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Technological literacy and innovation education – Designs for Learning 2014

May 5, 2014

VIOLI am really looking forward to be spending quality time with inspiring researcher colleagues at the Designs for Learning 2014 conference in Stockholm – 6.-9. maj 2014.

Friday I will be presenting some of my own research on “Technological literacy and innovation education – how new technologies changes and challenges the profession and the professional relationships”.

We look forward to receiving other people’s perspectives on our work. The paper presents research related to our large ongoing professional education development project at University College Zealand (UCSJ) in Denmark. The project is called Welfare Technology, Innovation, Care and Learning (In Danish: Projekt Velfærdsteknologi, Innovation, Omsorg og Læring). It runs from January 2013 December 2014, and includes developing welfare technology related teaching and learning practices in and across eight professional bachelor programs at UCSJ. The project’s ambition is to further develop educational programs in order to better raise students’ “technological literacy” – that is students acquiring “competencies for using, assessing, and innovating new welfare technological solutions in their professional field” (Source: Project application).

Full Designs for Learning 2014 conference program and all abstracts/papers are available here. Just click on a name, and the pdf. will pop-up :-).

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Velfærdsteknologi og professionsudvikling

April 23, 2014

Velfærdsteknologi og professionsudvikling

Velfærdsteknologi og professionsudvikling

Velfærdsteknologi skaber muligheder og udfordringer – Hvordan skabes dynamisk udvikling, hvor både borgere og professionelle medvirker? Oplæg, aktiviteter og diskussion.

Forskningens Døgn




Elise Bromann Bukhave, Uddannelseschef for Bioanalytikeruddannelsen og Ergoterapeutuddannelsen, Campus Næstved.


Kl.13:05 – 13.35                 

Robotteknologi og udvikling af praksis

Kitt Vestergaard, Lektor i Forskningsprogram for Regional udvikling og Velfærdsinnovation, Forskning og Innovation.

  • Hvordan kan robotteknologi bidrage til udvikling af praksis i sundhedsvæsnet – kan robotter forbedre behandling og pleje?
  • Hvordan kan fremtidens sundhedsprofessionselle arbejde helhedsorienteret med robotteknologi i konkrete praksissammenhænge?

Fokus på den ændrede rollesætning i samspillet mellem patient/borger og den sundhedsprofessionelle.


Kl.13:35 – 14.10                 

Brugerinvolvering i teknologiudvikling

Play Alive A/S og Niels Henrik Helms, Chef for Forskning og Innovation.

Hvordan skaber vi praksisudvikling i stedet for snæver teknologiudvikling, og, hvordan kan vi involvere studerende på en autentisk måde, der både skaber udvikling i professionsfeltet og dynamisk læring for de studerende?

Erfaringer med rehabilitering og interaktive teknologier samt afprøvning i praksis.


Kl.14:10 – 14.45               

“Workshop all inclusive” (Kaffe, kage og kollektiv hjernecelleaktivitet)

Dorte Guling, Uddannelseschef for Sygeplejerskeuddannelsen og Therese Llambias, Lektor i Forskningsprogram for Regional udvikling og Velfærdsinnovation, Forskning og Innovation.


Kl.14:45 – 15.45               

Telesundhed, professionsnydannelser og læring. Det nære sundhedsvæsen.

Mikala Hansbøl, ph.d. og forsker fra Education Lab – Forskningsprogram for teknologi og uddannelsesdesign, Forskning og Innovation, Annette Jørgensen, Lektor ved Fysioterapeutuddannelsen i Roskilde, Kirsten Teglgaard Lund, Lektor ved Sygeplejerskeuddannelsen i Roskilde.

Telesundhed, telemedicin, velfærdsteknologi, sygepleje, behandling og træning via skærme i hjemmet, selvmonitorering og hjemmeomsorg. Alle disse ord, repræsenterer nyere praksisser indenfor sundhedsprofessionerne og konkrete ommøbleringer i sundhedsvæsenet.

