The Centre for Educational Research on ICT and Media at the University of Iceland – School of Education was founded in June of 2008. The main goal of the Centre is to increase, strengthen and promote educational research and development in Iceland in this field.

With the information revolution there have been enormous ongoing changes shaping people’s work and lifestyles. Effects on learning and schools have also been considerable. Icelandic and international research indicates that computer and Internet access in Icelandic schools (at the primary and lower secondary level) is high although ICT uses still appear limited in the classrooms. On the other hand, distance and online learning has been increasing fast especially at the upper secondary level as well as in teacher education.

Emphases in our current and future projects include:

  • Creating and sustaining a networking communities of practice in the area of ICT in education and other areas of teaching and learning
  • Studying uses of ICT’s at all school levels and their effects on pedagogy and schools, teaching and learning.
  • ICT skills, digital competences and media literacies: in curriculum, teaching, learning, and evaluation.
  • Distance and online learning
  • Learning environments, digital learning and media use in different subjects (development projects)
  • Open educational resources and open source in education
  • Development of ICT leadership in the schools

The Centre aims to facilitate the collaboration and partnerships of individuals, associations and institutes in relation to research and dissemination of knowledge related to ICT and media in education.

Administration

3 representatives from University of Iceland (UI)

Two representatives from collaborating partners SAFT and 3f

Collaboration

We are currently collaborating with many different partners in different projects.  Among those are five other research centres in the Nordic and Baltic countries in the NordForsk-network NORDLAC: Learning across contexts, which started in the fall 2011 and is lead by Ola Erstad. These centres are:

  • TransAction – learning, knowing and identity in the information society’ research group in Oslo
    Group Leader: Professor Ola Erstad, Institute for Educational Research, University of Oslo, Norway
  • The Learning Bridges Research Center, Helsinki
    Group Leader: Director/Professor Kristiina Kumpulainen, Information and evaluation services, National Board of Education & University of Helsinki
  • The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS) (www.lincs.gu.se) Gothenburg
    Group Leader: Professor Roger Säljö, professor of education and educational psychology at Göteborg University
  • The DREAM Centre (Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials)
    Group leader: Professor/Director Kirsten Drotner, University of Southern Denmark
  • University of Tartu, Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences
    Group Leader: Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Assoicate Professor

Here is our expressions of interest for participation in EU-projects: More general and open (above themes)

Among activities 2009-2011

Over 30 members, active in different research projects.

Studies include research on distance and blended learning in teacher education and at the secondary level. We have recently published evaluation reports for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in Iceland (upper secondary level in 2010, lower secondary level 2011).  Results from these studies have been presented at international conferences as well as Icelandic meetings and conferences. See e.g.

  • Jakobsdóttir, S. & Jóhannsdóttir, T. (2011). Expansion in e-learning: online technologies enabling access to the upper secondary level for a more diverse student group. In A. Gaskell, R. Mills og  A. Tait (Eds.), The fourteenth Cambridge International Conference on Open, Distance and E-Learning 2011: Internationalisation and social justice: the role of open, distance and e-learing (bls. 84-92). Milton Keynes, UK: The Open University. Paper available at http://www2.open.ac.uk/r06/conference/papers/authorsStoZ&Workshops.pdf. Slides available in Slideshare.
  • Jakobsdóttir, S. & Jóhannsdóttir, T. (2010). Merging online and “traditional” courses and student groups: A “natural” trend or a temporary tactic – why and how? In A. Tait og  A. Szucs (Eds.), Media inspirations for learning: What makes the impact? EDEN 2010 Annual conference book of abstracts. Budapest: European Distance and E-Learning Network. Abstract. Poster.

Participation in large scale collaborative research on school development in Iceland. The contribution of the center is to study the effects of ICT,  http://skrif.hi.is/starfshaettir/files/2010/05/Baeklingur_Starfsh_grsk-ENSKUR.pdf. Two faculty members and three graduate students have participated in the project on behalf of the centre.

Research proposals to RANNIS collaborating with other research centres at the University of Iceland – School of Education. Most recent submitted in June 2011 with several other research centres at the University of Iceland School of education – waiting results: NETTORG (Online Plaza) – see abstract.

Wednesday seminars (lunch), monthly, Spring and Fall semesters
Information in Icelandic part of the web

Hosting a seminar with several presentations and posters on ICT in education at the annual conference of the School of Education, October 22 2010 and September 30 2011; and with the School Development Project team November 19-20 2011.

Co-hosting a conference with 3f on innovation and creativitiy in edcuation October 2, 2009
http://radstefna.webs.com

Co-hosting a conference with the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and 3f on Open Educational Resources November 21, 2011
http://atburdir.menntagatt.is/opidmenntaefni2011/

Creating a social network site in Ning to support professional community of ICT in education (research, practice and development)
http://utmidlun.ning.com

Providing an overview about earlier published research and writing on ICT and media in education in Iceland or by Icelandic researchers/writers (available in Endnote Web  – contact soljak@hi.is)
http://skrif.hi.is/rannum/rannsoknir/greinarskrif/

Providing an overview of graduate students’ projects and theses (available in Endnote Web – contact soljak@hi.is)
http://skrif.hi.is/rannum/rannsoknir/doktors-og-meistaraprofsritgerdir/

Running workshops on uses of Endnote and Endnote Web and providing access to the literature above in Endnote Web.