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    Christiesgt. 13
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    620
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    Postboks 7802
    5020 BERGEN

Research Interests

ICT & learning, technology enhanced learning, interaction design, computer support for collaborative learning (CSCL), mobile learning, learning games, intelligent tutoring systems, e-assessment, teacher inquiry, learning analytics, and pedagogical agents, socio-cultural perspectives on learning.

Short Bio

Barbara Wasson, Director of the Centre for The Science of Learning and Technology (SLATE), University of Bergen, Norway is a full Professor in the Department of Information Science & Media Studies. She was one of the founders of Kaleidoscope, a European Network of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning, sat on the executive committee, and was leader of its CSCL SIG with over 400 members. Wasson is often used as and Expert evaluator by the European Commission. She is currently associate editor of Designs for Learning and on the editorial board of the Italian Journal of Educational Technology (iJET).  Wasson has been involved in research on technology enhanced learning since her Masters research starting in 1983. While a Ph.D student in Canada she was involved in the design of intelligent pedagogical agents for content planning in Intelligent Tutoring Systems. This work received wide attention within the International community and she was invited to numerous International workshops to present the work. Before moving to Norway in 1991, Wasson was an advanced educational research specialist on Marlene Scardamalia and Carl Bereiter's Computer Supported Intentional Learning Environment (CSILE) Project at OISE, University of Toronto, Canada, the first funded research project in the area of networked learning in the classroom. Subsequent to moving to Norway, Wasson’s research has focused on collaborative learning in distributed settings, mobile learning, interaction design, computer support for collaborative learning (CSCL), mobile learning, learning games, intelligent tutoring systems, e-assessment, teacher inquiry, learning analytics, and pedagogical agents.  In 2003 Wasson obtained the contract for her previous research centre, InterMedia, to develop the ICT-based system to deliver the Norwegian National Tests in English for the Norwegian Ministry of Education (BITE-IT project). Wasson is/has been PI for numerous national and international projects and has over 120 publications in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning.

INVITED KEYNOTES & INVITED PRESENTATIONS (selected)

UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2020, ICDE Workshop, Paris, February 2020 (Panel)

            Inclusion through AI: Models for online, open and distance learning

OEB Shaping the Future of Learning, Berlin, November 2019 (Presentation & Panel)

            How Will Emerging Technologies Influence Personalisation, Efficiency, Costs, Ethics and Trust inOnline, Open and Distance Education?

SETTdagene, Lillestrøm, November 2019

            Hvordan bør AI brukes innen dagens og fremtidens utdanning?

Utdanningspolitisk toppmøte, Oslo, November 2019

            Teknologiutvikling og læring gjennom hele utdanningsløpet

BI Personnel Meeting, Oslo, November 2019

            Learning Analytics in Higher Education

Learning Analytics in Higher Education, National Symposium, October 2019

            Introduction to Learning Analytics

NAUS 2019: The Digital Worksplace – Skills for a Changing World, Tromsø, August 2019

            Artificial Intelligence Meets Learning Analytics

Digitaliseringskonferansen for høyere utdanning og forskning, NTNU, June 2019

            The Role of Learning Analytics in Digitalisation of Higher Education

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, Amsterdam, June 2019

            Learning Analytics and its Role in Education

Italian Learning Analytics Conference, Rome, May 2019

            What is Learning Analytics

Digital transformation of society – key challenges and knowledge needs, CeDIT, U. of Agder, April 2019

            Digital Transformation of Education (presentation & expert panel)

Goethe Institute, Oslo, November 2018

            Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Language Learning

UDIT, Svalbard, September 2018

            Learning Analytics: What is it and what is its role in Education?

SHEILA Conference, Brussels, June 2018 (Expert Panel member)

            Experience with Learning Analytics at the University of Bergen

Profesjonene i Digitaliseringsens Tid - tar Maskinene Over?, Årskonferanse, Senter for Profesjonsstudier,          OSLOMET, December 2018

            Artificial Intelligence in Education

Assessment in Higher Education, Kristiansand, October 2017

            Learning Analytics, What is it for?

