Dr. Olaf Zawacki-Richter

Dr. Olaf Zawacki-Richter

Dr. Olaf Zawacki-Richter

Professor of Educational Technology and COER Director

University of Oldenburg, Germany



Olaf Zawacki-Richter is a professor of educational technology at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences and Director of the Center for Open Education Research (COER). Olaf has over 25 years of professional experience in the field of open, distance, and digital education. He has also served as a consultant and advisor, including work for the United Nations' International Labor Organization, the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag, and the German Science and Humanities Council (Wissenschaftsrat).

Dr. Zawacki-Richter has authored over 150 journal articles and edited several books, including "Online Distance Education – Towards a Research Agenda", "Systematic Reviews in Educational Research", "Open and Distance Education in Australia, Europe and the Americas: National Perspectives in a Digital Age"(Vol. 1), and "Open and Distance Education in Asia, Africa and the Middle East: National Perspectives in a Digital Age" (Vol. 2) – all published open access. He is an Associate Editor of the "Online Learning Journal" (OLJ) and a member of the editorial board of the "International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning" (IRRODL), "Open Learning", the "Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education" (Turkey), and the “The Journal for Higher Education Development” (Austria). In 2022 Olaf published together with Professor Insung Jung the open-access Handbook of Open, Distance, and Digital Education (ODDE) in Springer's Major Reference Series.

His publications are available on ResearchGate and GoogleScholar.

His ORCID is 0000-0003-1482-8303.

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