Dr. Michael D. Kickmeier-Rust

Senior Researcher and Project Manager

I hold a PhD in cognitive psychology and I am an experienced software developer and project manager. I’m working in the field of educational psychology for over 15 years. My main interests are smart educational technologies, personalization of learning and instruction, formative assessment, learning analytics and educational data mining. Another passion of mine is the related field of game-based learning. Over the past years I increasingly focussed on providing teachers with appropriate technologies and methodologies to support future teaching and training. My work occurs always in the light of melding technological advancements, pedagogical theories, and the cognitive underpinnings of human learning and development.


Presently I’m the coordinator of the European Lea’s Box project.

The project name stands for a Learning Analytics Tool Box and it aims at (a) making educational assessment and appraisal more goal-oriented, proactive, and beneficial for students, and (b) at enabling formative support for teachers and other educational stakeholders on a solid basis of a wide range of information about learners.


Plüddemanngasse 104 / I
8010 Graz, Austria
Phone: +43 316 873-30636
Fax:     +43 316 873-30632
Email: michael.kickmeier-rust@tugraz.at
Facebook:  Facebook.com/LeasLearning


That means, LEA’s BOX is a learning analytics toolbox that is intended to enable educators to perform competence-cantered, multi-source learning analytics that is based on the foundations of sound psycho-pedagogical models, provides intelligent model-based reasoning services, covers innovative visualization techniques, and that is tailored to the very concrete demands and requirements of teachers and learners.


A second major project I'm responsible for, is RAGE, which aims to develop, transform and enrich advanced technologies from the leisure games industry into self-contained gaming assets that support game studios at developing applied games easier, faster and more cost-effectively.



  Past Projects

  Next-Tell: Next Generation Teaching, Education and Learning for Life
  GALA: Games and Learning Alliance
  80Days: Around an Inspiring Virtual Learning World in Eighty Days
  ELEKTRA: Enhanced Learning Experience and Knowldege Transfer
  iClass: Intelligent Distributed Cognitive-based Open Learning System
  ELeGI: European Learning Grid Infrastructure
  PKSIRT: Probabilistic Knowledge Space and Item Response Theories
  EASEL: Educator Access to Services in the Electronic Landscape