Magª. Teresa Schäfer / Schaefer, (formerly known as Holocher-Ertl)

Section: Technology and Knowledge

Function: researcher, project leader



Work and research focus:

Public participation in scientific research

User-centred design and evaluation of socio-technical innovations in communication and learning

Project communication

Running and completed projects:

Other Publications:

Schaefer T., Kieslinger B., Brandt M., van den Bogaert V. (2021) Evaluation in Citizen Science: The Art of Tracing a Moving Target. In: Vohland K. et al. (eds) The Science of Citizen Science. Springer, Cham.

Haklay M., Fraisl D., Greshake Tzovaras B., Hecker S., Gold M., Hager G., Ceccaroni L., Kieslinger B., Wehn Uta, Woods S., Nold C., Balázs B., Mazzonetto M., Ruefenacht., Shanley L. A., Wagenknecht K., Motion A., Sforzi A., Riemenschneider D., Dorler D., Heigl F., Schaefer T., Lindner A., Weißpflug M., Mačiulienė M. and Vohland K. (2021). Contours of citizen science: a vignette study. R. Soc. open sci.8:202108

Kieslinger B, Schaefer T, Fabian CM, Biasin E, Bassi E, Freire RR, Mowoh N, Arif N and Melis P (2021) Covid-19 Response From Global Makers: The Careables Cases of Global Design and Local ProductionFront. Sociol. 6:629587. doi: 10.3389/fsoc.2021.629587

Schaefer, T., Kieslinger, B., Fabian, C.M. (2020) Citizen-Based Air Quality Monitoring: The Impact on Individual Citizen Scientists and How to Leverage the Benefits to Affect Whole Regions. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 5(1): 6, pp. 1–12. DOI:

Schaefer, T., Fabian, C.M, Kopp, T. (2020) The dynamics of online learning at the workplace: peer-facilitated social learning and the application in practice. British Journal of Educational Technology, 51(4), doi:10.1111/bjet.12894

Kopp, T., Kinkel, S., Schäfer, T., Kieslinger, B. and Brown, A. (2020), Measuring the impact of learning at the workplace on organisational performance, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

Haklay, Muki, Motion, Alice, Balázs, Bálint, Kieslinger, Barbara, Greshake Tzovaras, Bastian, Nold, Christian, … Wehn, Uta. (2020, April 1). ECSA's Characteristics of Citizen Science. Zenodo.

Schaefer, T., Kieslinger, B. (2019) Citizen Science: Different Scopes of Citizens’ Involvement in Research. Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Springer, New York, NY,

Schaefer, T. , Rahn, J. , Kopp, T. , Fabian, C. M. and Brown, A. (2019), Fostering online learning at the workplace: A scheme to identify and analyse collaboration processes in asynchronous discussions. British Journal of Educational Technology, Vol 50 No 3, 1354–1367

Bimrose, J., Brown, A., Mulvey, R., Kieslinger, B., Fabian, C., Schaefer, T., Kinkel, S., Kopp, T., Dewanti, R. (2018). Transforming identities and co-constructing careers of career counsellors. Journal of Vocational Behaviour.

Kieslinger, B., Tschank, J., Schaefer, T., Fabian, C.M. (2018). Working in increasing isolation? How an international MOOC for career professionals supports peer learning across distance. Internationl Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC), Vol 11, Issue 1,

Wolf, C., Schaefer, T., Curcovic, K., Vlahovic, T., Rees, A. and J. Tschank (2018), Empowering Public Employment Service Practitioners’ peer facilitation with peer coaching training. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 16 (1), Springer

Kieslinger, B., Schäfer, T., Heigl, F., Dörler, D., Richter, R., Bonn, B. (2017). The Challenge of Evaluation: An Open Framework for Evaluating Citizen Science Activities. SocArXiv. September 20.

Voigt, C., Kieslinger, B., Schäfer, T. (2017). User Experiences Around Sentiment Analyses, Facilitating Workplace Learning, in: Human-Computer Interaction International Conference. Vancouver, Canada, 9-14 July. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-58562-8_24

Schaefer, T. et al. (2017) "Chapter 5.2: Strengthening professional networks and peer support: lessons learned." EmployID: Empowering Change in Public Employment Services. Part II, 2017, download here.

Schaefer, T. et al. (2017) "Chapter 6.2: Building resourceful learning capacity: lessons learned." EmployID: Empowering Change in Public Employment Services. Part II, 2017, download here.

