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Project: Digital technology as support for teaching and learning

Collaboration in the field of digital technology as support for teaching and learning refers to the design, development and use of various ICT tools and methods to improve the quality of the education system as a whole. The parties have agreed on strategic efforts in the form of research and development, capacity building and competences development for which long-term research projects as well as various educational initiatives are planned. Within the collaborative project, senior and junior researchers, doctoral students, teachers, students, industry and government agencies will be involved.

Project information

Project manager
Italo Masiello
Other project members
Ann-Charlotte Larsson, Staffan Carius, Ninni Wahlström and Marcelo Milrad, Linnaeus University; Björn Andersson, Camilla Gustavsson, Viktoria Hubertsson and Andreas Fridell, IST Group AB
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University, IST Group AB
IST Group AB, KK-stiftelsen, Linnaeus University
Sept 2018–Sept 2028
– Pedagogy (Department of pedagogy and learning, Faculty of social sciences)
– Media technology (Department of computer science and media technology, Faculty of technology)

More about the project

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IST Group AB invests several million SEK and starts a ten-year collaboration with Linnaeus University. The Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen) also contributes funding to the strategic collaboration to establish new research in the field of digital technology as support to teaching and learning processes, also known as "EdTech".

EdTech at Linnaeus University will combine research and development in transdisciplinary areas, mainly pedagogy and technology but also psychology and design. Initially, the establishment will be between two faculties – the Faculty of social sciences and the Faculty of technology – at Linnaeus University. It is about research, development and education across two completely different fields that have different traditions and approaches. The two fields also have different approaches to what scientific evidence means and what methods the researchers should use to generate the evidence.

Linnaeus University has now employed a professor in EdTech, Italo Masiello, who has a multidisciplinary background, enabling him to stand with one foot in each area. Italo will build up the transdisciplinary research activities across the two faculties. A master's programme for students with a degree in teacher education or pedagogy as well as for students with a computer science/IT/media technology degree is planned, and the first course set to start in the autumn semester 2019. The master's programme will take a unique approach, where students with different backgrounds and competencies will learn to work together to solve real school-based challenges over traditional disciplinary boundaries.

But the professor is not alone. At Linnaeus University there is a well-established research area, TEL (Technology-Enhanced Learning) that has been running national and international research for the last 15 years. TEL has contributed with technical and pedagogical knowledge to Linnaeus University's teacher education programme. This group is led by professor Marcelo Milrad, who will work closely with Italo Masiello.

Both Italo and Marcelo are now hiring three doctoral students with different orientations that will be the core of the new transdisciplinary research group. In addition, strategic partnerships with industry and municipal sectors and internally at Linnaeus University with other faculties are being established.

Digitization in school is an important community assignment. In an interview with the Swedish EdTech Industry, Italo tells: “...the EdTech field is about community development where digital technology is not the only focus, but it is largely about a change in our way of learning, thinking and doing things. We will now set together all this and explore it at Linnaeus University.”.