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Walking with Seminars – Finally!

After no less than twelve failed* attempts in two years to publish our study on walking seminars, we finally managed to identify a venue for our research: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, which took less than six weeks, including a revision, from submission to publication! In the meantime, this study has caught attention from KTH internally and been used for external promotion. First in KTH Magazine, which lead to a video recording in Swedish and after that got 100.000 views they translated it to English. Apparently someone in Italy understands one of those languages. Now, KTH has published a promotion video to attract Masters students to KTH. In it, KTH gives ten reasons to study at KTH. Guess what reason number 6 is? Personally we think walking with us is a way better argument to study here than first claiming (#5) that “Sustainability is a … guiding star for KTH” and then advertising (#10) for taking a flight out of here.

(*) The journals that did not accept the paper generally believed the paper itself was interesting, but the combination of health and learning was not within the scope of their journal.

Olle Bälter is an Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction and head of the research group for Technology Enhanced Learning at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He has been running online courses since 2006 and his research interests are technology enhanced learning and interface design. Since his research visit to Stanford University 2015-2016 he has been working in cooperation with Open Learning Initiative to enable more efficient learning.