Head of the Institute for Research in Open, Distance and eLearning (IFeL)
Per Bergamin became the first Director of Studies at the Distance Learning University of Hagen (Germany) in Switzerland in 1991. He played a key role in setting up today's Fernuni.ch, in particular the mentoring structures and the two study programmes in psychology and law. He has also implemented the e-learning environment and its didactic foundations at the Swiss Distance Learning University (FFHS) within the framework of mandates and projects. Since 2006, he has been Head of the Institute for Distance Learning and eLearning (IFeL) and in 2010 he was appointed Professor for Distance Learning and e-didactics at the Distance Learning University of Applied Sciences Switzerland (FFHS and SUPSI). Since 2016 he has additionally held the UNESCO Chair in Personalised and Adaptive Distance Education and in May 2020 he was appointed Extraordinary Professor at the Faculty of Education at North-West University (NWU, ZA). His research activities focus on technology-based self-regulated, personalised and adaptive learning, and emotions in reading and learning. As a researcher, he collaborates with or leads various national and international projects. He participates in several Swiss advisory boards for the promotion of e-learning. As a lecturer, he covers the topics of educational psychology and e-didactics. He was also the founder and CEO of a company for e-business, business intelligence and learning applications, which he sold in 2016.