PED4505 – Technology, learning practices and design

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Course content

In this course you will work in a group to explore a case based on an ongoing research project at the Department of Education. Through this case you will gain experience in a real learning-design process set in either a school, a cultural institution, a workplace or other learning setting. You will work with researchers, practitioners and the public to identify challenges in current learning practices, and then apply learning perspectives and design approaches to addressing those challenges. The course will conclude with a Design Expo in which you present your findings to the relevant stakeholders in these research projects.

You will:

  • Use design and innovation methods (design thinking, design based research, and creativity techniques) to prototype or in other ways suggest changes for the real-life setting in question.  
  • Use pedagogical design principles to evaluate the relation between technology and learning practices.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have knowledge about:

  • A set of theoretically founded design and innovation concepts to address learning and foster change, such as design thinking, design-based research, and social innovation.

You will have developed skills in:

  • Application of learning theory and design thinking processes to evaluate and improve technologies in complex learning practices

  • Communication with stakeholders about development and innovation strategies


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is not available for single course students.

Classes are reserved for students with admission to the course.

If you have been admitted to the master`s program in Education Programme option Communication, Design and Learning, you are guaranteed participation in the course.

If you are enrolled in other master's degree programmes you can apply to the course if this is cleared by your own study programme.

If capacity allows, other eligible applicants will be considered.

Ranking applicants for admission

Eligible applicants, other than students enrolled in this program, will be ranked according to the time of their application.

Course capacity

Minimum 10 and maximum 30 students.


Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended that the courses in the first semester of the programme option have been completed and approved before you take this course.


The course consists of seminars and lectures.

The seminars will be based partly on

  • lectures and discussions that highlight central themes and challenges related to evaluation, design, innovation, and the role of technology for emergent learning practices,
  • challenges that arise along the way

The seminars will integrate design and idea generating techniques and require your active participation in all activities.

The literature for the course consists of a large collection of relevant readings from which you will self-select approximately 15-20 texts relevant for your own projects and reflection notes.

Compulsory Components

You will work in groups towards preparing a 5-7 page Problem Statement which will be submittet by the group midway thorugh the course (see deadline on the semester page). This paper will include a conceptual analysis of 5 self selected articles from the syllabus and summarize the initial framing of the design task.

This paper needs to be approved before you may  participate in the exam.

Access to teaching

You must be admitted to this course in order to take part in the activities offered.


The exam consist of two parts:

1) A Poster Presentation must be presented by your group during the final class Design Expo. This poster will be presented to a jury of the relevant project stakeholders and count for 50% of the final grade.

2) A 7-10 page Individual Reflection Paper must be submitted at the conclusion of the course. This paper will contextualize the design process leading to the poster presentations and will draw on relevant course literature. This paper will count for 50% of the final grade.

Deadline for these assignments will b e announced at the beginning of the semester.

Examination committee

Poster Presentation: two sensors

Reflection Paper: two  sensors

Digital home examination

The home examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera.You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

 Read more about home examinations using Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

Examination instructions will be given in Norwegian or English. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Both the Problem statement and the two exam parts must be completed in the same semester.

To retake the exam, you must complete the whole course with all activities again.

If you are ill on exam dates, general rules apply. But illness on the Design Expo date when the Poster is presented, it will mean that you receive an alternative assignment.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

This course is a compulsory part of the programme option Communication, Design, and Learning.

Facts about this course




Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language


In the spring semester 2020 the language of instruction will be English. Information regarding which language will be used will be given at the beginning of the semester along with the course timetable.