Dr. Olaf Zawacki-Richter
Professor of Educational Technology and COER Director
University of Oldenburg, Germany
Olaf Zawacki-Richter was awarded his PhD (The Development of Online Degree Programs) in 2003, and received his habilitation in June 2010 at the University of Mainz, with a focus on further education. From 2003-2007, Dr Zawacki-Richter was a Project Director at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, where he was responsible for online education projects in the banking sector. He was then a Professor of Educational Technology at the Fernuniversität in Hagen (2008-2010) and since October 2010 he has been a Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Oldenburg.
He has authored over 120 articles, book contributions, books and editorials, and is an Associate Editor of the journal Distance Education, as well as a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Open Learning, and the Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung. He has given keynote presentations, workshops and lectures at international conferences in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, UK, Columbia, Croatia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Hungary and the USA. Olaf Zawacki-Richter has worked as a consultant for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Science Council, the Swiss National Science Foundation and various accreditation agencies.
At the University of Oldenburg, Dr Zawacki-Richter is a member of the Council of the Institute for Education. Previously, he was a member of the faculty council and was also Vice Dean and Dean of Studies. At the Center for Lifelong Learning (C3L) he has been responsible for obtaining more than €12 million in third-party funding for continuing education projects, including the creation of a new international master's degree program (Management of Technology-Enhanced Learning), which is based on the Master of Distance Education and e-Learning degree program run in conjunction with the University of Maryland University College (USA) from 1999-2018.