Kroop, S., Schäfer, T., Kieslinger, B. (2016) The CAPTOR project: Joint Efforts Reducing Ozone Pollution. Front. Environ. Sci. Conference Abstract: Austrian Citizen Science Conference 2016. doi: 10.3389/conf.FENVS.2016.01.00010

Attwell, G., Kieslinger, B., Blunk, O., Schmidt, A., Schäfer, T., Jelonek, M., Kunzmann, C., Prilla, M., Renard, C. (2016). Workplace Learning Analytics for Facilitation in European Public Employment Services. In: LAK 2016 Workshop on Learning Analytics for Workplace and Professional Learning. 

Schaefer Teresa and Barbara Kieslinger (2016). ‘Supporting emerging forms of citizen science: a plea for diversity, creativity and social innovation’. Journal of Science Communication (JCOM) 15 (02), Y02.

Haritou, Maria, Athanasios Anastasiou, Maria Schwarz-Woelzl, Teresa Holocher-Ertl, Michael Mulquin, Idoia Olalde, Ioannis Kouris, and Dionysios-Dimitrios Koutsouris. (2016) "A Context-Aware Social Networking Platform Built Around the Needs of Elderly Users: The Go-myLife Experience." mHealth Ecosystems and Social Networks in Healthcare. Springer International Publishing, 2016. 119-135.

Silva, C. G., Monteiro, A., Manahl, C., Lostal, E., Schäfer, T., Andrade, N., Brasileiro, F., Mota, P. G., Serrano, F., Carrodeguas, J. A., Brito, R. M. M. (2016). ‘Cell Spotting: educational and motivational outcomes of cell biology citizen science project in the classroom’. Journal of Science Communication 15 (01), A02

Schaefer, T. et al. (2016) "Chapter 3: Evaluation Framework." EmployID: Empowering Change in Public Employment Services. Part II, 2017, download here.

Schaefer, T., Kieslinger B. und C.M. Fabian (2015): Kriterienkatalog zur Bewertung von Citizen Science Projekten und Projektanträgen. Im Auftrag des Bundesminsterium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft (bmwfw).

Holocher-Ertl, T., Kieslinger, B., (2015): Citizen Science: BürgerInnen schaffen Innovationen. In Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft im Dialog: Responsible Science. Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft (bmwfw).

Teresa Holocher-Ertl, Christine Kunzmann, Lars Müller, Verónica Rivera Pelayo, Andreas P. Schmidt, Carmen Wolf
Motivational and Affective Aspects in Technology Enhanced Learning (MATEL). Workshop-Proceedings of MATEL Workshop 2013-2014.
KIT Scientific Working Paper vol. 26, KIT, 2015

Serrano Sanz, F., Holocher-Ertl, T., Kieslinger, B., García, F.S. and Cândida G. Silva (2014): White Paper on Citizen Science in Europe.

C.G. Silva, et. al. (2014): SOCIENTIZE participatory experiments, dissemination and networking activities in perspective. Human Computation Journal, 1:2

Bimrose, J., Brown, A., Holocher-Ertl, T., Kieslinger, B.,  Kunzmann, C., Prilla, M., Schmidt, A.P., and C. Wolf (2014): The Role of Facilitation in Technology-Enhanced Learning for Public Employment Services, International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC), vol. 7, no. 3, 2014, pp. 56-65

Holocher-Ertl, T., Kunzmann, C., Müller, L., Rivera-Pelayo, V., Schmidt, A.P. (2013): Motivational and Affective Aspects in Technology Enhanced Learning: Topics, Results and Research Route. EC-TEL 2013: 460-465

Holocher-Ertl, T., Kieslinger, B., Fabian, C.M. (2013): Motivational drivers and barriers for computer-supported learning processes between schools and scientific institutions, MATEL 2013 Workshop @ ECTEL, Cyprus.

Holocher-Ertl, T., Kieslinger, B., Fabian, C.M. (2012): Designing for the Users or with the Users? A Participatory Design Approach for Science Teaching in Schools. In the Proceedings of the 22nd annual eChallenges e-2012 Conference, October 2012, Lisbon, Portugal.

Holocher-Ertl, T., Schwarz-Woelzl, M. (2012): Mobile Social Networking Platforms and Their Potential for Adressing Social Needs of Older People. Presentation at the IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing, May 2012, Prague.

