Development of media competencies

Every day over 100 billion e-mails are sent. Countless people use social networks such as Facebook and mobile messaging apps like WhatsApp. Today, the variety of communication media is an inherent part of everyday life.

The implicitness with which we use various media leads to a growing need for competencies. Thus, modern communication psychology is dealing with researching and imparting this media competence.


Associated with imparting media competence

is the ever increasing importance of the approachto e-learning.

This teaching method implies structured online

access to the learning content.

The use of multimedia content is possible as well.

By these means, coping and problem-solving strategies

can be learned that enable a healthier as well as more

efficient and effective handling today’s daily information flood.



Publications on this topic:

  • Cornelius, C., Schumann, G., & Boos, M. (2009). Zeit- und Zielemanagement für NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen. Evaluation eines Online-Coaching. Organisationsberatung Supervision Coaching OSC, Bd. 16, 09/1, 54-65. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
  • Boos, M., Müller, A. & Cornelius, C. (2008). OnlineModeration und Teletutoring. Medienkompetenz für Lehrende. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.
  • Boos, M. & Jonas, K.J. (2008). Medienvermittelte Kommunikation. In B. Batinic & M. Appel (Hrsg.), Medienpsychologie (S. 195-217). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Boos, M., Rack, O., Schauenburg, B. (2008). Wissenskommunikation in computergestützten Gruppen – Theoretischer Hintergrund und empirische Befunde. Information Wissenschaft & Praxis, 59, 1, 41-48.
  • Gurtner, A., Kolbe, M. & Boos, M. (2008). Antecedents and consequences of trust in virtual teams in organizations. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. Special Issue: Team innovation, knowledge and performance management: Requirements for different types of teamwork.
  • Gurtner, A., Kolbe, M. & Boos, M. (2007). Satisfaction in virtual teams in organizations. The Electronic Journal for Virtual Organizations and Networks, 9, Special Issue "The Limits of Virtual Work".
  • Sassenberg, K., Boos, M. & Rabung, S. (2005). Attitude change in face to face and computer-mediated communication: Private self-awareness as mediator and moderator. European Journal of Social Psychology, 35, 361-374.