About Me

Until his retirement in July 2020, Daniel K. Schneider was an associate professor at TECFA, a research and teaching unit in the faculty of psychology and education, University of Geneva. Holding a PhD in political science, he has been working in educational technology since 1988 and participated in various innovative pedagogical and technological projects. He has been a prime mover towards the introduction of creative pedagogical strategies and ICT technologies. His long-term R&D interests focus on modular, flexible and open Internet architectures supporting rich and effective educational designs. His current interests include digital design and fabrication (e.g. computerized embroidery or 3D printing), learning process analytics and informal learning (e.g. in citizen science). Within TECFA's "blended" master program in educational technology (MALTT), he teaches educational information & communication systems, foundations of educational technology, and research methodology.

In August 2020, he started creating a company in order to pursue some continuous training, consulting and design activities (soon: a link).

This page contains static information and only is updated every 5-10 years

Mail address
(until 9/2020)

Daniel K. Schneider
University of Geneva
40, boulevard du Pont d'Arve
CH-1211 Geneva 4

Getting in touch
(until 9/2020)

Uni Pignon, boulevard du Pont d'Arve, 5th floor
Phone: (..41) 22 379 9377 (until 9/2020)
Fax: (..41) 22 379 9379

Email: Daniel.Schneider AT unige.ch


University of Geneva

B.A. in Political Science July 15 1978

Licence en science politiques, mention méthodes quantitatives

PhD in political science June 26 1995

Doctorat ès Sciences Economiques et Socials, Mention Science Politique:
Modélisation de la démarche du décideur politique dans la perspective de l'intelligence artificielle. Download: PDF A4 - PDF US letter size


Employment at University of Geneva

Various jobs (assistant, systems engineer, lecturer) 1978 - 2003

Senior lecturer September 2003 - July 2014

Associate professor August 2014 - July 2020

In the official job description, I was professeur associé en nouvelles technologies et pratiques de formation which could translate into associate professor of new technologies and educational practice. To make it short: I was a professor of educational technology.

I retired on 1st August 2020 since I reached the official age limit of 65. I will remain active in the domains of "making" as resident of the Faclab, teaching (in continuous training and other institutions) and do a bit of consulting through my newly founded company, Arbores Tech SARL.

Teaching at University of Geneva

Within our Master program in Educational technology (Maîtrise universitaire en sciences et technologies de l’apprentissage et de la formation – MALTT):

Research & Development in Educational Technology

I started working in Educational Technology 1989 and I am one of the co-founders of the TECFA unit. Since then I have been actively or passively involved in a number of research and development projects.


In the abstract ...

  • Reading
  • Prospecting
  • Discussing
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Programming
  • Managing

A bigger series of skills buttons can be found in my LinkedIn Profile


Use EduTechWiki

Looking for a good place to find information on educational technology. Try EduTechWiki (English) or EduTechWiki (français) ..


  • It takes time. To implement minor changes in your institution, count about 15 years.

  • It takes time. Project-oriented learning designs cannot be implemented for an afternoon. Take a least a month.

  • It takes time. Count 7 +/- 2 years to learn something right.

  • Learning analytics and academic analytics aim generating predictive models of general student behavior for improving the system. However, we already know what is wrong and additional data will not change the fact that people do not want change...

  • The major question is not what pedagogy to use, but which one fits learning goals, subject, target audience, budget, etc.

  • It takes time. Serious educational reforms can take up to 150 years to succeed.

  • The major question is not what pedagogy to use, but how well it is implemented.

  • Social sciences need more design science.


Get In Touch.

Since I hardly find time to get the bare essentials done, I sometimes will not answer an email. If you think that it's important, send it again please, call me or come to my office (the latter works best ...).

Although I do own social networking accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., I don't use these much to communicate. I may answer after a few weeks, if at all ....

Email and phone

daniel.schneider à unige.ch
41 22 379 93 77 (until 9/2020)

Address (until 9/2020)

Daniel K. Schneider
University of Geneva
40, boulevard du Pont d'Arve
CH-1211 Geneva 4