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Institute of Education

Dominik Petko

Dominik Petko, Prof. Dr.

  • Professor für Allgemeine Didaktik und Mediendidaktik / Professor of Teaching and Educational Technology
+41 44 634 66 02
Kantonsschulstrasse 3, 8001 Zürich
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Research topics

  • Teaching methodology and educational technology
  • Technology related skills and beliefs of teachers
  • Technology integration in schools
  • Game-based learning and serious games
  • Digital technologies in teacher education
  • Media education and digital literacy education

Teaching duties

  • Teaching methodology: Teaching and learning at the Gymnasium (lecture)
  • Educational technology and instructional design (seminar)
  • Digital transformation of society, work and education (seminar)
  • Colloquium for teaching diploma candidates (colloquium)
  • Thesis papers and examinations


  • 2017: CAS Governance and Leadership in Higher Education, University of Zurich
  • 2004: PhD in Social Sciences, University of Göttingen (Dr. disc. pol., summa c. l.)
  • 1999: Master in Pedagogy and ev. Theology, University of Göttingen (with honors)
  • 1989-1999:  Studies of Pedagogy and ev. Theology in Göttingen, Zürich, Sao Leopoldo
  • 1989: Baccalaureate at the Elsa Brändström Gymnasium in Hannover (Germany)


  • Since 2020: Director of the Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary Education at the University of Zurich, Institute of Education
  • Since 2019: Full Professor of Teaching and Educational Technology at the University of Zurich, Institute of Education
  • 2013-2019: Professor and Dean for Research and Development at the Schwyz University of Teacher Education
  • 2003-2013: Professor and Responsible for Research and Development at the University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland Schwyz
  • 2000-2005: Research Assistant at the University of Zurich, Pedagogical Institute
  • 1997-1998: Teaching Assistant at the Pedagogical Seminar, University of Göttingen
  • 1996-2001: Social worker in family intervention programs and youth work projects


  • 2016: best paper award GMW 2016
  • 2014: U.S. International Visitor Leadership Program
  • 2010: best of swiss web award, bronze in Innovation and Public Affairs
  • 2009: grand prix du pacte multimedia von SRG SSR idée suisse
  • 2007: best pr@ctice award of the Swiss Office for Vocational Education and Technology


  • Swiss Society for Research in Education (SGBF)
  • German Society for Educational Science (DGfE)
  • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)

Panels and Boards

  • Since 2019: Member of the steering committee of the Swiss Society for Research in Education
  • Since 2015: Scientific advisory board of the Pro Juventute media professionals program
  • Since 2014: Scientific advisory board of the Swiss Institute for Children's and Youth Media
  • Since 2007: Editorial board of the journal MedienPädagogik (2007-2014 Co-Editor)
  • 2018: Member of the Swiss National Science Foundation Panel for the Digital Lives Program
  • 2013-2017: Member of the Swiss National Science Foundation, Section 1 Panel Psychology & Education

Selected Publications

  • Schmid, M., Brianza, E., & Petko, D. (2020). Developing a short assessment instrument for Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK.xs) and comparing the factor structure of an integrative and a transformative model. Computers & Education, 157 (2020), 103967. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2020.103967
  • Petko, D. (2020). Quo vadis TPACK? Scouting the road ahead. In Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 1277-1286). Online, The Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from
  • Schmid, R., & Petko, D. (2019). Does the use of educational technology in personalized learning environments correlate with self-reported digital skills and beliefs of secondary-school students? Computers & Education, 136. 75-86. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2019.03.006
  • Petko, D., Schmid, R., Müller, L., & Hielscher, M. (2019). Metapholio: A Mobile App for Supporting Collaborative Note Taking and Reflection in Teacher Education. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 24, 699-710. doi:10.1007/s10758-019-09398-6
  • Christensen, R., Eichhorn, K., Prestridge, S., Petko, D., Baker, R., Slighte, H. Allayar, G., & Knezek, G. (2018). Preparing Learning Leaders for the Integration of Technology for Effective Instruction. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 23, 457-472. doi: 10.1007/s10758-018-9385-9
  • Imlig-Iten, N., & Petko, D. (2018). Comparing serious games and educational simulations: Effects on enjoyment, deep-thinking, interest and cognitive learning gains. Simulation & Gaming, 49(4), 401-422. doi: 10.1177/1046878118779088
  • Petko, D., Prasse, D., & Cantieni, A. (2018). The interplay of school readiness and teacher readiness for educational technology integration:  A structural equation model. Computers in the Schools, 35, 1-18. doi: 10.1080/07380569.2018.1428007
  • Petko, D., Egger, N., & Cantieni, A. (2017). Weblogs in Teacher Education Internships: Promoting Reflection and Self-Efficacy while Reducing Stress? Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 33(3), 103-113. doi: 10.1080/21532974.2017.1280434
  • Petko, D., Cantieni, A., & Prasse, D. (2016). Perceived quality of educational technology matters: A secondary analysis of students’ ICT use, ICT-related attitudes and PISA 2012 test scores. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 54, 1071–1091. doi: 10.1177/0735633116649373
  • Iten, N. & Petko, D. (2016). Learning with serious games: Is fun playing the game a predictor of learning success? British Journal of Educational Technology, 47, 151-163. doi: 10.1111/bjet.12226
  • Petko, D., Egger, N., Schmitz, F. M., Totter, A., Hermann, T., & Guttormsen, S. (2015). Coping through blogging: A review of studies on the potential benefits of weblogs for stress reduction. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 9(2), article 5. doi: 10.5817/CP2015-2-5
  • Petko, D., Egger, N. & Wespi, B. (2015). Digital Media Adoption in Schools: Bottom-Up, Top-Down, Complementary or Optional? Computers & Education, 84, 49-61. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2014.12.019
  • Petko, D., Egger, N., & Graber, M. (2014). Supporting learning with weblogs in science education: A comparison of blogging and hand-written reflective writing with and without prompts. Themes in Science and Technology Education, 7(1), 3-17.

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