With effect from 1 September 2018, Professor Marcus Specht has been appointed Director at the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Education and Learning (CEL) and Professor to the Chair of Digital Education at TU Delft’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS).
Professor Specht is currently head of the Welten Institute's research group on Technology Enhanced Learning. The Welten Institute is the research centre for learning, teaching and technology of the Open University. Professor Specht will continue to work at the Institute as a researcher, thus assuring the exchange of academic knowledge with the Centre for Education and Learning. Professor Specht is also coordinator of the Learning & Education theme of the VSNU programme The Digital Society.
Since 2008 Marcus Specht (1967) is Professor for Learning Technologies at the Open University of the Netherlands and has been heading the CELSTEC Learning Technology Labs. He is and was involved and leading a variety of national and international research projects on open and competence-based education, learning analytics, intelligent learning support, and mobile and ubiquitous learning.
Marcus received a Diploma in Psychology in 1995 and a Dissertation from the University of Trier in 1998 on adaptive information technology. After a career in industry Marcus was appointed Associated Professor at the Open University in Heerlen in 2005 where he was working on competence-based education, learning content engineering and management, and personalization for learning. Since 2008 Marcus is full Professor for Learning Technologies at the Educational Technology Expertise Centre of the Open University of the Netherlands. From 2014 he was chairing the board of the Welten Institute, Research Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.