VIZRT AS (International Leader Seminar), MediaCity, Bergen, October 2017

            What is Learning Analytics?

ICDE Leadership Summit, Nancy, France, May 2017

            Learning Analytics, What is it for?

UNESCO Visionary Leadership Summit, UNESCO, Paris May 2017

            Learning from the Past

IT Women in New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada, January 2014

            Technology Enhanced Learning Research

2019

Ferguson, R., Coughlan, T., Egelandsdal, K., Gaved, M., Herodotou, C., Hillaire, G., Jones, D., Jowers, I., Kukulska-Hulme, A., McAndrew, P., Misiejuk, K., Ness, I. J., Rienties, B., Scanlon, E., Sharples, M., Wasson, B., Weller, M. and Whitelock, D. (2019). Innovating Pedagogy 2019: Open University Innovation Report 7. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Hansen, C.J.S. & Wasson, B. (2019) As vendors and teachers see it: Opportunities and challenges in the use of learning analytics. In Proceeding of the 3rd Annual Learning & Student Analytics Conference (LSAC 2019). 22-23 Oct. Nancy, France.

Hansen, C.J.S., Netteland, G., Wasson, B., Wake, J. (2019). Inquire Competence for better Practice and Assessment (iComPAss): Sluttrapport. SLATE Research Report 2019-2, Bergen, Norway: Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE). Available at: https://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/21355

Morlandstø, N.I., Hansen, C.J.S., Wasson, B., Bull, S. (2019). Aktivitetsdata for vurdering og tilpasning: Sluttrapport. SLATE Research Report 2019-1, Bergen, Norway: Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE). ISBN: 978-82-994238-7-8 Available at: https://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/20825

Samuelsen, J., Chen, W. & Wasson, B. (2019). Integrating multiple data sources for learning analytics—review of literature. Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, 14:11 https://doi.org/10.1186/s41039-019-0105-4

Wake, J.D., Wasson, B., Bjørgen, E.P., & Heimsæter, F. (2019). Supporting firefighter training through visualising indoor positioning, motion and time use data. In: Z. Franco, J.J. Gonzales & J.H. Canos: Proceedings of the 16th ISCRAM Conference, (pp. 1173 - 1182), Valencia, Spain, May,  2019.

Wasson, B., Morlandstø, N.I. & Hansen, C.J.S. (2019). Sammendrag av SLATE Research Report 2019-1: Aktivitetsdata for vurdering og tilpasning (AVT), Bergen, Norway: Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE).Available at: https://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/20189

Wasson, B., Morlandstø, N.I. & Hansen, C.J.S. (2019). Summary of SLATE Research Report 2019-1: Activity Data for Assessment and Activity (AVT), Bergen, Norway: Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE). Available at: https://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/20187

2018

Glăveanu, V., Ness, J., Wasson, B., & Lubart, T. (2018). Sociocultural Perspectives on Creativity, Learning, and Technology. In C. Mullin (Ed.) Creativity Under Duress in Education? Creativity Theory and Action in Education, 3, (pp. 63-82).  Cham, Switzerland: Springer.​

Guribye, F., Selander, S., Åkerfeldt, A., Bergdahl, N., Cerrato-Pargman, T., & Wasson, B. (Eds.)(2018). Design & Learner-Centric Analytics. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Designs for Learning. Bergen, Norway.

Netteland, G., Hansen, C.J.S. & Wasson, B. (2018). Professional Competence Development of future Healthcare Leaders. In E. Ugon, D. Karlsson, G.O. Klein, & A. Moen, (Eds.), Proceedings of the Medical Informatics Europe Conference (MIE 2018). Gothenburg, Sweden.

