DIGIT: The Digitalisation of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

RESEARCH - DEPARTMENT OF TEACHER EDUCATION

DIGIT: The Digitalisation of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

The research group DIGIT conducts research into the use of digital technologies in Higher Education (HE). The research focus is based on the transformation of current teaching and learning practice and the role that new and emerging digital technologies play in activating student learning.  DIGIT has the goal of contributing to the strengthening of teaching and learning at NTNU and in Higher Education in general.

The main focus of our research is concerned with MOOCs and online courses, and in particular, how we can contribute to flexibility, scalability, transparency and quality in these courses for lifelong learning. In addition to this, we pilot and beta test learning platforms and digital tools that inform current practice and decision makers who are responsible for the digital infrastructure and end user functionality of these technologies. With our aim to transform teaching and learning in Higher Education, we are also concerned with research that is focussed on how we use digital technologies in our teaching and learning and how this contributes to the development of an educators’ professional digital competency.

DIGIT has three main areas of research focus:

  1. Research that is concerned with MOOCs and online courses, and in particular, how we can contribute to flexibility, scalability, transparency and quality in these courses for lifelong learning.  
  2. The piloting and beta testing of learning platforms and digital tools that inform current practice and decision makers who are responsible for the digital infrastructure and end user functionality of these technologies.  
  3. With our aim to transform teaching and learning in Higher Education, we are also concerned with research that is focussed on how we use digital technologies in our teaching and learning and how this contributes to the development of an educators’ professional digital competency. 

The research group’s long-term goal is to contribute to and strengthen educators’ research informed development of teaching and activate students’ learning. We also seek to contribute to an education that caters to the needs in the labour market and in society in general.  

DIGITs research aims to have a transformative and positive impact on the decisions and actions that both leaders and educators make in Higher Education. The research group is organised in a network across departments and faculties at NTNU.  The group works in ad-hoc teams and makes use of online services and technologies to carry out their research.  

Background and membership  

The research group originated in Smart Learning (2013-2016), a project under NTNU top-education, and in the program NTNU Drive (2016-2021), which is funded by pro-rector for education at NTNU.  

Educators, who wish to contribute to research into the digitalisation of education in HE, are most welcome to join our network. The research group may also be able to support research at the master’s level within our research areas.  

The activities in the research group are:

  • Beta-testing – piloting new, cutting edge technologies  
  • MOOC – online teaching and learning  
  • Internal competence development – technological, pedagogical and organisational educational development  

Our research is based on qualitative and quantitative research. You can read our publications on the staff pages at NTNU.

Our external partners:

  • OsloMet, Gyldendal forlag
  • Research and Educational Network, Innovasjon Norge
  • Unit - Directorate for ICT and joint services in higher education and research
  • Læringssenteret, IT-avdelingen ved NTNU, Multimediesenteret
  • SEED og PULS, Seksjon for universitetspedagogikk
  • Læringsfestivalen, Webinarfestivalen – program committees

Members of research group

Members of research group