The Interaction Research Group

Wasson awarded contract

Professor Barbara Wasson, Interaction Research Group, has been awarded the contract for the Enabling Technology for Europe 2020 Educational Cluster by Johns Hopkins University, funded by Microsoft Europe. Barbara Wasson is the Education Cluster Research Lead and Øystein Johannessen from Cerpus AS is the Education Cluster Lead.

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The Enabling Technology project seeks to deliver empirical academic analysis and data on the size and potential of the market for so-called 'enabling technologies'—habit-changing information and communication technologies. The initiative promotes research on the potential for enabling technologies to facilitate economic growth and social benefits in three areas:

  • health
  • low-carbon economy
  • education


The IT2ET Education Cluster seeks to deliver an academic and empirical analysis of how the size and potential of the future enabling technology (ET) market for primary and secondary education (K-12) in the European Union may be influenced by educational and technological changes.

The cluster will address 5 Territories of Analysis:

  • 1. Emerging and Enabling Technologies seeks to identify key enabling technologies as well as identifying emerging forms of communication and content sharing as well as the socializing and community building trends.
  • 2. Emerging business models and learning markets will analyze ET and K-12 market developments and potential future investment levels necessary to increase the value and return on investment in schools, through enabling technologies.
  • 3. Policy and strategy aims at delivering an overview over current policies for more effective and inclusive school performance, through enabling technologies; as well as analyzing anticipated changes in policy, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment affecting technology implementation.
  • 4. Impact on performance investigates the pedagogical, learning and administrative impact of enabling technologies on primary and secondary education quality and equity, social cohesion and employability.
  • 5. Indicator development for policy and industry will seek to identify success indicators for improved K-12 educational performance; including indicators for the ET industry and indicators for how ET can secure educational transformation.


The IT2ET Education Cluster is consortium comprised of the Interaction Research Group, InfoMedia, UiB, Cerpus AS, NHH, Uni Helse, Uni Research and the MENON Network.