Published: 2021-09-21 09:40 | Updated: 2021-11-03 16:21

KI develops as a digital university

Student using VR camera in the classroom.
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One of the focus areas in the information management strategy is digital development in the field of education. The completion of an action plan for the next three years will begin shortly.

The ambitions of Karolinska Institutet to be a leading university place high demands on the ability to handle information and information technology. One of the focus areas in the information management strategy that was decided in 2019 is the digital development of the education area.

Part of the strategy is to use digital technologies to further develop pedagogy and learning methods. In addition to methods such as flipped classrooms, quizzes and digital collaboration tools, which we already use today, digital technology can also be used to adapt learning to individuals based on the student’s own competence level and personal study preferences. We will also continue to develop the virtual classrooms.

Another important part is to build competence in the use of digital data about students' learning behaviors and achievements (so-called Learning Analytics). By collecting and analyzing data, we can gain better knowledge of the quality of learning and teaching and thus make more informed decisions. It also gives us the opportunity to identify students who are at risk of falling behind in their studies and therefore need targeted efforts.

Sabine Koch. Photo: Sherry Fahimi

Moving forward

In order to move forward, a survey is now being made of the IT systems, processes and competencies that currently exist at KI. The project is a collaboration between the unit for teaching and learning (UoL), the university library (KIB) and the university administration (UF). The survey will be used to see what can be coordinated and what needs to be developed. The project will soon move on to the next phase, which involves completing an action plan.

- The pandemic has accelerated the use of digital tools in education, and we have learned a lot. We take these experiences with us to discuss the future together with teachers, course administrators, students and education managers. It can be about how we think KI should relate to hybrid education, what integrations are needed in our IT systems to support teachers and students in a better way or how we can develop a student portal, says Sabine Koch, professor of health informatics and chairman of the project's steering group.

The information management strategy: Education

When the information management strategy was decided, the following examples were given of where we should reach:

... has an easily accessible and well-presented overview of their personal schedule and of the content, knowledge requirements, course materials and tools of their courses.
... are contacted by KI in a proactive way before, during and after educations and courses.
... can assimilate courses at different rates, through different channels and sometimes with different content depending on the student's preferences and strengths / weaknesses
... has access to digital environments and test data to be able to practice and train

Teachers and education managers
... has access to modern and digital training platforms
... receives support in developing their pedagogy, and in creating digital educational material
... can search for and reuse previously produced training materials
... can easily search for teachers within a given competence, for planning the activity