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Prof. Matthias Siebeck

Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat
Department of Surgery

Matthias Siebeck is both a surgeon and medical educator. As a surgeon, he is specialized in inflammatory bowel disease and cancer surgery. As a medical educator, he is a curriculum organizer for undergraduate medical students at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, and has studied teaching with simulations, together with educational psychologist Frank Fischer. He was Co-founder of Center for International Health in 2009. He has supported teaching mental health at the Jimma University in Ethiopia.

His interest in the impact of outdated beliefs among patients and students regarding inflammatory bowel disease, which are contrary to more contemporary concepts of the disease, has led him to the LEADS project through which he hopes to improve the medical education curriculum at LMU. His role in Reinhard Pekrun’s LEADS project, “Socio-cognitive Conflict, Epistemic Emotions, and Learning”, is to create and validate the subject matter aspect of the learning environment.

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 Dr. Frank Fischer

Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

Frank Fischer (*1965) earned his Doctorate in Psychology in 1997, and his Habilitation (professorial dissertation) in Psychology and Educational Science in 2002, both from the University of Munich. He was an Assistant Professor for Applied Cognitive Psychology and Media Psychology at the University of Tuebingen and held a professorship for Instructional Psychology at the University of Erfurt (2002-2003). From 2004-2006 he was an Associate Professor for Research on Learning and Instruction at the University of Tuebingen and head of the research unit Collaborative Knowledge Construction at the Knowledge Media Research Center. Since October 2006, he is a Full Professor of Educational Science and Educational Psychology at the University of Munich. From 2008-2010 he held the position of Director of the Department of Psychology at this university. Since 2009, he is the speaker of the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences, an interdisciplinary collaboration of more than 30 research groups focussing on advancing research on learning „From Cortex to Community“. In this context, he is also directing the Doctoral Training Program „Learning Sciences“. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of the Learning Sciences. Since 2011 he has been serving as the Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Science at the LMU. Since 2012 he has been serving as President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences.

His own research revolves around learning and instruction, with projects on collaborative learning, problem-based learning as well as inquiry and simulation-based learning. An overarching question is how technology-enhanced learning environments can advance knowledge and skills of learners in school, higher and further education. With respect to methodology, he has been contributing to the development of an inspired basic research approach in the field of learning and instruction. He has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited 6 books and special issues of scientific journals.

In the LEADS project entitled “Socio-cognitive Conflict, Epistemic Emotions, and Learning” headed by Theme 2 Leader Reinhard Pekrun in Germany, Frank will be responsible for the design and implementation of collaborative learning activities of the students who participate in the project experiments. He contributes rich experience with experimental and field-studies on collaborative learning, which is also supported by his current positions of speaker of the Munich Center for the Learning Sciences (MCLS) and President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).

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