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The state of digital technology in higher education

Project manager for 360ViSi, Atle Løkken, participated in an online panel hosted by the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills – and shared his insight and experience from the 360ViSi Knowledge Alliance.

The State Secretary at the Ministry of Research and Higher Education opened the panel which was held to launch a government report on the state of digital technology in higher education in Norway.

Watch a recording of the meeting (in Norwegian) here.

Project Manager for 360ViSi, Atle Løkken.

Atle Løkken was invited to share insights from the ongoing 360ViSi Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance and also his 20 years of experience with development of digital tools in education. In fact, the report mentions the DigiSim project, another Erasmus+ project Løkken has been a part of, and the predecessor to 360ViSi.

DigiSim is an app where student nurses can train on different procedures. The app is free of charge and can be downloaded on Google Play and App Store.

Digital technology can enhance pedagogic development

The new national report shows that the use of digital technology in higher education can contribute to:

  • more student-activating teaching methods
  • pedagogical development, especially in practical subjects
  • increased access to higher education

The report concludes that the use of digital technology must be an integral part of a holistic learning and teaching design, and teachers and students must have both an understanding of and competence in the use of digital tools with a pedagogical goal.

Invited to present the 360ViSi project to VID

After Atle Løkken talked about 360ViSi in the meeting, he was contacted by VID Specialized University, an accredited, private higher education institution in Norway.

VID has a project where they try to develop a digital learning environment using 360° video and would like to connect to share information and lessons learned.

Løkken was invited to talk about 360ViSi in a digital seminar VID is holding on the use of 360° video in education on 4 February – where Mari Linn Larsen and Kåre Spanne from the 360ViSi team presented and demonstrated the results from the project.

Mari Linn Larsen from UiS in a meeting with VID, demonstrating a 360ViSi simulation environment for nursing students who are preparing for clinical practice. Read more about it here: Realistic training to improve quality of ward rounds

So – exciting times! We are so happy when information about 360ViSi reaches other individuals, companies or institutions who we can collaborate with or learn from!