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Project: Digital Competence in Teacher Training in the Nordic Countries (Dicomten)

The purpose of this project is to establish a new Nordic network about the promotion, practice and development of digital competence in teacher training.

Project information 

Project manager at Linnaeus University
Italo Masiello
Other project members at Linnaeus University
Daniel Alvunger, Marcelo Milrad
Participating organizations
University College Copenhagen, Denmark; Tallinn University, Estonia; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; University of Iceland, Iceland; University of Stavanger (coordinator), Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; Linnaeus University
NordPlus (Nordic Council of Ministers)
Sept 2020–Aug 2023
– Pedagogy (Department of Education and Teachers' Practice, Faculty of Social Sciences)
– Computer and Information Science (Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, Faculty of Technology)

More about the project

The purpose of the project Digital Competence in Teacher Training in the Nordic Countries (Dicomten) is to establish a new Nordic network on the topic. This is a highly important, but not systematically addressed, development area within higher education in the Nordic countries. The crucial question is how to?

Our network emphasises the importance of learning by doing. The network objectives are:

  • To promote practice and theory in teacher training and related dialogue across the Nordics in this challenging, but also contested, topic in the context of the 21st century school.
  • To contribute to development of teacher trainers' and pre-service teachers’ professional digital competence (PDC) through further education and MS/BA training, respectively.

The eight partners from the six countries were selected on the basis of their ongoing activity to develop professional digital competence among teacher trainers and their students and/or in-service teachers. The motivation for all partners to join the network is its potential to add value to their own development work in teacher training. We apply a comprehensive approach to cover professional digital competence  in teacher training and use the TPACK model (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) and the European framework for the Digital Competence of Educators (DigCompEdu) to guide the network activities and discussions.

A core network activity will be planning and implementing of edtech pilot projects with students by each partner. One project that Linnaeus University will start in spring 2021 is called Visual programming – from lab to work practice in pre-school. The pilots are planned for three years, 2020–2023, with an aim at long-term, sustainable collaboration.

The project is part of the research in the knowledge field EdTech and the research group CoCoS.