It's me, Jan
Nerd, Researcher, PhD Candidate

About me


I am a researcher at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam Germany and part of the web university / knowledge and learning engineering team. Before entering the academic world, i spent more than 10 years as an CTO of an internet agency. For six years i have taught students on- and offline. In 2013 i joined the web research team at HPI and now i am working on improving the learners experience in scalable online solutions, like MOOCs for life long learning and Schul-Cloud in the school context. My research focusses on the user-centric optimization of large scale e-learning applications. Recent paper publications have dealt with mobile learning, gamification, interactive coding exercises, social learning and learning analytics. Furthermore, i am also an active Open Source Contributor. I was part of the band Team Blender, which you can still find on iTunes and co. In my spare time, i am the co-host of the Berlin branch of “Nerd Nite,” a global talk series offered in over 90 cities that claims to be the “Discovery Channel with beer”. Beside that i like hanging around with my daughter, running in the beautiful parks of Potsdam and riding motorcyles.

Recent and ongoing Projects