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Prof. Dr. Alexander Renkl



Es ist schon alles gesagt, nur noch nicht von allen (Karl Valentin) 

Postal Address

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 hours - summer 2019: 6.8., 3.9., and 1.10; 15.30 to 16.30


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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
  • Teachers' pedagogical and psychological knowledge



  • Educational Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

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Selected Recent Publications (Full list of Publications)

Eitel, A., Bender, L., & Renkl, A. (2019). Are seductive details seductive only when you think the are relevant? An experimental test of the moderating role of perceived relevance. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 33, 20-30.

Glogger-Frey, I., Gaus, K., & Renkl, A. (2017). Learning from direct instruction: Best prepared by several self-regulated or guided invention activities? Learning & Instruction, 51, 26-35.  

Glogger-Frey, I., Deutscher, M., & Renkl, A. (2018). Student teachers' prior knowledge as prerequisite to learn how to assess pupils' learning strategies. Teaching and Teacher Education, 76, 227-241.

Hoogerheide,, V., Renkl, A., Fiorella, L., Paas, F., & van Gog, T. (2019). Enhancing example-based learning: Teaching on video increases arousal and improves problem-solving performance. Journal of Educational Psychology, 111, 45-56..

Endres, T., Carpenter, S., Martin, A., & Renkl, A. (2017). Enhancing learning by retrieval: Enriching free recall with elaborative prompting. Learning & Instruction, 49 , 13-20. 

Renkl, A., & Scheiter, K. (2017). Studying visual displays: How to instructionally support learning. Educational Psychology Review, 29, 599-621




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