Holocher-Ertl, T., Kieslinger, B., Fabian, C.M. (2012): Linking Schools with Science: How Innovative Tools Can Increase the Effectiveness of Science Teaching in the Classroom.  In Proceedings of the 2012 EDEN Annual Conference, June 2012, Porto, Portugal

Holocher-Ertl, T., Fabian, C.M., Siadaty, M., Jovanović, J., Pata, K., Gašević, D. (2011): Self-regulated Learners and Collaboration: How Innovative Tools Can Address the Motivation to Learn at the Workplace? in Proceedings of EC-TEL 2011, LNCS 6964, pp. 506–511, 2011.

Holocher, T., Kieslinger, B., Fabian, C.M. (2011): Applying Participatory Methods to Address Motivational Aspects in Informal Workplace Learning. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC), Vol 4, No 1, ISSN: 1867-5565

Holocher-Ertl, T., Kieslinger, B. (2011). Partizipatives Design als Innovation im Wissensmanagement. In Pendeln zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis. Reflexionen über das Arbeiten an sozialen Innovationen. Vienna: LIT Verlag.

Holocher-Ertl, T. & Schwarz-Woelzl, M. (2011). Methodology of research in requirements elicitation with older people (Go-myLife report No. 2.1). Retrieved from

Holocher-Ertl, T. & Schwarz-Woelzl, M. (2011). Participatory workshops with older people (Go-myLife report No. 2.2). Retrieved from

Schwarz-Woelzl, M. & Holocher-Ertl, T. (2011). Synthesis Report on target group analysis and user needs and requirements (Go-myLife report No. 2.3). Retrieved from

Holocher-Ertl, T. & Schwarz-Woelzl, M. (2011). Methodology of pilot testing and evaluation with older people (Go-myLife report No. 6.1). Retrieved from

Holocher, T., Kieslinger, B., Fabian, C.M. (2010): Participatory methods and their implications in collaborative workplace learning. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimeida, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2010 (pp. 7-15).

Holocher, T., Kieslinger, B., Fabian, C.M. (2010): How to motivate participation in informal workplace learning: Participatory methods and their implications. In Proceedings of the International conference on E-Learning in the Workplace 2010, June 2010, New York, NY, USA

Siadaty, M., Jovanović, J., Pata, K., Holocher-Ertl, T., Gašević, D., Milikić, N. (2011): A Sematic Web-enabled Tool for Self-Regulared Learning in the Workplace.In Proceedings of the 11th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies.

Siadaty, M., Jovanovic, J., Gasevic, D., Jermic, Z., Holocher, T. (2010): Leveraging Semantic Technologies for Harmonization of Individual and Organizational Learning. In Proceedings of EC-Tel 2010, Barcelona, Spain, LNCS 6383, pp. 340-356

Obrist, M., Miletich, M., Holocher, T., Beck, E., Kepplinger, S., Muzak, P., Bernhaupt, R., Tscheligi, M. (2009) Local communities & iptv: Lessons learned in an early design and development phase. Computers in Entertainment.

Obrist, M., Moser, C., Alliez, D., Holocher, T., and Tscheligi, M. (2009) Connecting tv & pc: An in-situ field evaluation of an unified electronic program guide concept. In EuroiTV2009: 7th European conference on interactive television.

Holocher-Ertl, T.: Vom Unternehmenspiloten zum Unternehmensdesigner : das Beer Distribution Game - eine kritische Betrachtung der Lernerfahrungen aus dem Spiel und dessen Debriefing / Teresa Holocher-Ertl , 2003 . - 185 Bl. Wien, Wirtschaftsuniv., Dipl.-Arb., 2004 . -

Participation at events:

Education and career:

Master of Business Administration at the Vienna University for Economics (2003)

June 07 - August 09 User-centred design and evaluation of networked audiovisual media, based on the concepts "technology driving social innovation" and "social innovation driving technology" within the FP6 IP "CITIZEN MEDIA - social change" (as employee from Sonovista - creative tools for e-society).

Nov03 - Jun05 User-centred design and integration of e-government services optimizing the information flow between citizens and the regional government authority of Vorarlberg.

August 01 - October 03 User-centred design and development of internal and external internet services together with and for employees of the Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG (as employee from OeKB)

Jul99 - Jul 00 Management of the 200 European Extranet Sites of IBM as interface between end-users from marketing/sales and technicians, training of new employees and optimization of documentation and update-processes (as employee from IBM)

October 89 - December 99 Conception and project management of e-Lisa, the first and biggest online academy for teachers in Austria (as employee from Margetich & Miletich)

October 95-October 98 Management of divers web-projects for Casions Austria, Berglandmilch, Wienerberger (as employee from Missing Link - Media research group)