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Project: The research school Upgrade

The research school Upgrade – teacher education and the digitalization of the school system is a national research school in which nine Swedish universities work together within these fields.

Project information

Project manager at Linnaeus University
Marcelo Milrad
Other project members
Rafael Zerega, Chronis Kynigos, Nuno Otero
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University, Umeå University (coordinating university), University of Gothenburg, University of Gävle, Halmstad University, Jönköping University, University Väst, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Mid Sweden University
The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet)
Aug 2020–July 2025
Media Technology (Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, Faculty of Technology)

More about the project

The research school Upgrade – teacher education and the digitalization of the school system addresses the following focus areas:

  • How does teacher training prepare teacher students to integrate and use technology in their various teacher education programs, and how are teacher students prepared for a digitalized school?
  • How can teacher education be further developed and incorporate methods that better include interactive technologies throughout the teacher education and across content areas?
  • How do teacher educators develop their digital skills and in what way will it contribute to the student teacher’s knowledge in teaching and learning with digital technology?
  • How does teacher education address opportunities and constraints with school digitalization, including the role of education policy, national differences and the digital transformation of the surrounding community?

Upgrade will have the role of being a research school and research environment with high scientific quality, and participating universities will collaborate to provide courses based on their expertise. The collaboration will also include supervision of doctoral students and other activities.

The project is part of the research in the Computational Thinking and Coding Skills in Schools (CoCoS) research group and the Linnaeus Knowledge Environment Digital Transformations.


Other staff

  • Chronis Kynigos, guest professor, Linnaeus University