Dirk Ifenthaler is Professor and Chair of Learning, Design and Technology at University of Mannheim, Germany and UNESCO Deputy Chair of Data Science in Higher Education Learning and Teaching at Curtin University, Australia.

His previous roles include Professor and Director, Centre for Research in Digital Learning at Deakin University, Australia, Manager of Applied Research and Learning Analytics at Open Universities, Australia, and Professor for Applied Teaching and Learning Research at the University of Potsdam, Germany. He was a 2012 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, at the University of Oklahoma, USA. At the University of Latvia, Latvia, he was involved in the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art as a Visiting Senior Researcher. In 2023, Dirk was a Visiting Professor in the Dipartimento di Pedagogia, Psicologia, Filosofia at the University of Cagliari, Italy.

Dirk’s research focuses on the intersection of cognitive psychology, educational technology, data analytics, and organisational learning. His research outcomes include numerous co-authored books, book series, book chapters, journal articles, and international conference papers, as well as successful grant funding in Australia, Germany, and USA.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Technology, Knowledge and Learning and Editor-in-Chief of Educational Technology & Society.