Research in Excited

Research in Excited

Research in Excited

Cluster 1: Learning outcomes and structure

Cluster 1 takes a holistic approach for the entire study program design, learning outcomes, and structure – and our process to engage stakeholders in ensuring that the programs retain relevance in a changing world.
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Cluster 2: Pedagogy

This cluster collects activities aiming to improve methods for learning and assessment that we use, increasing constructive alignment, and to improve the motivation and capability of teaching staff for accomplishing this.
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Cluster 3: Tools and infrastructure

This cluster focusses on activities related to tools, infrastructure and learning spaces.
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Previous PhD projects at Excited

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PhD projects at Excited

PhD projects at Excited

Photo Vojislav Vujošević Phd candidate Vojislav Vujošević joined Excited in 2018, and has a background in psychology. He has a Masters in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media from Spain.

Vojislav is currently working on pre-university computing education, with the focus on teachers in Norway. One of the main interests in his research project is exploring how the teaching process could be improved beyond the curriculum. Addressing teaching itself in computing is deemed important because of the lack of structured curriculum, teaching guidelines, community support and very fast changes in the field of computing. As of now the idea is to explore how could Reflection and Cooperation (in classroom and between teachers) aid and improve work of computing teachers. Ultimately it is expected to start creating a Community of practice for computing teachers in Norway.


Vojislav plans to conduct and finish a systematic literature review on Identified Teachers’ competencies in computing education, after which he will organize and conduct interviews with teachers in local Secondary schools to map and identify problems that teachers themselves identify. During that time Vojislav will explore and work on a proposed solution of including Reflection and Cooperation into teachers’ practice based on current knowledge and literature. Based on progress and knowledge obtained and created during previously mentioned actions we hope to have a more permanent solution and intervention for computing teachers in the following years.


Vujošević's supervisor is Monica Divitini, Project leader of "Informed decitions"

See Vojislav Vujošević profile in Cristin (Current Research Information System in Norway) for an overview of research and dissemination

Photo Madeleine Lorås

Madeleine Lorås has a Master in teaching education with a computer science and mathematics specialization. Her PhD project is working on undergraduate computing students and their study behavior. Specifically, her focus is on the first year of higher education and how the students develop their study habits, skills, strategies and tactics in order to someday become computing professionals with the skills and competencies to tackle future challenges. 

Through interviews, surveys and questionnaires, Madeleine is tracking students’ progression though the first year. Her results so far indicate that they come into higher education with various backgrounds and previous experience, and in turn will develop their study behavior throughout the first year. Furthermore, computing students’ study behavior is heavily reliant on independent studying, often alone at home. These results inform the development of first year courses, as well as study program and curriculum design.

Lorås's supervisor is Trond Aalberg, Professor at OsloMet, and is affiliated with "Projects of Becoming". Co-supervisors are centre leader Guttorm Sindre and Professor Letizia Jaccherri 

See Madeleine Lorås's profile in Cristin (Current Research Information System in Norway) for an overview of research and dissemination.

Justyna Szynkiewicz has an MA in Social Policy 2012, MA in International Economic Relations 2013, University of Bialystok, Poland 

Her PhD work is focused on project-based learning university courses where students create IT artifacts. She is interviewing university students about their experiences in project courses and try to understand how they are affected by these experiences. Justyna is interested in computing culture, values, norms and other tacit elements of learning, as well as in computing identity that is developed by students, teachers, faculty members and other stakeholders. 

Her work is influenced by work of Vygotsky, Piaget and Papert. Justyna views learning as a social, collaborative process where students gain competences beyond disciplinary content knowledge. She believes that the role of education is not only to prepare students for work in the industry but also to help them become reflective and ethical citizens that care about the wellbeing of our societies and planet. The results of her PhD could support the courses design as well as curriculum development. 


Szynkiewicz's supervisor is Line Kolås Project leader of "Learning through construction". Her co-supervisor is Minna Salminen Karlsson Researcher at Department of Information Technology at Uppsala university.


See Justyna Szynkiewicz’ s profile in Cristin (Current Research Information System in Norway) for an overview of research and dissemination

Photo Abdullah BahmaniAbdullah Bahmani joined Excited in 2018 and has a background in software engineering from Iran. He is interested in organizational change, particularly at higher education institutions and how it could be facilitated by providing research-based guidelines.

In 2019 he presented four papers on national and international conferences about multi-campus education. Recently, he also developed a conceptual framework for multi-campus course development. This project has a paper accepted in the EDUCON 2020 conference. Moreover, he is also working closely with two study program leaders in Trondheim and Gjøvik who started the development and establishment of a multi-campus study program at NTNU.

Ongoing research now is on measuring teacher’s readiness for multi-campus activities, with a survey for the target group. We aim at making this study and their answers relevant for university policymakers to take relevant actions. In addition to that, Abdullah is working on a systematic mapping review for categorizing the current literature in the applied area to identify the gaps there.

Bahmanis supervisor is Rune Hjelsvold, Project leader of "Sharing and diversity" His co-supervisor is Birgit Rognebakke Krogstie, centre co-director at Excited. 

See Abdullah Bahmani’ s profile in Cristin (Current Research Information System in Norway) for an overview of research and dissemination

Photo Gunhild Lundberg

Gunhild Lundberg has her master’s degree in digital Collaboration. Lundberg is researching the transition from Higher Education to employment for IT-students more specifically on how to ease the transition to employment. She wants to broaden the term employability from including skills, knowledge, and personal attributes, to also include identity formation and awareness of employment possibilities.

She uses interviews and questionnaires to collect data from students and alumni from a computer science department, as well as those who hire these graduates. This gives insight to both the employer and the (future) employee perspective. By broadening the employability term, higher education must emphasize the development of not only skills, knowledge and personal attributes, but also identity formation and providing students with relevant information about their possibilities and what a career within computer science could be. This would make students more career-ready and able to put their curricula in a bigger context.


Lundbergs supervisor is Birgit Rognebakke Krogstie, co-leader of Excited and Project leader of "Career readiness".  Co-supervisors are Guttorm Sindre , Excited and Ingunn Johanne Ness at SLATE Centre for the Science of Learning &Technology, University of Bergen


See Gunhild Lundberg’ s profile in Cristin (Current Research Information System in Norway) for an overview of research and dissemination.

Photo Hege Anette Olstad

Hege Annette Olstad has a master’s degree in Digital Collaboration. What competence a job applicant has is often a topic in both the job advertisement and in the job interview itself. However, students find it challenging to understand what they are capable of when they enter the job market after higher education. How can they transform their competencies into meaningful knowledge with regard to self, academia, and career development?

Competence is an essential theme of the P5 project, which aims to strengthen the education-work connection. Heges research will focus on how to create awareness among students on gained competence by introducing ePortfolio, and will try to identify if ePortfolios can create awareness among students on gained competencies and how to implement ePortfolio without leading to increased workload for learning institutes and teachers.


Olsens supervisor is Birgit Rognebakke Krogstie, co-leader of Excited and Project leader of "Career readiness" 


See Hege Annette Olstad’ s profile in Cristin (Current Research Information System in Norway) for an overview of research and dissemination.

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