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Prof. Dr. Alexander Renkl



Über kurz oder lang kann das nimmer länger so weitergehen, außer es dauert noch länger, dann kann man nur sagen, es braucht halt alles seine Zeit, und Zeit wär's, dass es bald anders wird (Karl Valentin). 

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University of Freiburg
Psychological Institute
Educational and Developmental Psychology

D-79085 Freiburg

Tel.: ++49 (0) 761 203 3003
Fax: ++49 (0) 761 203 3100


Office hour: Thursday 15-16h. Prior notice is highly recommendable.  

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Manchmal gehen mir meine Meinungen auf die Nerven; aber ich habe keine anderen (Werner Schneyder)  

  • Example-based learning
  • Instructional explanations and self-explanations
  • Learning from multiple representations (multimedia learning)
  • Learning strategies
  • Learning by journal writing
  • Retrieval practice
  • Teachers' pedagogical and psychological knowledge



  • Educational Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

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Selected Recent Publications (Full list of Publications)

Eitel, A., Endres, T., & Renkl, A. (2020). Self-management as a bridge between cognitive load and self-regulated learning: The illustrative case of seductive details. Educational Psychology Review, 32, 1073-1087.

Endres, T., Kranzdorf, L., Schneider, V., & Renkl, A. (2020). It matters how to recall - task differences in retrieval practice. Instructional Science, 48, 699-728.

Nückles, M., Roelle, J., Glogger-Frey, I., Waldeyer, J., & Renkl, A. (2020). The self-regulation view in writing-to-learn: Using journal writing to optimize cognitive load in self-regulated learning. Educational Psychology Review, 32, 1089-1126..

Lachner, A., Backfisch, I., Hoogerheide, V., van Gog, T., & Renkl, A. (2020). Timing matters! Explaining between study phases enhances students' learning. Journal of Educational Psychology, 112, 841-853.

Roelle, J., & Renkl, A. (2020). Does an option to review instructional explanations enhance example-based learning? It depends on learners' academic self-concept. Journal of Educational Psychology, 112, 131-147.

Schalk, L., Roelle, J., Saalbach, H., Berthold, K., Stern, E., & Renkl, A. (2020). Providing worked examples for learning multiple principles. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 34, 813-824.



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