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Special Issue “Effective and Efficient Digital Learning”

We are guest editing an issue of  Multimodal Technologies and Interaction with the theme “Effective and Efficient Digital Learning”.

Despite many promising initiatives to use digital technology to enhance teaching and learning, its impact on the vast majority of education has so far been slim.

There are several reasons for this: (1) Staff experience a lack of resources, digital competence, and incentives to change well-established habits; (2) Digital technologies are in abundant supply but it is difficult to predict the outcomes without evidence and experience from previous implementations; and (3) Institutions can unintentionally create explicit and implicit barriers to innovation and change, or at least hinder their progress.

At the same time, the funding of schools and universities is competing with many other important and pressing needs.

One possibility for improving this situation would be to gather initiatives in technology-enhanced learning that include both a pedagogical and an economical perspective that can be used in constructive dialogues and debates with both school management and teachers. This is also the aim of this Special Issue on effective and efficient digital teaching and learning.

We welcome contributions that take up both sides and that include practical or theoretical support for either pedagogical improvements while the resource demands are kept at bay or that reduce the resource demands while at least maintaining the pedagogical quality.


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Paper published: Sustainable Approaches for Accelerated Learning

Sustainable education does not yet have a widely accepted definition in the literature. In this work, we start from the Sustainable Development Goal of Quality Education for All (SDG4) and interpret sustainable education as increasing the quality of learning whilst conserving the resources required to produce and deliver it. From this interpretation, we argue that one path towards realising sustainable education is through the identification of teaching practices that satisfy these conditions of increased quality whilst conserving resources. We present an overview of four case studies, where the conditions for sustainable education are demonstrated through the effective use of people, processes and technologies. Each case represents an intervention that was made to improve the quality of education within an intensive three-month project, which trained immigrants to be employable in the IT industry as junior software developers. Whilst the interventions are independent and unique, they are connected by the themes of quality improvement and resource conservation. In isolation, each specific case produced improvements for both teachers and students; however, it is by combining such approaches that we can start to realise the path towards sustainable education that will help lead to a better quality of education for all. The findings of this work suggest that quality education does not come at the cost of increased resource demands; rather, approaches exist that can be considered to satisfy the conditions for sustainable education.

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Recruitment for the 2021 edition of the OneLearns course is now open!

The overall aim of OnE LEARNS is to increase awareness of the potential of online education and use it to increase digital health literacy and promote the global sustainability goals. We are targeting government officials and actors in the civil society organisations (such as NGOs) in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Kenya who hold a position with a mandate to bring about change.

More information and links to the application can be found at

Team member Mohammed Saqr interviewed in Digital Futures

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the present and the future!

Celebrating the first concluded OneLearns course and kicking of the second one

No less than three ambassadors, (from the left) excellencies Nkulikiyinka of Rwanda, Kuma of Ethiopia, and Kiambuthi of Kenya visited KTH on June 16 to get the latest updates on the OneLearns course. One of the updates is that the Swedish Institute has granted us 2 MSEK for running the course again!