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DIPF Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education

Rostocker Straße 6
Frankfurt am Main

Research Interests

Educational Technology, Mobile Learning, Learning Analytics, Study Success


Topics to speak on:

Mobile Learning, Educational Technologies, Education in Emergencies, Education for Sustainable Development, Reduction of Education Inequalities

Words of Wisdom

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” (African Proverb).

“Every step you take brings you closer to your dreams.”

“It always seems impossible until it is done” (Nelson Mandela, 2001).


Dr. Jane Yau is a Senior Researcher at the EduTech team at DIPF Leibniz Institute for Research

and Information in Education, Frankfurt, Germany. She holds a PhD in Computer Science

(Mobile Learning) from the University of Warwick, England and held postdoc positions at the

Centre for Learning and Knowledge Technologies (Linnaeus University, Sweden) and

Chair of Learning, Design and Technology (University of Mannheim, Germany). To date,

Jane has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles & conference papers in

Mobile Learning, Learning Analytics and Educational Technologies.


In 2011, Jane was delighted to find out that UNESCO created a section and annual conference

“Mobile Learning Week”, which is the UN’s flagship event on ICT in Education. She dedicates

her time, as a member of the Global Young Academy (2022-27), to a) assist in the global challenges

of increasing equal access to quality education for all learners, b) creating a fairer world to maintain

a social and economic sustainable future for all, c) tackling the current educational crisis and d)

bridging the educational, digital and curriculum gaps worldwide. <UN SDG4>.

Jane is the research coordinator in a German project “highly-informative competence driven feedback for digital learning” (2021-24), which is funded by the Hessen Ministry for Digital Strategies and Development in Germany to enhance digitalisation in education as well as knowledge transfer to society.

Jane is the project manager of an EU project where games are used to engage citizens with the aim of influencing policy-makers’ decisions relating to the climate emergency (2023-26). The team consisting of scientific and private-sector partner organisations is investigating how computer games can be used to improve climate protection. The aim is to raise awareness among citizens of the relevant challenges and to provide policymakers with information on how to align climate protection even more closely with the needs of society. See press release:


2 year Postdoctoral Fellowship, Linnaeus University, Sweden

3 year PhD Research Studentship, University of Warwick, England

1.5 year funding, Female Professor Program, University of Mannheim, Germany

Travel Grant – Women-Go-Abroad-Program, 2021

Travel Grant – Julius-Paul-Stiegler-Memory-Foundation, 2019

Travel Grant – Barbara-Hopf-Foundation, 2017 & 2019