Joseph Ferdinand, M.Sc.

Joseph Ferdinand is a research assistant at the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology.




Research interest

The focus of my research is the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in education both as a learning tool (for teaching and learning) and as a research instrument (facilitating the reproduction and the manipulation of different aspects of teaching). My overall goal is to use the full potential of VR to examine under what conditions students learn most effectively and study how different settings and didactic approaches facilitate learning.

This academic research topic goes hand in hand with LEAD’s mission: to foster interdisciplinary cooperation, to support high quality empirical research – through its PhD Training Program and its large organisational resources - and to contribute to national and international education policy through publications of empirical evidence regarding “the best” approaches in education.

LEAD Intersection 1: Learning Processes and Outcomes
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Trautwein & Dr. Richard Göllner

Curriculum Vitae

since April 2018
Research Assistant

Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology

Nov. 2015 – Mar. 2018
Psychosocial Counselor

„Die Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e. V.“

Oct. 2014 – Feb. 2018
M. Sc., Psychology

Leipzig University

Nov. 2012 – May 2013
Academic Assistant

Department of Social Psychology, Heidelberg University

Mar. 2011 – Mar. 2014
B. Sc., Psychology

Heidelberg University

Oct. 2005 – Jan. 2010
Foundation Studies in Human and Social Sciences and basic studies in Psychology

State University of Haiti