Published: 14-10-2022 14:57 | Updated: 14-10-2022 14:57

KI's Pedagogical policy launched at the Educational Congress

Educational Congress in NEO, 2022. Photo: Ros Pourgholam.

What does continuous learning mean to us, and what can it look like in practice? These questions were the focus for the 170 participants who participated in the two day Educational Congress. The congress was permeated by meetings, inspiration and exchange of knowledge and experiences in the field. Among the activities at the congress, KI's pedagogical policy was launched.

“Sending out this happy postcard, greetings from eternity”
With the lyrics of an opening song, Maria Watter, Operations Director at Unit for Teaching and Learning (UoL) welcomed all participants to this year's Educational Congress on the theme "Continuous learning - Person, Practitioner, Workplace".

Annika Östman Wernerson, Academic Vice President for Higher Education. Photo: Ros Pourgholam.

More than 170 KI-affiliated teachers and employees involved in education at KI gathered in NEO on the 28th of September to be inspired and exchange experiences on continuous learning.

Annika Östman Wernerson, Academic Vice President for Higher Education, started the programme:

“A lot is happening in the world around us and it is more important than ever to work with high-quality and research-based education”.

She also emphasized the value of networking and meeting others working within KI.

"The Educational Congress is also important because we get a chance to meet and discuss together. I hope you feel inspired as you leave these two days.”

KI’s Pedagogical Policy

KI's Pedagogical policy was presented to the audience by Annika Östman Wernerson together with Educational Developer Teresa Sörö (UoL) and Research Group Leader and Project Manager Carl Savage.The Pedagogical policy was decided on by the Faculty Board in June 2022. The work has been preceded by several workshops with participants from many different areas within KI, to identify what distinguishes high-quality education.

“We invited teachers, supervisors and students, as well as employees from the region Stockholm, to discuss: when it works well - what is it that makes it good? What can we learn from good examples?” said Carl Savage.

The data provided a pedagogical compass. To have a common starting point the Pedagogical policy was formulated, with three perspectives: Student-centered and active learning, Scholarship of teaching and learning, and Psychological security. The compass is intended as a tool, and the Pedagogical policy provides the framework to start from.

“The Pedagogical policy is not a method, it is a guide to use and be inspired by. In teaching, in research groups, also in research” Annika Östman Wernersson filled in.

“The work on the pedagogical compass is a work in progress. We see that it will continue to evolve as several people fill up with their ways of using it. Based on this, we hope to create a knowledge base" explained Teresa Sörö.

Then keynote speaker Anu Kajamaa, Professor of Continuous Learning at Olu University, presented her research on organization and continuous learning in the healthcare sector.

"We need to work together"

In a panel discussion led by Anna Pettersson, Rune Brautaset, Maria Watter and Erika Franzén shared their thoughts on continuous learning at KI and how the work can continue.

"A few years ago we looked at what pedagogical support there is within KI, and that led to the start of the Unit for Teaching and Learning. All the work that was done during the pandemic and the support that was provided shows the important function of the unit”, said Rune Brautaset.

"We need to test more and work more together, then we'll learn. If we design education together, in safe contexts, we can learn a lot", Maria Watter said.

Keynote speaker number two, Jessica Löwenhielm, focused more on the development of the individual.

Parallel sessions during the afternoon

Heather Billings and Elissa Hall, Educational congress 2022. Photo: Teresa Sörö.

During the afternoon 15 short sessions took place in parallel, where the participants could hear about work and projects at KI in the field of continuous learning.

On day 2 the participants devoted the whole day to workshops on the subject of continuous learning.

Ten students from various educational programs participated during the congress to photograph, film and conduct interviews. Video from the Educational congress.

Maria Watter.
Maria Watter, Unit for Teaching and Learning (TL). Photo: N/A.

Maria Watter, what has been most valuable these two days?

“A lot! The joy of hanging out with so many of our amazing teachers and educational leaders. The great commitment, how much is going on and how so many people have shared their work and learning these days. The pride of how the UoL team and students worked with the congress.

I also bring lots of inspiration and learning to use in both my leadership and in my teaching.”

KI's Educational Congress

The Educational Congress is held every two years. It is arranged by the Unit for Teaching and Learning (UoL) on behalf of the Committee for Higher Education (KU) and the Committee for Doctoral Education (KFU). 

KI Educational congress 2022.
KI Educational congress 2022.
KI Educational congress 2022.
Educational congress 2022.
KI Educational congress 2022.