990 he was academic council at the faculty for psychology at the University of Goettingen. Since 1990 up to the present he has been professor in Tuebingen, initially (from 1990 until 1992) as debuty of the chair and from 1993 until 2000 as Head of the Department of Applied Cognitive Science at the German Institute of Research for Distance Education (DIFF). Since 1999 he has been holding the chair of applied cognitive psychology and media psychology at the University of Tuebingen. Since 2001 he is executive director of the Knowledge Media Research Center. Together with his research unit he works on fundamental principles of individual and cooperative knowledge acquisition and knowledge exchange with new media and the practical implementation of concepts of virtual learning and teaching.

Research interests

learning with new media, net-based knowledge communication, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL).


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