Prof. Dr. Olaf Zawacki Richter

Prof. Dr. Olaf Zawacki-Richter

Director, Center of Open Education Research (COER)
Carl von Ossietzky University
Oldenburg, Germany

Career, Research Areas, and Projects

Olaf Zawacki-Richter is professor of educational technology and learning design at the University of Oldenburg, Faculty of Education and Social Sciences. Between 2008 and 2010 Dr. Zawacki-Richter held a fixed term professorship in educational technology at the FernUniversity in Hagen, Germany's Open University. He is Associate Editor of the journal "Distance Education" and a member of the editorial board of the "International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning" (IRRODL), "Open Learning" and the “The Journal for Higher Education Development”. Olaf has authored over 140 publications and served as invited keynote speaker, chair and reviewer at many international conferences. Together with Terry Anderson, Olaf has edited the book “Online Distance Education - towards a research agenda“ published by Athabasca University Press (open access). Professor Zawacki-Richter is the founding Director of the Center for Open Education Research (COER) and the Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning (C3L) at Oldenburg University. His publications are available on ResearchGate and GoogleScholar.

Selected Publications

  • Zawacki-Richter, O., Kerres, M., Bedenlier, S., Bond, M., & Buntiens, K. (Hrsg.). (2019). Systematic reviews in educational research: methodology and applications. Heidelberg: Springer Open. Forthcoming.
  • Zawacki-Richter, O. & Qayyum, A. (Hrsg.). (2019). Open and Distance Education in Asia, Africa and the Middle East: National Perspectives in a Digital Age (Vol. 2). Singapore: Springer. Im Druck.
  • Bond, M., Zawacki-Richter, O., & Nichols, M. (2019). Revisiting five decades of educational technology research: A content and authorship analysis of the British Journal of Educational Technology: Revisiting five decades of educational technology research. British Journal of Educational Technology, 50(1), 12–63.
  • Qayyum, A., & Zawacki-Richter, O. (Hrsg.). (2018). Open and Distance Education in Australia, Europe and the Americas: National Perspectives in a Digital Age (Vol. 1). Singapore: Springer.
  • Zawacki-Richter, O., & Latchem, C. (2018). Exploring four decades of research in Computers & Education. Computers & Education, 122, 136–152. DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2018.04.001
  • Zawacki-Richter, O. (2018). The Industrialization Theory of Distance Education Revisited. In I. Jung (Ed.), Open and Distance Education Theory Revisited: Implications for the Online Era. Singapore: Springer. Forthcoming.
  • Zawacki-Richter, O., & Stöter, J. (2018). Angebotsformen des Fernstudiums mit digitalen Medien in der wissenschaftlichen Weiterbildung. In M. Rohs & W. Jütte (Hrsg.), Handbuch Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung. Berlin: Springer. Im Druck.
  • Zawacki-Richter, O., & Mayrberger, K. (2017). Qualität von OER: Internationale Bestandsaufnahme von Instrumenten zur Qualitätssicherung von Open Educational Resources (OER) – Schritte zu einem deutschen Modell am Beispiel der Hamburg Open Online University. Hamburg: Hamburg Open Online University. Retrieved from sonderbaende/qualitaet-von-oer-2017.pdf
  • Zawacki-Richter, O. (2016). Offene Hochschulen - Open Education im Spiegel internationaler Entwicklungen. Synergie - Fachmagazin für Digitalisierung in der Lehre, 1(2), 24–27.
  • Zawacki-Richter, O. (2015). Zur Mediennutzung im Studium – unter besonderer Berücksichtigung heterogener Studierender. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, 18(3), 527–549.
  • Zawacki-Richter, O., Müskens, W., Krause, U., Alturki, U., & Aldraiweesh, Ahmed. (2015). Student media usage patterns and non-traditional learning in higher education. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 16(2), 136-170.
  • Zawacki-Richter, O., & Anderson, T. (Hrsg.). (2014). Online distance education - Towards a research agenda. Athabasca, Edmonton, Canada: Athabasca University Press.
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