Harmattan School 2012 I am in Ghana, participating in the 2012 Harmattan School which is jointly organised by University of Development Studies and GILLBT, both placed in Tamale in the north of Ghana. The theme of the conference is Literacy, Education and Development (see the call for papers here). I have been invited to give a speech on e-literacy, which will take place tomorrow. I will mainly focus on ways of working with e-literacy in teaching and learning, or - in other words - what is it and how can you learn it?

And today I also learned the literal meaning of the word Harmattan, which is the Northeast trade wind which comes in the dry season. And in these parts, dry means dust…!


Field study trip in the IIC-RUB project - September 23rd - October 5th

As part of eLL’s collaboration and joint research project with Royal University of Bhutan (IIC), I went to Bhutan for two weeks to interact with our collaborating partners there.
Hosts for the visist was Samtse College of Edcuation where our partners work. The trip had several purposes:

  • To discuss status of our joint resarch project and make plans for next period
  • To visit other colleges and collect to gain knowledge about state of the art in relation to use of ICT in teaching and learning
  • To create awareness about the project and use of ICT in teaching in general at Samtse College of Education
  • To collect data for the project
  • To have meetings with representatives of Royal University of Bhutan to discuss the project and the framework for collaboration

Conference paper published

In September, PhD-student Farzana Akther and I had a conference paper published at the Development Informatics Conference IDIA 2012 in (held in Istanbul). The paper has the title “The roles of intermediation and knowlede creation in community development in rural Bangladesh: ICT as a tool rather than a goal in access to information”.

The paper presents an analysis of some of Farzana’s data from field work in Bangladesh.

New directions

From August 1st, I have taken up a position as elearning specialist at VIA University College in Aarhus. I am placed in the School of Continuing Education, and also affiliated with VIA’s research center on eLearning and media. I stay in touch with the ICT4Development group in eLearning Lab at Aalborg University, and hopefully the future will bring continued collaboration with my good colleagues from the ICT and learning environment as well.

My tumblr has been silent for some time. I have decided to use it the same way as before - to indiciate my whereabouts in relation to research and development work I am engaged in. My post will describe what I have been doing and will be doing in terms of visits, data gathering, presentations, writings/publication, meetings with research fellows/colleagues around the world, etc. The primary idea is (perhaps best done in retrospect, though) to keep track of my movements in order to find focus in my research work, and secondly to share experiences and ressources with interested followers.

Research group on ICT for Development - Call for papers out now

To serve as a forum for our ongoing research on the topic, we have formed a research group on ICT for Development. Formally, the group is a subgroup within eLearning Lab; however, we also have a number of ‘alumni members’, namely former colleagues in eLL whom we still collaborate with. We have a presentation website here.

Currently, our main activity in the group is writing a book on the topic of ICT for Development within education and learning. A call for chapters has been put together, as we would like to invite others to contribute - please get in touch, if you have relevant research to present.

Participatory approaches to ICT in development - eLL seminar

On May 31st, we had a seminar on participatory approaches to ICT in development. My olleague PO Zander and I were in charge of putting together the programme, and we were fortunate enough to have visiting professor Judith Gregory from Institute of Design in Chicago to give an opening speech. Among other things, Judith presented five principles for succesful international and inter-cultural collaborations, based on her work in the health sector in Africa:

  • Smart capability-building is required for richer and sustained collaboration
  • Participation is essential; the context of participation must first be constituted
  • Mutual learning and reciprocity among design collaboration partners
  • Participatory design is a culture of principled argument, in the most positive meaning that critique always offers a proposal
  • Respectful dialogue in which difference is valued
  • Formal scientific contributions and social commitments in which participatory relations in design are essential

Read more here: Gregory, J. (2010): A Complex Model for International and Intercultural Collaboration in Health Information Systems, Gregory.
Chapter in: S. Poggenpohl & K. Sato (editors), Design Integrations: Research & Collaboration. Chicago: Intellect/University of Chicago, 2010, pp 247-273. 

At the seminar it was decided to etablish a research group on ‘ICT in development' (final title to be decided later).