Three doctoral candidate positions in Digital Technology Enhanced Learning

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Last day to apply is 10th of December 2018

Learning and teaching with digital technologies is an area of great strategic importance for Linnaeus University (LNU). LNU has a strong tradition of teacher education and pedagogical research. Moreover, front edge and leading research within Technology Enhanced Learning has been carried out at LNU for the last 15 years.

We are now in the process of establishing a new research program and academic environment placed at the intersection between digital technologies and learning science —Digital Technology Enhanced Learning. The faculties of Technology and Social Sciences, and the respective departments of Computer Science and Media Technology and Pedagogy and Learning together with a large industrial partner are creating the opportunities to develop, implement, support and sustain learning and teaching practices mediated by digital technologies. Areas of interest connected to these efforts are knowledge creation, social media practices in education, learning analytics, mobile learning and teachers´ digital literacies just to mention of few.

Digital technology enhanced learning, also called educational technology, is an interdisciplinary field of research and development where educational, engineering, behavioural and design sciences meet. This makes it possible to study and explore different educational process and tools and mechanisms that support these in order to find answers to what gives value and efficiency for students and teachers.

Each doctoral position will have a distinct field of study and research focus. As all three fields are complementary, the candidates will work together. The particular fields of studies are:

1. Pedagogy with a focus on educational technology in schools

2. Media Technology with a focus on novel interaction mechanisms to support learning

3. Computational Thinking with a focus on programming in schools

A new professor of educational technology placed at the Department of Pedagogy and Learning has been appointed to lead the research group in Digital Technology Enhanced Learning and will supervise two doctoral candidates, those in Pedagogy and Media Technology. He will closely collaborate with the professor and academic leader of the Center for Learning and Knowledge Technology at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, who will supervise the doctoral candidate in Computational Thinking. Together they will join forces and capitalise on their complementary knowledge and expertise in order to expand this newly established transdisciplinary academic environment.

Type of employment and application:

Below, you will find a separate link to each application. The employment as a doctoral student is limited according to chapter 5, § 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. For more details about each doctoral position and the terms of employment, requirement to be employed as a doctoral candidate, assessment and qualifications please look at the following links:

Application: Pedagogy reference number (dnr) 2018/634-2.2.1

Application: Media Technology reference number (dnr) 2018/666-2.2.1

Application: Computational Thinking reference number (dnr) 2018/665-2.2.1

Location:

Linnaeus University, Växjö

Work description:

For all candidates, the tasks mainly consist of research in the field of educational technology, therefore with a focus on pedagogy and learning, digital technology development and assessment, and problem solving for computer programs instantiations. The research effort will focus initially on understanding how, when and why digital technology enhanced learning offers opportunities to improve quality, access and equity in education and other fields. This includes problem solving skills but also the development of digital technologies that can deliver ubiquitously, have flexible access to learning content, can increase motivation and enjoyment, and have individualized learning pathways. The implication of the research will be the encouragement of relevant education in digital skills needed for a sustainable future. The research program will explore school and other fields where learning is a key resource for societal growth and development. As part of these efforts will be conducted in collaboration with the public sector and industry it is very important to have good social and communication skills.

20% of the work will include teaching and tutoring at the undergraduate and graduate level. All candidates are expected to participate actively and with physical presence in the research environment.

The vision for the research group within Educational Technology Enhanced Learning is yet to be set, so the candidates are expected to work closely with colleagues and supervisors to set a course for the new program. Therefore, the candidates are expected to be open-minded and willing to share his/her ideas, collaborate and feel comfortable in creating something new from the ground up. This is why interpersonal skills and flexibility are of great importance for these positions. Some of the candidates are also expected to be able to design and help to develop technological applications to be tested with users and meant to support and enhance learning and teaching practices. Field work at local schools and organisations is therefore a requirement for all, as well as collaboration with our industrial partners.

For more information please contact:

Professor Italo Masiello, italo.masiello@lnu.se +46470708203, +46702091601, Department of Pedagogy and Learning, Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Marcelo Milrad, marcelo.milrad@lnu.se, +46733969574, Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, Faculty of Technology

Last day to apply for these positions is the 10th of December 2018.

Mark your application with the right dnr which you will find in each specific profile.

Welcome with your application and good luck!