Postdoctoral Researcher in the Educational Technologies Group at DIPF
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Joshua Weidlich is a postdoctoral researcher in the Educational Technologies Group at DIPF. An educational researcher by training, his research interests are at the intersection of education, technology, and psychology. He received his doctorate on the topic of social presence in online distance learning environment in 2021 from the FernUniverstität in Hagen, the largest German distance education university. He has worked as research staff at the Department of Instructional Technology & Media at FernUniversität in Hagen as well as the Department of Technology-Enhanced Learning at Heidelberg University of Education.
  • Social Presence
  • Psychosocial processes in online learning environments
  • Research methods in Educational Technology
  • Causal Inference in observational research
  • Virtual Internships in Distance Education
  • Evidence-based communication in Medicine
  • DELTA School
  • PhD in Educational Technology, FernUniversität in Hagen
  • M.A. in E-Learning and Media Education, Heidelberg University of Education
  • B.A. in Educational Science, Chemnitz University of Technology

Selected Publications

  • Kreijns, K., Bijker, M., & Weidlich, J. (2020). A Rasch Analysis Approach to the Development and Validation of a Social Presence Measure. In Rasch Measurement (pp. 197-221). Springer, Singapore.
  • Weidlich, J., & Bastiaens, T. J. (2019). Pathway to presence: An investigation of ambient awareness in online learning environments. Interactive Learning Environments, 1-14.
  • Weidlich, J., & Bastiaens, T. J. (2019). Designing sociable online learning environments and enhancing social presence: An affordance enrichment approach. Computers & Education, 142, 103622.
  • Weidlich, J., Kreijns, K., Rajagopal, K., & Bastiaens, T. (2018, June). What Social Presence is, what it isn’t, and how to measure it: A work in progress. In EdMedia+ Innovate Learning (pp. 2142-2150). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • Weidlich, J., & Bastiaens, T. J. (2018). Technology matters–The impact of transactional distance on satisfaction in online distance learning. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 19(3).
  • Weidlich, J., & Bastiaens, T. J. (2017). Explaining social presence and the quality of online learning with the SIPS model. Computers in Human Behavior, 72, 479-487.