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Meike Romppel
Foundation "Media in education", Knowledge Media Research Center (KMRC), Tübingen
Tel.: +49 7071 / 979 - 213

Informational Environments

Leibniz ScienceCampus Tübingen

Education and learning – many people associate these terms with real-world places such as schools or universities. Yet the digital age is creating new places of learning, first and foremost the internet. Using the wealth of information at their fingertips, learners combine distinct elements according to their interests, needs and abilities, which they access on a regular basis. This personalised subset of knowledge is called the “informational environment”.

The Tübingen-based Leibniz ScienceCampus “Informational Environments” investigates how informational environments provide learning opportunities for 21st century citizens, and how technologies must be shaped in order to counteract barriers to learning and overcome biases. This is because a lack of guidance and competencies can lead to biased information processing, disparities and stigmatisation. Technologies can help to overcome these obstacles by providing adaptivity, or low-threshold interactivity, or by making important content salient.

The Leibniz ScienceCampus “Informational Environments” bundles expertise from psychology, sociology, educational research, computer science, economics, media science and medicine.


Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedrich W. Hesse
Knowledge Media Research Center (KMRC), Tübingen
Tel.: 07071 / 979 - 215



Leibniz Institute:

Knowledge Media Research Center (KMRC), Tübingen

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Further partners:
University of Freiburg,
University of Education Freiburg,
Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim
German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE), Bonn
Stuttgart Media University

Period: 2009-2016


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