Ongoing research and development projects
Active Learning Spaces
In 2012, the Vice-Chancellor decided to initiate efforts to develop interactive environments, and Active Learning Spaces was tasked to work with the ongoing plans to renovate the Humanities building.
Course for pedagogical experts
An annual course for future pedagogical experts is arranged by Umeå University in collaboration with Lund's Faculty of Engineering, Stockholm University, Uppsala University, the University of Gothenburg and KTH. The aim is to raise the quality of the pedagogical expert reviews and involve more people in the assessment assignments.
Exploring the impact of educational technology on teaching practice in higher education
Over the last twenty years the use of educational technology (ET) has been promoted as having the potential to transform teaching and learning, raising standards and increasing the employability of students (Laurillard, 2002). However, although educational technology has had a profound effect on many sectors of society the education sector has so far been characterised by slow progress in terms of innovation and development which has an impact on teaching practice (Russell, 2009; Cuban, 2001).
Evaluation for the development of education. With a focus on participation and deliberation.
Many evaluations that are currently conducted within higher education do not seem to offer teachers information that helps them understand and develop their teaching work.
Collaboration in Virtual Environments
The main objective of the project Collaboration in Virtual Environments is to develop effective models for collaboration between the University of Tromsø (UiT) and Umeå University (UmU) with regard to the development of a Master of Pharmacy program. This collaboration also aims to improve the quality of the education offered by both institutions and to increase recruitment to the respective pharmacy programs. In addition the project aims to develop new pedagogical models to improve student learning through the development of virtual laboratories, hospitals and pharmacies.
Research Network for Flexible Higher Education in Scandinavia
The intention of the network is to produce new knowledge on the relationship between ‘Bildung’, the qualifications framework, digital education and specific case studies, where the educational and didactic perspectives are integrated. With this as background, we hope to develop hypotheses/ research questions about whether it is possible to identify a particular Scandinavian/ Nordic access to flexible higher education supported by ICT.