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Agneta Hedenström, Malin Larsson Lindbäck, Oskar Gedda, Luleå University of Technology Photo: Linda Alfredsson
Thanks to many years of experience of collaboration in various development projects, the Center for Educational Development has gathered the competence and strength required to qualify and make a difference in an international project such as UNIVERSEH. Agneta Hedenström, far left, Malin Larsson Lindbäck and Oskar Gedda. Photo: Linda Alfredsson View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Pedagogical competence provides assignments in Europe

Published: 30 April 2021

The Center for Educational Development at Luleå University of Technology has played an important role in the international project UNIVERSEH. Years of experience from educational development and media pedagogical initiatives have contributed to knowledge that the center now brings to Europe.

The aim of UNIVERSEH is to facilitate mobility and multilingualism, promote student integration and diversity, support interdisciplinary programs and strengthen educational innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe. The Center for Educational Development leads one of the project's work packages with a focus on developing innovative pedagogical models for UNIVERSEH collaboration.

– Digitization offers fantastic opportunities to powerfully strengthen students' learning, but we also need to investigate what changes it entails in teaching design and teachers' teaching, says Malin Larsson Lindbäck, Educational Developer and director of the Center for Educational Development.

– It is both about exploring how technology and pedagogy can meet in hybrid classrooms and how digital formats can stimulate students' independence, adds Agneta Hedenström, Educational Developer at the Center for Educational Development who leads activities on hybrid learning in the project.

Digitization and learning community

Since the teacher is a critical factor in the introduction of new pedagogical approaches, the work package is also about how digitization can make knowledge and inspiration available for teachers' competence development. In the long term, the parties in UNIVERSEH will also form a learning community that promotes a culture of sharing, both between universities and between clusters of teaching colleges and individual teachers.

– Students get access to the best teachers, to courses that are built on principles that stimulate independence, professionalism and an entrepreneurial spirit. Already during their studies, they also get to create and learn to use profession-related networks to solve typical complex assignments that strengthen their career opportunities, says Oskar Gedda, Educational Developer and initiator of this particular part of the work package.

Shared knowledge

The vision is that UNIVERSEH can create synergies that contribute to a broader and deeper approach to development and that the collaboration results in creative ideas that are realized in actual educational programmes.

– Gathering strength like this around educational development is incredibly exciting! We can learn from others as our ideas are tested, developed and refined into something that can enrich our own innovative educations. We hope that many at Luleå University of Technology will see the opportunities and want to contribute to this strategic and concrete development work, concludes Malin Larsson Lindbäck.


Agneta Hedenström

Agneta Hedenström, Project Manager

Phone: +46 (0)920 493664
Organisation: VSS-SSR, Professional Support
Malin Larsson Lindbäck

Malin Larsson Lindbäck, Educational Developer

Phone: +46 (0)920 493631
Organisation: VSS-PUEK, Professional Support