Piet Kommers is an early pioneer in media for cognitive- and social support. His
doctoral research explored methods for hypertext and concept mapping in learning.
Since 1982 he developed educational technology as an engineering approach for learning
and teaching. His main thesis is that technology is catalytic for human ambition
and awareness. His main function is associate professor in the University in Twente,
The Netherlands and adjunct/visiting professor in various countries. He taught more
than fifteen bachelor-, master- and PhD courses and supervised more than 30 PhD students.
He instigated and coordinated the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Cognitive Technologies
in 1990 and a large series of Joint European Research Projects in: authoring multimedia,
web-based learning, teacher education, virtual 3d worlds, constructivist learning,
social media, web-based communities and international student exchange.
UNESCO awarded his work in ICT for Education in Eastern Europe with the title of
Honorary Professor. The Capital Normal University in Beijing awarded his work with
the title of Honorary Doctor. He is member of advisory boards in ministries of education
and academia of sciences in Singapore, Finland and Russia.
Piet Kommers is the initiator of the international journal for web-based communities
and overall chair of the IADIS conferences on societal applications of ICT. Since
the late nineties he gave more than 40 invited and keynote lectures at main conferences
in the fields of education, media and communication.
His books and journal articles address the social and intellectual transformations
at each transition from "traditional" into the "new" media. Instead of regarding
media as extrapolating, supplanting, vicarious or even disruptive, Piet's view is
that new media elicit and seduce both individuals and organizations to reconsider
human nature and challenge existential awareness at that very moment.