Distance teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic
During the Covid-19 pandemic, great demands have been placed on universities to quickly switch to distance education. At the Department of Applied IT, Knowledge Lab have been able to contribute with both solid knowledge of distance education as well as pedagogical and technical support for developing distance teaching activities.
At Sahlgrenska Academy, work was carried out during 2016-2020 to develop the teaching methods used in programmes and courses at the faculty, mainly with a focus on digitalization and online education. Knowledge Lab contributed by adding expertise within the area to support the development work.
Department of Economics
At the department, there was a need to focus on developing new pedagogical approaches with the support of digital tools and a need to develop the staffs’ skills. Knowledge Lab contributed with knowledge and experience of pedagogical development for a longer period of time.
Learning in a digitalized working life
The University of Gothenburg and the University West developed, with support from Region Västra Götaland, a research center, focusing on learning in the digital work life. The goal was to create an internationally relevant research and educational environment about learning in a digitalized work life. Knowledge Lab contributed with support in the development of education, as well as in research activities.
Use of recordings of patients in interactive learning
In teaching about communication, there is a long tradition and habit of using recorded material in teaching. The students gradually gain extensive knowledge of methods for analysis of normal communication and then also analyze deviant communication. The project aimed to problematize the issue of integrity when using digital media and to work out guidelines for maintaining integrity and good ethics. The project focused in particular on audio and video recordings of patients where technical solutions was weighed against ethical aspects. The results of the project were significant for the development of teaching with digital media within the participating units, but also for universities in general. Knowledge Lab contributed in the current project with competencies around technologies for handling video and pedagogical use of video in teaching.
In the EU-funded research project EMOTE, researchers at the Department of Applied IT, together with researchers from four different countries, worked for three years to develop, apply and evaluate whether robots capable of interpreting and responding to emotions can be used to contribute to students’ learning. Knowledge Lab was partly a starting point in the work and part of the environment where the experiments were designed, tested and carried out, as well as assisted with resources for data collection.
Matematiklyftet was a national initiative to develop the skills of teachers who teach mathematics with the aim of strengthening and developing the quality of teaching. The National Center for Mathematics Education at the University of Gothenburg was responsible for the development, where modules were developed with a focus on ICT and digital tools. Knowledge Lab initially contributed with support in the knowledge overview and choice of resources.
The idea of the project was to collaborate with high schools with the aim of introducing students to the concrete ways in which researchers work and research is conducted. This was made possible by presenting a virtual lab environment where students would learn to design and carry out experiments in environmental science. In this project, Knowledge Lab offered support in designing the current lab environment, initially by adding pedagogical competence, but later also technical competence.