PED4540 - Technology-Enhanced Learning: Principles and Tools

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Course content

What characterizes collaborative learning? How are designs for learning processes created where digital technologies are a supporting element? How is learning achieved by using digital technologies? This course is concerned with how pupils learn by interacting with other pupils and in close dialogue with their teachers, and where academic outcome is supported by various forms of digital resources.

Central socio-cultural concepts are discussed. Ways in which these concepts can be used in the analysis of the implementation of technology as well as in the design of the technological user interface are also addressed. The main emphasis will be on technologies and studies in the area of CSCL.

The course is aimed at students who are interested in understanding how digital resources can be used and combined with other educational resources, most especially in schools, but also job contexts and the cultural sector.

Learning outcome

After completing this course the students will have acquired:


  • The students will have the knowledge of classical works within the socio-cultural perspective on learning.  This perspective will be demonstrated through various research projects in which this approach is applied.
  • The students will be able to understand the requirements necessary to write an independent research project.


  • Students will be able to identify challenges within design of new digital solutions and an analytical framework which can be used to analyze situations in which these solutions are applied.


  • The students will be able to assess design and the use of various technologies and work processes based on a uniform analytical framework.


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.

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.


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 weekly seminars and a practical group assignment.
Teaching will be focused around two types of activities:

  1. Lectures
  2. A project to be completed in a group.

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.

There is an 80% mandatory attendance requirement. The written project with presentation and oral exam is also obligatory.


The exam is divided into two sections:

  1. A written project with a presentation
  2. Oral exam.

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

In order for you to sit for the oral exam, you must have fulfilled the 80% attendance requirement and passed the written exam, i.e. the written project with presentation.  You must have passed both the written and the oral exam in order to pass the course. The written and oral exams much be taken within the same semester.

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

Literature list, written project and notes will be allowed for both the written and oral exam, but you are not permitted to read aloud from them.

Language of examination

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

With regard to the oral exam, you will be allowed to speak English, Norwegian, Danish or Swedish.

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.

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

The written project with presentation and oral exam make up 50% of the grade respectively. You will be informed of your grade on the oral exam immediately after the exam has been completed.

You must have passed both the written and oral exams in order to pass the course. The written and oral exams must be taken in the same semester.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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)