Charlotta Hilli will present on extending classrooms through teacher collaboration in virtual learning environments - a participatory action research project in the Finnish archipelago. We know schools are important for a vital community and teachers play a key role between the community and the local school. Around 30% of Finnish schools are small with between 3–4 teachers. Cross-school collaboration in virtual learning environments can provide students with more classmates and teachers more colleagues. I will discuss what happened when three primary schools in the Finnish archipelago collaborated to offer remote teaching (2015–2017) and the implications on classroom, school and regional levels. Presentation: Teacher collaboration in Virtual Learning Environments (2020)
Video presentation: Charlotta Hilli
15.00 -16.00 A Danish perspective
Christian Dalsgaard and Thomas Ryberg will present experiences on how to design online learning environments. Rather than focusing on ‘remote’ or ‘distance’ teaching, the presentation will focus on how to design online learning environments, that cross boundaries and remove the distance. The presentation will take as a starting point the digital learning environments of students. What are the tools, environments, and spaces that students use for educational purposes? From this, the talk presents a conceptual model for designing online learning environments, consisting of ‘Individual learning space’, ‘Working group’, ‘Community of interest’ and ‘Open connections’. Presentation: Designing online learning environments
Video presentation: Christian Dalsgaard and Thomas Ryberg
Cancelled: Unn-Doris Bæck will present experiences from the ongoing research project RUR-ED which focuses on education in rural and urban areas. The main rationale for the project is that educational outcomes of students residing in rural areas are lower than for students residing elsewhere, which creates uneven opportunities for individuals depending on where they live. https://site.uit.no/rured/
Thursday 7th of May
9.00-13.00 (Swedish time)
Reflections and discussions based on the presentations from the day before.
Planning for contributions to the special issue of Education in the North based on the theme of the symposium.
Planning for applications for further funding of research projects, collaborative initiatives, etc.
Discussions on the idea of forming a Nordic Centre for research on remote teaching.