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WHL Graduate School of Business and Economics (WHL)
Chair, Department of Vocational Education, Focus on Further Training and Educational Management

 Contact details
Contact personProf. Dr. Michael Klebl
StreetHohbergweg 15-17 
Address 77399 - Lahr (Germany) 
EmailShow Email
Social Media+49(0)7821/9238-63
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)1-10 
Organisation TypeSecondary or higher education establishment 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Economics
» Psychology
» Sociology
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)

 Brief description of your activity focus
Research interests include use and adoption of ICT, especially CSCW-tools and social media, in distance education and workplace learning.

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Michael Klebl holds the Chair of Vocational Education with focus on Further Training and Educational
Management at the WHL Graduate School of Business and Economics, Germany. He has coordinated
several research projects, including funding by the Federal German Ministry of Research (BMBF) and by
the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Current research concentrates on learning processes in groups that are supported by digital media and
computer networks. Starting points for research projects are – beside distance education as area of
both research and teaching - knowledge acquisition and knowledge transfer in the context of
cooperative working processes and corporate training.
The Chair of Vocational Education at the WHL offers extensive expertise in
  • open, online and distance education

  • educational management

  • workplace studies, especially developmental work research

  • game based learning

  • computer supported collaborative learning

  • competence modelling and measurement

Relevant technologies include
  • collaborative audio-based storytelling

  • IMS Learning Design

  • educational content repositories
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Changing role of knowledge throughout the economy
» Structural changes in the knowledge economy and society
» Wide socio-economic foresight on key challenges
» Mutual learning and co-operation

 Project participation
Project #1
Project TypeNational
Project TitleCampusContent
Project #2
Project TypeNational
Project TitleAQUIMO
Project #3
Project TypeOther (International)
Project TitleCities in Balance – Active Cities for all Ages
Project #4
Project TypeOther (International)
Project TitleISTUS

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Michael Klebl has participated in national and international research projects, including

  • CampusContent (2007-2009): Competence centre for research information funded by the German
    Research Foundation (DFG); transdisciplinary research in a team of computer science and pedagogy
    experts with the aim to support sharing, joint development and reuse of learning material and pedagogical
    knowledge, both through methodological and technical contributions

  • AQUIMO (2006-2010): Research project funded by the Federal German Ministry of Research (BMBF);
    development of an adaptable modeling tool and a related qualification program for mechatronic
    engineering in companies that are engaged in mechanical and plant engineering; social scientific research
    concerning the socio-ergonomic issues in interdisciplinary projects and communities

  • Cities in Balance – Active Cities for all Ages (2008-2011): Transnational regional development project
    funded by the European Union within the Interreg IVb programme; involving ten North-Western European
    partner cities of four different countries; exploring and developing innovative strategies to address both
    the challenges and the opportunities that come with demographic ageing for cities and communities

  • ISTUS – Institutional Strategies for the Uptake of Social Networking in Adult Education (2011-present):
    Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Partnership supported by the European Union; involving seven educational
    institutions from seven member states; exploring examples and defining strategies of sucessful and efficient
    uptake of technologies and applications of Web2.0, both on an individual level of educational staff and on
    an institutional level

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