the chair

the chair

ما التحدي الذي تمثله المقررات الالكترونية المفتوحة لعامة الناس أمام الجامعات التقليدية؟

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Michael Jäckel is the current president of Trier University, Germany. After his Ph.D. in 1990 and the state doctorate (habilitation) in 1995 at the University of Mainz, Germany he accepted a call of Trier University where he is holding the chair of sociology since 1996. He is teaching sociology, especially sociology of media and consumption. His research activities include the study of media and advertising effects, audience behavior as well as consumption patterns and the diffusion of new communication technologies in modern societies. During his time as a vice-president of Trier University he conducted several projects in the field of e-learning. After becoming president he was nominated to be a member of the working group "New Media and Knowledge diffusion" in the German Rectors' Conference. He is currently involved in the elaboration of a working paper about MOOCs. One of his recent publications is concerned with the sociology of time (2012). He is author of several textbooks: about media effects (5th edition 2011, 1st edition 1999), about the sociology of consumption (4th edition 2011, 1st edition 2004) and about sociology as a discipline (2010). Since 1994 he is a member of the German Sociological Association, from 2003 to 2011 he was the chairman of the section "Sociology of media and communication". He is also a member of the German Communication Association and the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). Since 2005 he is a guest professor at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota. He worked in and for several scientific committees, e.g. the Advisory Board for Time Use Research of the Federal Statistical Office Germany, the European Media Institute and a working group of the German Council of Science. Michael Jäckel was born in 1959, he is married and has two children.