Claudia de Witt

Univ.-Prof. Dr. habil. Claudia de Witt Photo: FernUniversität

Univ.-Prof. Dr. habil. Claudia de Witt

Member of the CATALPA Executive Board, head of the projects AI.EDU, LAMASS@DiLea, IMPACT

Email: claudia.dewitt

Phone: +49 2331 987-4490/91

Universitätsstraße 33 – Building1
58097 Hagen

What is my role within CATALPA?

In the executive board, I represent the perspective of educational science and media didactics both on the lines of development of the research focus and on personalized learning at the individual, social, and institutional levels. I also take care of that CATALPA scholars take advantage of opportunities to present their research at congresses, conferences, and in other formats of their outstanding work. In the projects I lead, we focus on researching how AI can be used reasonable and sensible in higher education for greater educational success.


Researchers from a wide range of disciplines come together in CATALPA and create with their work new knowledge for successful design of digital teaching and learning at university. My focus on artificial intelligence in higher education therefore fits very well into the profile of CATALPA, and with our collaborative projects here we are creating innovative knowledge into methods and applications of artificial intelligence in studying, teaching and further education.

    • Studies of Educational Science, Sociology and Psychology at the University of Dortmund
    • Research Assistant (C1) at the Chair of General Education at the Institute of Educational Science and Vocational Education at the University of Dortmund
    • Private lecturer at the Institute for Educational Science at the University of Duisburg at the chair of Prof. Dr. Michael Kerres
    • Professor of Educational Theory and Media Education at the FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany (since Octobre 2004)
    • Reviewer for various journals and international conference contributions
    • Reviewer of various research proposals
    • Member of the advisory board in research and development projects
    • Member of the leading team of the research focus CATALPA Digitalization, Diversity and Lifelong Learning at the FernUniversität in Hagen
    • Member of the research focus digitale_kultur at the FernUniversität in Hagen
    • Higher Education and Artificial Intelligence
    • Innovations of teaching and learning processes with educational technologies
    • Success conditions for digitalization and personalization in university self-study
    • (Media-)didactic approaches for formative assessments
    • Study success and dropout in digital educational formats
    • Didactical mentoring concepts in distance learning
    • Design and evaluation of communication scenarios in online learning
    • Development of pragmatist educational theory in the context of digitalization and data ethics
    • AI.EDU Research Lab – Künstliche Intelligenz in der Hochschulbildung
    • LAMASS@DiLea
    • IMPACT
  • 2023


    Chapters in Edited Books

    • Wrede, S. E., Gloerfeld, C., & de Witt, C. (2023). KI und didaktik – zur qualität von feedback durch recommendersysteme. In C. de Witt, C. Gloerfeld, & S. E. Wrede (Eds.), Künstliche intelligenz in der bildung (pp. 133–154). Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden.
    • Wrede, S. E., Gloerfeld, C., de Witt, C., & Wang, X. (2023). Künstliche intelligenz und forschendes lernen - ein ideales paar im hochschulstudium!? In T. Schmohl & A. Watanabe (Eds.), Künstliche intelligenz in der hochschulbildung. transcript.



    • van Rijn, L., Karolyi, H., & de Witt, C. (2022). Trusted Learning Analytics verstetigen. Mit Change Management zu didaktischen Innovationen. In B. Standl (Ed.), Digitale Lehre nachhaltig gestalten. Waxmann.
    • Wang, X., Li, H., Zimmermann, A., Pinkwart, Niels., Wrede, S., van Rijn, L., de Witt, C., & Baudach, B. (2022). IFSE - personalized quiz generator and intelligent knowledge recommendation. 2022 IEEE 16th International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC), 201–208.

    Chapters in Edited Books

    • Wrede, S. E., Gloerfeld, C., de Witt, C., & Wang, X. (2022). Künstliche Intelligenz und forschendes Lernen - ein ideales Paar im Hochschulstudium!? In T. Schmohl & A. Watanabe (Eds.), Künstliche Intelligenz in der Hochschulbildung. transcript.

    Talks and Poster Presentations

    • van Rijn, L., Karolyi, H., & de Witt, C. (2022, September 13). Trusted Learning Analytics verstetigen. Mit Change Management zu didaktischen Innovationen [Presentation]. 30. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medien in der Wissenschaft e.V., Karlsruhe.



    • Seidel, N., Karolyi, H., Burchart, M., & de Witt, C. (2021). Approaching Adaptive Support for Self-regulated Learning. In D. Guralnick, M. E. Auer, & A. Poce (Eds.), Innovations in learning and technology for the workplace and higher education (pp. 409–424). Springer International Publishing.



    • Gloerfeld, C., Wrede, S., de Witt, C., & Wang, X. (2020). Recommender – potentials and limitations for self-study in higher education from an educational science perspective. International Journal of Learning Analytics and Artificial Intelligence for Education (iJAI), 2(2), 34.


    • Wang, X., Gülenman, T., Pinkwart, N., de Witt, C., Gloerfeld, C., & Wrede, S. (2020). Automatic assessment of student homework and personalized recommendation. In M. Chang (Ed.), IEEE 20th international conference on advanced learning technologies (pp. 150–154). IEEE.

    Other Publications

    • With the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Educational Technology Lab), Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart
    • With the Leibniz Institute for Human Development and Educational Information (DIPF), Prof. Dr. Hendrik Drachsler; the University of Bremen, Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter; the Free University of Berlin, Alexander Schulz
    • With the KI-Campus, Stifterverband

    Further research projects of the Department of Educational Theory and Media Education

  • FernUni Hagen