Gerd Kortemeyer

Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy
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Gerd Kortemeyer’s research focus is on the use of technology in physics education at the post-secondary level – specifically, on the development of effective tools for online learning, content management, assessment, learning analytics, and educational data mining.

Of particular interest is the data generated from online learning venues – not only in virtual university courses or MOOCs, but also in flipped, blended, or hybrid learning environments. Transaction records, particularly those including formative assessment events, offer unique insight into student learning and educational effectiveness.

Kortemeyer earned his M.Sc. in theoretical nuclear physics from the Universität Hannover, Germany, in 1993; and his Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from MSU in 1997. He was a research assistant at MSU’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (1993-1997), and served as director of MSU’s Laboratory for Instructional Technology in Education, Division of Science and Mathematics Education (1997-2011). Kortemeyer is currently associate professor of physics in MSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, and associate professor of physics education in [Lyman Briggs College](

# Education:
* 1997 - Ph.D., Michigan State University
* 1993 - M.Sc., Universität Hannover

Selected Publications

  • Gerd Kortemeyer & Catherine Westfall, History of Physics: Outing the Hidden Curriculum?, The American Journal of Physics, Volume 77, Issue 10, 875-881 [2009]
  • Gerd Kortemeyer, An Empirical Study of the Effect of Granting Multiple Tries for Online Homework, American Journal of Physics 83, 646-653 [2015]
  • Gerd Kortemeyer, Edwin Kashy, Walter Benenson, and Wolfgang Bauer, Experiences using the open-source learning content management and assessment system LON-CAPA in introductory physics courses, The American Journal of Physics, Volume 76, Issue 4&5, 438-444 [2008]
  • Gerd Kortemeyer, Extending Item Response Theory to Online Homework, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res 10, 010118 [2014]
  • Gerd Kortemeyer, Gender differences in the use of an online homework system in an introductory physics course, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5, 010107 [8 pages] [2009]