PED4540 – Technology-Enhanced Learning: Principles and Tools

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Course content

This course is concerned with how digital resources can be used and combined with other (non digital) resources as part of integrated learning environments, and how such environments support learning. The course will focus on both educational theory and technology and in particular how they are connected. For example, what are the central sociocultural and constructivist concepts and how can they be used to analyze the role of technology in learning as well as for its design. We also address the following questions related to CSCL (computer supported collaborative learning):

What characterizes collaborative learning (e.g. what are key phases and processes)? How can new media and digital technologies support collaborative learning? How is learning achieved at a group level (e.g. intersubjectivity) and how is learning achieved by individuals (e.g., internalization)? How are these two levels interrelated?

Learning outcome

After having completed this course:


  • you will have acquired the knowledge of classical works within the socio-cultural perspective on learning and have some knowledge of constructivists views on learning. These perspectives will be demonstrated through various research projects in which this approach is applied and discussed.
  • you will be able to understand the requirements necessary to write an independent research project.


  • You will be able to identify challenges within design of new digital solutions and to develop a conceptual framework, which can be used to analyze situations in which these solutions are put to use.
  • You will have the skills to facilitate learning in a general TEL platform for supporting generic and / or domain specific skills, which the students will get hands-on experience with in a concrete activity and by writing a project report. 


  • You will be able to participate in design and assess design and the use of various technologies and work processes based on a conceptual framework with a basis in sociocultural and constructivist learning theories.


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.

There are no formal prerequisites beyond admission to the Master of Philosophy programme in Education: Communication, Design and Learning.

The course is a component of a full time programme. Other applicants may be granted a place, if capacity allows. Places will be granted according to the time of application. Priority will be given to students on the master's degree programme "design, bruk, interaksjon" at the Institute of Informatics, University of Oslo, as the course is a recommended part of their specialization in "Interaksjonsdesign og IT-ledelse".

The examination in this course is not available for external candidates. Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.

Minimal number of students is 5 and the maximum number is 30.

International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

There are no formal prerequisites beyond admission to the Master of Philosophy programme in Education: Communication, Design and Learning.

Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended that first and second semester courses are completed and approved prior to taking this course.


Teaching will consist of both seminars and practical group assignments in the PC lab.
Teaching will be focused around two types of activities:

  1. Lectures
  2. A large-scale group project and a presentation of it.

Both the project and presentation must be completed and passed in order to sit for the oral exam.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


The exam is divided into two sections which consist of individual and group assignments:

  1. A project (group assignment) with a presentation of the Project (individual assignment).
  2. Oral exam (individual assignment).

The requirements for the project will be provided at the beginning of the course.

In order for you to sit for the oral exam, you must have passed the project as well as the presentation. You must have passed the project, presentation, and oral exam in order to pass the course. 


The project and presentation will be evaluated by an internal examiner, which can be the teacher of the course.

The oral exam will be evaluated by an internal examinar, which can be the teacher of the course, as well as an additional examiner.

The project and presentation together constitute 50% of the total grade, and the oral exam constitutes 50% of the total grade. You will be informed of your grade on the oral exam immediately after the exam has been completed.

You must have passed all parts of the exams in order to pass the whole exam as well as the whole course.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

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.

Examination support material

Syllabus. Project. Notes. You are not permitted to read aloud from them in response to exam questions.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

The exam questions will be given in Norwegian / 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

Should you fail the oral exam, you may resit for the exam without having to redo the project or presentation. If you have passed both the project and the presentation, the grade will be valid as long as the rules and requirements for the course remain the same.

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.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)