Christian Spannagel

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Christian Spannagel (2011)

Christian Spannagel (born November 10, 1976 in Rüsselsheim ) is a German computer scientist and professor of mathematics and mathematics didactics at the Heidelberg University of Education .


Spannagel studied computer science from 1997 to 2003 at the Technical University of Darmstadt with a focus on graphic data processing, program verification, cryptography and computer architecture as well as a minor in psychology with a focus on cognitive psychology. The topic of his diploma thesis was: "Qualitative and quantitative analysis of interaction records". He passed his degree in computer science with distinction.

From 2003 to 2006 he worked as a research assistant in the field of theory-guided development of multimedia learning software for interdisciplinary teaching at the research and junior college "Integrative learning with digital media" at the Ludwigsburg University of Education. In 2006 Christian Spannagel was awarded a Dr. med. At the Faculty of Culture and Natural Sciences at the Ludwigsburg University of Education with his thesis “Processes of use in learning and teaching with computers”. paed. PhD. From 2006 to 2009 he was employed at the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science at the Ludwigsburg University of Education.

This was followed by a substitute professorship at the Heidelberg University of Education in the field of mathematics didactics between 2009 and 2010. Christian Spannagel has been Professor of Mathematics with a focus on computer science and the implementation of new media at the Heidelberg University of Education since 2010. From 2014 to 2017 he was the spokesman for a doctoral college financed by the Stuttgart Ministry of Science, which researched teacher training in Baden-Württemberg.

Spannagel is a supporter of Gothic culture .

Focus of work

In addition to mathematics and computer science didactics, his areas of work also include computer-aided learning and teaching. Among these, learning with Web 2.0 applications, the use of digital media in university teaching - such as in the flipped classroom , process-oriented didactics and public science - all have a recognizable high priority. In this context, public science means that not only “science products” are published, but that initial concepts, ideas, etc. can be put online and discussed during the process of scientific knowledge production. This approach is implemented, for example, for participants in the Massive Open Online Course “Mathematical Thinking and Working Methods in Geometry and Arithmetic”, with the concept of which Spannagel was awarded the 2013 prize in the “MOOC Production Fellowship: Teaching and Learning on the Web” competition from the Stifterverband and iversity. In addition, Spannagel strives for transparent and high-profile research and teaching, for example by publishing his lectures on YouTube and being active as a blogger.

In addition, Spannagel is Vice-Rector for Research, Transfer and Digitization at the University of Education in Heidelberg and Director of the Computer Center.


  • 2008: Teaching award from the Ludwigsburg University of Education for the event concept "Web 2.0 applications in teaching".
  • 2008: Teaching award from the state of Baden-Württemberg for the event concept "Web 2.0 applications in teaching".
  • 2008: "Best Paper Award" of the DeLFI conference 2008 for the article "GUI adaptation in learning contexts" (together with Ulrik Schroeder)
  • 2012: Teaching Award of the State of Baden-Württemberg (together with Michael Gieding and Andreas Schnirch) for "Activating Methods in Mathematics"

Fonts (selection)

  • Usage processes in learning and teaching with computers (= texts on interdisciplinary research and teaching. Volume 1). Franzbecker, Hildesheim / Berlin 2007, ISBN 978-3-88120-443-9 (dissertation, University of Education Ludwigsburg 2006).
  • with M. Zimmermann, C. Bescherer (eds.): Teaching mathematics in the university. Didactic innovations for preliminary courses, exercises and lectures. Franzbecker, Hildesheim / Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-88120-525-2 .
  • with L. Berger, J. Grzega (Ed.): Learning through teaching in focus. Reports from LdL beginners and LdL experts. epubli, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-7375-7860-8 .
  • with A. Zendler: Empirical Foundation of Central Concepts for Computer Science Education. In: Journal of Educational Resources in Computing , No. 8 (2), 2008, Art. 6th
  • with O. Tacke: Lifelong learning and public science in Web 2.0. In: Hessische Blätter für Volksbildung , No. 2012 (4), pp. 335–343.

Web links

Commons : Christian Spannagel  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. The somewhat different Prof. Mannheimer Morgen from June 20, 2012, accessed on March 20, 2019.
  3. Light in the dark of computer fears. Main-Echo of April 9, 2016, accessed March 20, 2019.
  4. Technology that inspires (e). Telekom Foundation website, accessed March 20, 2019.
  6. ( Memento from August 7, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  7. a b State teaching awards from the universities of teacher education 1995 to 2019. Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg, accessed on March 13, 2020 .