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Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht

Program Director, Welten Institute
Heerlen, Netherlands

Research field: Education - Education Research
mobile learning, context-aware computing, visualisations, ubiquitous computing, meta-data, mobile gaming


Awards and Grants

  •  Jan 2006 
    Innovation Award of German Ministry
  •  Jan 2001 
    Entrepreneur Awared German Ministry of Business
  •  Jan 1998 
    European Software Award

Biographical Information

Welcome to the homepage of Marcus Specht. Here you find information about my recent projects, research works, and interesting things I found in the virtual and real world.

I am Professor for Advanced Learning Technologies at the Open University of the Netherlands and I am currently heading the CELSTEC Learning Technology Labs. I am and was involved in several national and international research projects on open educational content, competence based life long learning, personalized information support and contextualized systems.I received a Diploma in Psychology in 1995 and a Dissertation from the University of Trier in 1998 on adaptive information technology.

From 1998 until 2001 I worked as a senior researcher at the GMD research center on HCI and mobile information technology. From 2001 I headed the department “Mobile Knowledge” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT).

From 2005 I was Associated Professor at the Open University of the Netherlands and working on competence based education, learning content engineering and management, and personalization for learning.

Since 2008 I am full Professor for Advanced Learning Technologies at the Educational Technology Expertise Centre of the Open University of the Netherlands.

Currently I am working on Mobile and Contextualized Learning Technologies, Learning Network Services, and Social and Immersive Media for Learning.

I am member of ACM, IEEE.

I am member of SIKS and ICO research schools in the Netherlands.

I am Apple Distinguished Educator.


Professional Experience

2014 - Present
Program Director at Welten Institute
Heerlen, Netherlands
Jun 2008 - Dec 2013
Professor for Advanced Learning Technologies at Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC), Open University of the Netherlands
Heerlen, Netherlands
Jan 2001 - Sep 2005
Research Group Leader at Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin
Bonn, Germany
Oct 1997 - Jan 2001
Researcher at German National Research Center for Information Technology (GMD) (now Frauenhofer Gesellschaft)
Bonn, Germany

Oct 1989 - May 1995
Universität Trier - University of Trier in Trier, Germany
Diploma Psychology
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