By Trine Kristensen, AAU Communication. Translated by Signe Haslund Knudsen, AAU Communication
PBL is the cornerstone of AAU’s teaching and must be developed in line with increasing digitalisation. In this way, AAU graduates will be equipped for the digital future.
A JOINT CENTRE WITH LOCAL UNITS
The knowledge centre for Digital Learning (CDUL) is a new centre for digital support of PBL. CDUL collects digital learning experiences from all of AAU and ensures coordination and knowledge sharing digital learning.
The centre will employ local digital learning consultants who will provide help and support for AAU teaching staff. So far, one digital learning consultant has been employed. Since the beginning of 2019, Line Vinterberg has been promoting better digital learning at the campus on the Aalborg waterfront.
‘As a digital learning consultant, my overall job is to help ensure better learning. I do this by helping teaching staff improve their use of technology in their teaching, for instance by establishing open digital learning spaces where AAU alumni and companies can work together with current students or where students can get help on how to use Moodle to find research-based knowledge on a specific topic,’ Line Vinterberg says.
PART OF AAU’S DIGITAL STRATEGY
CDUL is part of AAU’s Digital Strategy, which states that ‘the knowledge centre will provide technical and pedagogical/didactic guidance’ and that it ‘will be linked closely to relevant AAU research environments.’
‘AAU needs an organisational anchoring of the knowledge and the experiences we already have concerning digital support of PBL. You can say that we need to energise our unique approach to problem-based learning. But it’s important to note that pedagogy and didactics rank above digitalisation. We should only think in digital terms where it makes sense in the PBL process,’ says Pro-dean Jakob Stoustrup, who is responsible for AAU’s digitalisation initiative in education, PBL Digital.
DIGITAL LEARNING ASSISTANCE FROM JOINT KNOWLEDGE CENTRE
CDUL is organisationally rooted in the Department of Learning and Philosophy, but is available to all of AAU. During 2019, the plan is to have digital learning consultants available for all five faculties and in Aalborg, Esbjerg and Copenhagen.
‘Digital support of learning at AAU is already developing rapidly. It’s important that we share all the experiences that we have. CDUL is the link between the pedagogic and didactic research at AAU and practical day-to-day teaching. We’re available for the entire university, providing help and guidance on digital learning,’ says Project Coordinator Sofia Bak Simonsen.
Sofia Bak Simonsen, project coordinator, phone 9940 8884