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ArcTech - a new lab for digital learning research

Published: 13 November 2019

The ArcTech lab allows researchers, teachers and other stakeholders in the community to collaborate and explore new models of learning using various digital resources such as distance technology, AI and gamification.

– ArcTech Learning Laboratory is fully in line with our vision and is about creating socially beneficial and groundbreaking research, says Caroline Graeske, assistant professor at Luleå University of Technology.

Focuses on lifelong learning

ArcTech will bring together research on digital learning and collaborate with companies and public organizations. For example, the players involved will experiment with technology, VR and AI and digital learning resources and see how we can develop future learning. Caroline Graeske describes the initiative as a paradigm shift for learning research and an important part of the work for the future of providing skills.

– We who work with ArcTech focus on lifelong learning, learning at all levels, from the cradle to the grave. We see that in the future, the university will have a different role than we have today, and then it is about helping to secure the provision of skills in the country. Today, we rarely have one and the same job, a whole professional life, and when the workforce becomes more flexible, we also have to be, says Caroline and continues.

A complement

– This is particularly important in the Arctic region. In Norrbotten, it is said that about 50% of all school and nursing staff will retire in the next few years. There is a tremendous need for trained teachers and nurses. It is important to add here that digital technology does not replace staff, it is a complement.

The goals will be achieved through collaboration, good cooperation and increased external financing. The word game ArcTech stands for technology in the Arctic.

– There also appears to be a shipping company that has a similar name. They build icebreakers. But it is fitting, we also want to pave a new way! says Caroline Graeske.


Caroline Graeske

Graeske, Caroline - Professor and Head of Subject

Organisation: Swedish and Education, Education and Languages, Department of Health, Education and Technology
Phone: +46 (0)920 491005
Peter Parnes

Parnes, Peter - Professor

Organisation: Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491033