Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen

Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen is Professor in Digital Communication & Learning and head of the AAU research group, D4Learning at the Dept. of Learning and Philosophy at Aalborg University. She was previously director of the successful master programme in ICT and Learning (MIL), offered in equal collaboration between five Danish Universities (Aalborg University, Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School, the Danish Pedagogical University, and Roskilde University).

Her research – which is directed towards both the field of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) and distance and open learning (DE) – comprises pedagogical/instructional design and implementation of technology across virtual and physical teaching and learning contexts. Currently, Elsebeth’s research is focusing intensively on the challenge of inclusion in schools.

As head of the project, iDIDAKT, funded by the Danish Ministry of Education, she investigates the potential and use of digital technology for enhancing the process of inclusion in schools of kids with difficulties in focusing attention, incl. difficulties related to developmental issues. In general, her research raises questions, such as e.g. how to utilize the potential and power of digital and mobile technologies to promote creativity in learning in higher education contexts and in schools. She research optic incudes a strong focus on promoting dialogue and reflection in creative learning designs that utilize the power of digital and mobile technologies to address and advance learner empowerment and digital democratic citizenship.

While spending a research semester (fall 2010) in Cambridge collaborating with scholars at Cambridge University and at the Open University on creativity and open educational resources (OER), she was elected Fellow at St. Edmunds College, Cambridge, October 2010. In 2012 she received an award from the University of Iceland for enhancing international collaborations in research and education between Iceland and Denmark. Elsebeth has been involved in a long list of research project. She presents her research at international conferences, frequently as keynote speaker, and she has published extensively in international journals and books within the field. She serves on the editorial board of several international journals and on program committees of several international conferences within the field. A list of selected publications may be found here.