Vindenes, J., de Gortari, A. O., & Wasson, B. (2018). Mnemosyne: Adapting the Method of Loci to Immersive Virtual Reality. In L.T. De Paolis, & P. Bourdot (Eds.) International Conference on Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Computer Graphics. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (pp. 205-213). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Wake, J..D., Guribye, F. & Wasson, B. (2018). Learning through Collaborative Design of Location-based Games. International Journal of Computer Support for Collaborative Learning. International Journal of Computer Support for Collaborative Learning  (ijcscl), 13 (2), 167-187; doi:10.1007/s11412-018-9278-x.  http://ijcscl.org/?go=contents&article=291#article291

Wake, J.D, Morlandstø, N., Pham, K. & Wasson, B. (2018). The Learning Analytics Portal: The Development of a National Community Resource for Learning Analytics. In: A. Pardo, K. Bartimote-Aufflick, G. Lynch, S. Buckingham Shum, R. Ferguson, A. Merceron, X. Ocho (Eds). Companion Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK 2018), 76-83. Sydney, Australia: Society for Learning Analytics Research.

2017

Hansen, C.J.S., Wasson, B., Skretting, H., Netteland, G. & Hirnstein, M.  (2017).  When Learning is High Stake.  LAK '17 Proceedings of the Seventh International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference, 564-565. Vancouver, BC, Canada; March 13 - 17.  http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3029461

Mieisjuk, K. & Wasson, B. (2017). State-of-the-Field Report on Learning Analytics & Knowledge. SLATE Research Report 2017-2. Bergen: Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE). ISBN:978-82-8088-417-6  https://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/17740 

Oliver, M., Avramides, K., Clark, W., Hunter, J., Luckin, R. Hansen, C.J.S. & Wasson, B. (2017). Sharing teacher knowledge at scale: teacher inquiry, learning design and the representation of teachers' practice. Teacher Development, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13664530.2017.1381642

2016

Bull, S. & Wasson, B. (2016). Competence visualisation: Making sense of data from 21st-century technologies in language learning. ReCALL, 28(2),147-165.

Hansen, C., Netteland, G. & Wasson, B. (2016). Learning analytics and open learning modelling for professional competence development of firefighters and future healthcare leaders. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 1601, 87-90.

Hansen, C. & Wasson, B. (2016). Teacher inquiry into student learning: The TISL heart model and method for use in teachers' professional development. Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, 10, 24-49. 

Luckin, R., Hansen, C., Wasson, B., Clark, W., Avramides, K., Hunter, J. & Oliver, M. (2016).  Teacher Inquiry into Students' Learning: Researching Pedagogical Innovations. In P. Reimann, S. Bull, M. Kickmeier-Rust, R. Vatrapu & B. Wasson (Eds) Measuring and Visualizing Learning in the Information-Rich Classroom. Routledge, 74-91. ISBN 9781138021136

Netteland, G., Wasson, B., Hansen, C. & Hirnstein, M. (2016).  Learning analytics and open learning modelling for professional competence development. In NOKOBIT - Norsk konferanse for organisasjoners bruk av informasjonsteknologi, 24(1) Suppl. NOKOBIT, 1-5.

Reimann, P., Bull, S., Kickmeier-Rust, M., Vatrapu, R. & Wasson, B. (2016). Measuring and Visualizing Learning in the Information-Rich Classroom. Routledge. ISBN 9781138021136

Reimann, P., Bull, S., Kickmeier-Rust, M., Vatrapu, R. & Wasson, B. (2016). Introduction. In P. Reimann, S. Bull, M. Kickmeier-Rust, R. Vatrapu & B. Wasson (Eds) Measuring and Visualizing Learning in the Information-Rich Classroom. Routledge, ix-xvi. ISBN 9781138021136

