Many rural schools are facing great challenges. Fewer students leads to higher costs per student, and often it is difficult for schools to recruit qualified teachers. One way to remedy the problem, not least in the areas where geographical distances are large, is to use remote teaching. This means that the teacher is in one place and the students in another, and that the teaching is done through distance technology.
In the project Innovative test milieufor future remote teaching in Lapplands gymnasium – Sweden's largest upper secondary school, the technology will be refined and the distance pedagogy developed.
– The technology of remote teaching are available and are already used today. But some things could be done better, for example, how to manage labs and creative work remotely, says Peter Parnes, Professor of Mobile and Pervasive Computing.
Education and Living Lab
Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn also stresses the importance of educational facilities for distance learning must become a natural part of teacher training.
– We need to understand how this pedagogy and various tools related to remote education can support learning, enhance understanding and contribute to deep learning among students, says Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn.
The goal of the project is to create an established and sustainable innovation and testing environment that contributes to smoother transitions between classroom and remote teaching. Within the framework of Lapplands gymnasium, there will be a test environment where the future of remote teaching is developed through innovation, so called Living Labs.
– At Luleå University of Technology, we have experience of research concerning technology for remote meetings, digitization in school and user involvement in research and development projects, says Peter Parnes.
The project is a collaboration between Luleå University of Technology, Kommunförbundet Norrbotten and Lapplands gymnasium. The project lasts for three years and is funded by Vinnova.