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Thomas Hillman

Deputy Head of Department

Department of Applied Information
Technology
Visiting address
Forskningsgången 6
41756 Göteborg
Room number
338B (Patricia)
Postal address
41296 Göteborg

Professor

Dept. of Applied IT, Division of Learning, Communication &
IT
Visiting address
Forskningsgången 6
41756 Göteborg
Room number
421 AIRPORT
Postal address
41296 Göteborg

About Thomas Hillman

Thomas Hillman is Professor of Applied IT for Education. His main interest is the relationship between digitalisation and knowledge. His research aims to understand changes to how we learn when technologies transform how we produce, gain access to, and work with knowledge. This aim is pursued through the examination of knowledge processes on online digital platforms used by millions of people. Learning with these platforms is shaped by both the design of the technology and the practices that develop when the technology is used. Thomas examines platforms in many different contexts, from the social media used by people who want to discuss a topic to the platforms used in schools to organize the work of teachers and students. In each context, the conditions for learning change as the technology changes and with these changes new opportunities and problems arise. The details of how we design and use digital platforms make the difference between, for example, increasing access to knowledge or creating more inequality. With the increasing use of digital platforms and automation through artificial intelligence, the need for research that can improve the design, application and use of technologies used for learning is growing.

Thomas has a professional background as an industrial and interaction designer and defended his dissertation in education at the University of Ottawa in Canada, 2011. He came to the Faculty of Education at the University of Gothenburg as a postdoctoral fellow and has been a visiting fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. Since 2019, he has been employed at the Department of Applied Information Technology.

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