Designing innovative educational applications

The fast development of contemporary technology and techniques is changing conditions for learning in profound ways. Learning has, with the wide spread use of technology, like lap top computer, smart phones, and tablet computers in conjunction with high speed internet connections, become ubiquitous. Indeed, the world of education is currently undergoing a second revolution where digital technologies are transforming how we think about schooling and learning. Technology enhanced learning, DEL, is one of the candidates to be a leading research area at Stockholm University. This is an acknowledgement of the growing importance of technology enhanced learning both for academia and for the business world. This is also one of DSV’s four profile areas.

In our work, we are focused on understanding how information and communication technologies, best can be used to support learning, teaching, and competence development throughout life. We also design and develop innovative educational applications.  Our work is conducted in projects that are financed by a number of foundations both in Sweden and abroad.

Our approach is interdisciplinary. Our team focuses not only on technology but take into account and also deal with behavioural, cultural and social contexts as equally important aspects.

Research areas

Mobile Learning This research area aims at understanding the intricacies and complexities of introducing mobile technologies into school’s curriculum and accepted teaching practices.

Social Media and Learning Environments Our research interest is to investigate pedagogical models that can be adjusted to support learning and teaching in “the digital era” and to develop and design learning environments accordingly.

Virtual cases for learning and assessment Virtual cases (VCs) can be described as a computer based simulation of real life situations. VCs allow training in any time, any place and repetitive. VCs facilitates the creation and use of multiple cases in most various domains and are found to be superior to traditional teaching cases in terms of learning outcomes and assessment results.