Background and activities

I'm CEO of NooA - the Nordic open online Academy - NooA.

I'm Doctor of Education from the Pennsylvania State University, Department of Adult Education and Instructional Systems in 1998, and Master of Science in Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (The University of Trondheim), Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1980.

I was appointed Adjunct Professor, at the Athabasca University, Centre for Distance Education in 1999. In 2003, I was re-appointed Adjunct Professor for a new three year period.

I have been regional editor for IRRODL (The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning) and EURODL (The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning). I'm have also been on the Editorial Board

I have worked with online education since 1986. I designed the EKKO computer conferencing and LMS system for distance education and initiated the NKI Internet College in 1987. This college was probably the first European online college.

I established The Distance Education Online Symposium (DEOS), when I worked with the American Center for the Study of Distance Education at The Pennsylvania State University. I was the founding editor of DEOSNEWS and the first moderator of DEOS-L. My dissertation was on "Teaching Techniques for Computer-mediated Communication". This research included a survey of 150 online teachers in 30 countries.

I have given a number of Keynote presentations and more than 50 other presentations at international conferences. I have published a large number of papers and edited more than twenty major books and reports about online education.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database


  • Paulsen, Morten Flate; Szücs, András. (2013) The Joy of Learning : Enhancing Learning Experience : Improving Learning Quality Proceedings of the European Distance and E-Learning Network 2013 Annual Conference. 2013. ISBN 978-963-89559-3-7.