11/08/2013 04:00

“Designs of Digital Didactics” -- Grant by VR.se (Swedish research council)

We are very happy to announce that our research project application has been granted by the Swedish Research Council (vr.se) : “Of 297 applications received, 38 have been granted, giving a success rate of 12.8 percent.” (P.S. the Swedish Research Council  www.vr.se is like the German DFG).

For our project, we will receive around 5.4 Mio SEK (ca. 610 000 Euros) for around 3 years, 2014-2016.

Title: Designs of Digital Didactics – What Designs of Teaching Practices Enable Deeper Learning in Co-located Settings?

Abstract: In last years, two major changes in Sweden led to new situations and challenges in educational institutions. A new educational reform started, at the same time there was a boom using mobile devices in such institutions (esp. schools). Traditionally, Information and Communication Technology has been segregated from the normal teaching classroom (computer labs; laptops for specific classes). This has been changed with the advent of smaller, easy-to-handle mobile devices like media tablets. There is a shift from separating ICT and education to co-located settings: mobile technology is part of the classroom; new teaching spaces emerge. We assume these new situations affect teaching in different aspects. In this study, we look on how teachers meet the challenges. More specifically, we study the teachers’ didactical designs and teaching practices in co-located settings related to the quality of learning (surface, deep learning, Kember 1997). A qualitative approach using mixed methods, interviews and classroom observations, will be applied. A mid-term evaluation by International experts will be conducted to evaluate and ensure the quality of the project and outcomes. The outcome is a condensed in-depth description of co-located teaching spaces providing themes for a) contributing to what extent the Designs of Digital Didactics enable learning on different quality levels, and b) how do the institutions approach new models of designing teaching and learning? The aim is to contribute to and inform a new theory: new teaching designs for new learning designs?

keywords

  • Digital didactical designs
  • Mobile technology
  • Quality of learning (surface/deep learning)
  • Educational institutions
  • Qualitative study

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Dr. Isa Jahnke

University of Missouri
School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT, iSchool)
Associate Professor
Director of Research for the IELab