  • Men hvilke praksisser og ommøbleringer?
  • Hvordan repræsenterer de professionsnydannelser?
  • På hvilke måder bliver de nye telemedierede praksisser medskabende for forandringer af relationerne mellem den sundhedsprofessionelle og patienterne?
  • Hvordan udfordrer de nye bevægelser vores måder at tænke i professionsuddannelse og læring på?

Oplægget giver et bud på nogle tendenser i tiden, og tager konkret afsæt i empiriindsamlinger fra et stort forsknings- og udviklingsprojekt i University College Sjælland med fokus på Velfærdsteknologi, Innovation, Omsorg og Læring. Eksemplerne hentes fra henholdsvis fysioterapeut og sygeplejerskefeltet.

Kl.15:45 – 16.00               

Opsamling og diskussion, Velfærdsteknologi og professionsudvikling – hvordan ser fremtidens udfordringer ud?



Farvel og tak.


Connecting Design Thinking, Teaching and Learning

August 22, 2010

The workshop with Dan Gilbert “Connecting Design Thinking, Teaching and Learning” was quite interesting.

First I noted that he mentioned that Stanford University has had the goal to “make creative requirement a goal”.

I think that creative requirement should be a goal in all educational programmes. But how do you foster this?

One way is to be good at rapidly generating ideas, identifying needs, problems, and finding solutions.

At the workshop Dan Gilbert engaged us in a rapid exercise to identify a problem related to our students.

1. do an 1-1 interview, 5 minutes each, where you take turns answering these questions:

  1. “I wish my students…”
  2. Why can’t I accomplish that…?
  3. Why?… Why…?

2. round-table: Briefly state what are the participants problems. Select one of the problems. Spent 5 minutes brainstorming suggestions for solutions to this problem. Select one solution.

3. Spend 10 minutes on preparing a presentation (with whatever is at hand) where you show and tell about the solution (in 30 sec.).

It was a fun, boundary crossing, surprisingly effective, and learningful experience :-).


Divergent and convergent thinking processes

August 22, 2010

From Renate Fruchter (founding director of Problem Based Learning Laboratory (PBL Lab), I have learned that brainstorming proceses may consist of two kinds of thinking processes: 

  1. Divergent thinking processes: where you explore and open up
  2. Convergent thinking processes: where you narrow down, focus, and make closure

Of course, I already knew this. But Renate just introduced this in a way that I found quite easy to relate to.

Renate Fruchter’s workshop at the “ICT and Innovative Learning Environments in Danish Universities” was another good reminder, that the value of brainstorming processes as a kick-off for idea generation and development of designs for teaching with ICTs should not be underestimated.

Renate made it appear quite unproblematic. She introduced two principles. The BBI principle involves thinking in terms of what is needed:

  • Bricks
  • Bits
  • Interaction

The D+C principle is about thinking in action (D= design and C= Collaboration).

With these principles and a focus on instructional/teaching design generation that emphasizes problem, process, product, people, project, Renate Fruchter presented these ingredients in the process:

  • experimental 
  • being mindful about the process
  • creating clarity from complexity
  • collaboration across boarders
  • showing and telling
  • focusing on human values
  • not having a bias towards action

Keeping this in mind, the next brainstorming process may not be that troublesome :-).


What is this?

August 22, 2010

At the conference “ICT and Innovative Learning Environments in Danish Universities” I learned this cool and easy way to start thinking about innovation from Dan Gilbert (founder and creative principal of Learning Innovations Inc.):

  • Take two minutes. Brainstorm on a piece of paper “What is this?” (e.g. a pencil. Not what it really is, but what it could be)

Point of this exercise? To see that innovation is a matter of opening up, being inventive, imaginative. Furthermore, innovation can be a matter of rapid generation of ideas, identification of problems, and finding solutions.

Innovation can be about finding ways to make (better) things happen faster.

I think that ‘the world’ I come from could learn a lot from this little exercise :-). Try it. It is an eye-opener!