I am Dr. Erik Jentges, an educational developer based in Zurich, Switzerland. I write about learning and teaching. I’m particularly interested in the sociological function of education as a means to develop our future generations. Exploring didactic approaches and the potentials and risks of educational technology are recurring themes.
My ambition is to drive innovation about learning and teaching. My work as the educational developer at ETH Zurich’s Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC) focuses on instructional design, peer learning, critical thinking, and feedback literacy. I head the D-MTEC Teaching Innovations Lab (www.mtec-tlab.ethz.ch).
In the past years, I’ve presented and shared experiences from innovative courses and exercises at the Academy of Management Teaching and Learning Conference (AoM TLC), international Management and Organizational Behaviour Teaching Society (iMOBTS) conference, and Online Educa Berlin (OEB). As a researcher, I’ve presented many papers at several international, European, German, and Swiss conferences over the years. And for more than a decade, I organized intercultural workshops and simulations with several ngos promoting international youth exchanges and adult education across Europe.
Before joining ETH Zurich in 2015, I was the director of the Continuing Education Program at University of Zurich’s Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ). I also worked as an independent strategy consultant for the Cantonal Integration Office Zurich. From 2009 to 2012, I conducted research as a Postdoc at NCCR Democracy and as a Senior Research and Teaching Associate at the “Media & Politics” at University of Zurich. I completed my doctorate in sociology at Humboldt University Berlin in 2009 and hold a diploma in social sciences following studies at Humboldt University Berlin and ENS de Cachan in Paris.
Traveling and living abroad was and is an important part of my identity. I lived in the USA for one year during my high school time. As a conscientious objector to military service, I worked as a gardener and member of the maintenance crew at an agricultural high school in Israel for 13 months. It gave me deep insights on the dynamics of boarding schools and integration projects, conflicts, media news cycles, and how societies deal with trauma and stress. During my studies, I spent another year with the Erasmus programme in Paris, France. And now I have been living as a European in Switzerland for more than a decade.
In 2015, I became an alumni of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC, USA, following a four month research stay as a Global Europe fellow.
Ideas, thoughts, and reflections about learning, teaching, and current developments in higher education. Spiced with a sociological perspective.
I support educators at universities to teach with more impact. Let’s create innovative learning experiences that resonate with your learners.