Reimann, P., Bull, S., Kickmeier-Rust, M., Vatrapu, R. & Wasson, B. (2016). Preface. In P. Reimann, S. Bull, M. Kickmeier-Rust, R. Vatrapu & B. Wasson (Eds) Measuring and Visualizing Learning in the Information-Rich Classroom. Routledge, vii-viii. ISBN 9781138021136

Sørensen, B. H., Selander, S., Wasson, B. & Wenneström, S. (2016). Designs for Learning – Taking a Step Forward. Designs for Learning, 8(1), 23-24

Wasson, B. & Hansen, C. (2016). Data Literacy and Use for Teaching. In P. Reimann, S. Bull, M. Kickmeier-Rust, R. Vatrapu & B. Wasson (Eds) Measuring and Visualizing Learning in the Information-Rich Classroom. Routledge, 56-73. ISBN 9781138021136s

Wasson, B. & Hansen, C. (2016).  Inquire Competence for better Practice and Assessment (iComPAss). Poster @ Utdanningskonferanse 2016, Oslo, 11 November.

Wasson, B., Hansen. C. & Mor, Y. (2016). Grand Challenge Problem 11: Empowering Teachers with Student Data. I: Grand Challenge Problems in Technology Enhanced Learning II: MOOCs and Beyond, 55-58. Springer 2016 ISBN 978-3-319-12561-9

Wasson, B., Hansen, C. & Netteland, G. (2016).  Data literacy and use for learning when using learning analytics for learners. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 1596, 38-41.

PhD Students

Rosaline Barendregt

Kamila Misiejuk

Jeanette Samulesen

Fredrik Sundt Breien

Joakim Vindenes

 

Masters students

Andrey Belinskiy

Stian Botnevik

Audun Håkon Klyve Gulbrandsen

Astrid Hamre-Os

Øyvind Johannessen

Daniel Ostnes

Maria Ovchinnikova

Ole Anders Smith

 

Recent Masters Students

Edvard Pires Bjørgen «Using beacons and indoor positioning to enhance firefighter’s training scenarios»

Fredrik Heimsæter  «Bluetooth Low Energy Beacons: Providing movement tracking for firefighter smoke diving training»

Nicolai Gulbrandsøy  «Gamification of Drivers Ed Theory»

Kine Lohne de Nijs   «eGovernment in Norway: Are Older Users Included?»

Gry Nagl «Use of Eye Tracking for eSports Analytics in a MOBA Game»

Jay Poltakova «Child-Computer Interaction in Digital Literature Dissemination for the Pre-adolescent Public Library Users»

Sigve Solvaag «Learners in the Data Mist: Visualizations for Optimization of Learning Environments»

Hans Skretting «READINESS: En App For å  Støtte Beslutningstaking for Lagledere i Brannvesenet»

Joakim Vindenes  «A Virtual Mind Palace: Adapting the Method of Loci to Virtual Reality»

 

DIRECTOR

Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE)

CURRENT PROJECTS

Project Leader

LA in Higher Education: Case study at the University of Bergen

EU funded:

Scaling Up Educational Innovation in Schools (SEIS)

Participating Researcher

Aktivitetsdata for Vurdering og Tilpasning-2 (AVT2)

eSports in Nordic Schools (eSportNS)

Teacher Inquiry into Student Learning (TISL)

NorgesUniversitetet funded:

Erasmus + funded:

 

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

Aktivitetsdata for Vurdering og Tilpasning (AVT)

Adaptive Learning in Mathematics (ALMAT): Gyldendal Multi Smart Øving

Inquire Competence for Better Practice and Assessment (iComPAss)

State-of-the-Field LAK

Next Generation Teaching, Education and Learning for Life (NEXT-TELL)

SCY (March 2008 - February 2012)

     The Science Created by You (SCY) EU-project develops a system for constructive and productive learning of science and technology by using a flexible and adaptive pedagogical approach to learning.

KALEIDOSCOPE Network of Excellence

      KALEIDOSCOPE focused on Concepts and methods for exploring the future of learning with digital technologies.

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