Research Projects


Makerspaces for Lifelong Learning – MAKE

The MAKE project explores how the makerspace model(s) can be better integrated into the education systems in four Nordic countries.Both our professional and everyday lives increasingly require competencies in collaboration, problem-solving, and how to use digital technologies. These competencies are central parts of makerspaces. The MAKE project’s key aims are: What can we learn from makerspaces across formal and informal situations, and how can this knowledge be transferred successfully to formal education in the Nordic countries?

The MAKE project brings together a multidisciplinary team from the areas of learning, educational, and computer sciences and an SME which develops digital technologies. (Oulu University, Tartu University, Aalborg University, and Arduino) The research group aims to provide research-based, innovative and scalable pedagogical models for all ages, from primary school to higher education, that provide inclusive uses for makerspaces.

see https://iotap.mau.se/projects/make/

Research Partner Funding by Nordplus 2018-

PELARS: Practice-based Experiential Learning Analytics Research And Support

The central goal of the project was to develop learning analytics tools for hands-on, open-ended STEM and STEAM project-based learning activities using physical computing. The learning contexts we have investigated are high schools, engineering and design departments at universities. The current system includes customised furniture with an integrated Multimodal Learning Analytics System (LAS) such as tracking hands, faces and other objects and the Arduino platform with a visual web-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that captures interaction information of physical computing. The learners and observers use mobile devices to capture multimedia data (text, images, and video) to self-document the learning activities.

See http://pelars.eu

Work Package Leader and Principal Investigator Funded by the European Framework Programme 7 Project 2014 – 2017

Living Archives

Living Archives is a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and run by Malmö University. The official title of the project is Living Archives: Enhancing the role of the public archive by performing memory, open data access, and participatory design.. Living Archives addresses the challenges facing the digitized society through (1) the phenomena of public cultural heritage archives that increasingly are being digitized, and (2) the practices of archiving that are dramatically being transformed because of networked technologies. See http://livingarchives.mah.se/}{http://livingarchives.mah.se/

Researcher and Technical Leader Funded by the Swedish Research Council 2011 – 2016

Intercultural communication challenges between health professionals and immigrants

A cross-cultural study investigated intercultural communication and associated challenges between patients and health professionals in three European countries: Sweden, Germany and Switzerland. Overall goal of the project was to identify and publicize approaches to challenges in intercultural health communication. Specific attention is paid to the potential of digital and in particular mobile media – since portable and lightweight devices such as mobile phonesand tablet computers include many functions and can support clinical staff in their highspatial mobility of clinical settings.

Project Coordinator and Co- Principal Researcher 2010 – 2013

LETS GO: Learning Ecology with Technologies from Science for Global Outcomes

Ubiquitous and mobile multimedia technologies enable the opportunity to interact in new ways with the physical world as they allow allocating computational power and interaction away from the limitations of desktop computers. From this perspective, learners are given the opportunity to explore the physical world and interact with it in new ways, as well as the physical world can be augmented through digital technologies. K-12 learning and education stand to benefit substantially by new designs for open learning environments that incorporate these technologies and collaborative activity designs for advancing knowledge building using inquiry and reflection cycles. Researcher Videos {https://vimeo.com/channels/131207/14825332 and {https://vimeo.com/channels/131207/14825332 Funded by the Wallenberg Global Learning Network} 2008 – 2011