Profile: Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen

Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen

Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen

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Institution

Address: Kroghstraede 3, room 4.149

City: DK-9220 Aalborg Oest

Country

Contact emailelsebeth@learning.aau.dk

Institution websitehttp://www.en.aau.dk

My EDEN portfolio

Membership type

Membership starting date: 2010

Eurodl presence

Strengthening Inclusion of Learners With Attention Difficulties Through Interventions With Digital Technology In Processes of Production

Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen, Hanne Voldborg Andersen

Date of publication: 23.02.2017

http://www.eurodl.org/materials/contrib/2017/Sorensen_Andersen.pdf

 

 

Technology as a Vehicle for Inclusion of Learners with Attention Deficits in Mainstream Schools

Hanne Voldborg Andersen, Elsebeth K. Sorensen

Date of publication: 31.12.2016

TAGs: technology, inclusion, special educational needs learners, attention deficit, empowerment

http://www.eurodl.org/index.php?p=special&sp=articles&inum=8&article=727

 

 

Online Master Communities of Practice: Collaborative Learning in an Intercultural Perspective

Dr. Daithí Ó Murchú, Dr. Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen

Date of publication: 25.02.2004

TAGs: 

 

Drama as a methaphor for design of situated, collaborative distributed learning

Fjuk, A. - Sorensen, E. K.

Date of publication: 15.04.1997

TAGs:

http://www.eurodl.org/materials/contrib/1997/fjuk/fjuk.pdf

NAP SC Member: NAP SC member

Eurodl Board Member: EURODL editorial board member

EDEN Fellowship: Elected EDEN FELLOW at the EDEN 25th Anniversary and yearly conference in Budapest 2016

Conference Committee member

Collaboration between conferences and networks (EDEN & D4Learning):

http://www.d4l.aau.dk

The 1st D4Learning International Conference: Innovations with Digital Learning for Inclusion (D4L) is an international conference, organized by the D4Learning Research group (http://d4learning.aau.dk), Aalborg University. It is held in collaboration with the European Distance and e-Learning Network (EDEN), and EDENs conference series of Open Classroom with focus on distance education and new technologies in school level education and training. The D4L conference serves as a forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to the use of digital technology for inclusion.

The D4L International Conference on Innovations with Digital Learning aims at becoming a biannual meeting place for presenting and discussing new educational environments, affordances of digital tools for including education through digital technology, and best practices and case studies on innovative technology-based learning strategies or pedagogies to achieve this goal. The D4L conference on digital innovation learning through digital technology aims to give an overview of the state of the art as well as upcoming trends, and to promote discussion about the pedagogical potential of new learning and educational technologies in the academic, educational and corporate world.

Keynote/invited speaker

EDEN 2004 Research Workshop, Oldenburg

EDEN 2017 Jönkjöping (main conference)

EDEN NAP profile

Position, Work experience

Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen is Professor in Digital Communication & Learning and head of the AAU research unit, D4Learning (http://d4learning.aau.dk) under the ILD research laboratory at the Dept. of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University. She is also Deputy Director of the XLab: Design, Learning, Innovation”. Since 2000 she has been involved in a variety of roles with the successful master programme in ICT and Learning (MIL), offered in equal collaboration between four Danish Universities (Aalborg University, Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School, the Danish, and Roskilde University): Head of programme, steering committee member, teacher, supervisor.

For many years she has been engaged in national and international research activities within design, delivery and evaluation of technology supported open learning processes using open educational resources (OER). Her research is directed towards several fields: Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), Distance Learning (DE), E-learning (DE). It centers around learning design and pedagogical/instructional issues of using digital technology across virtual and physical teaching and learning contexts. The perspective of her research is formed by communicative and learning theoretical positions and has its main focus on the pedagogical and instructional aspects around the establishment of digital dialogue, reflection and collaboration across digital and physical contexts, as well as on the realisation of Problem-Oriented Project Pedagogy (POPP) across these spaces. In focusing continuously on the enhancement of teaching and learning across virtual and physical contexts, Elsebeth explores questions such as: 1) how to make use the potential of digital and mobile technologies (incl. Web 2.0 and social software) in design of dialogic teaching and learning processes in higher education contexts (she received a Best Paper Award for an outstanding research paper on this issue), 2) how to utilize the power of digital and mobile technologies (incl. Web 2.0 and social software, interactive whiteboards, computer games, mobile phones and video, etc.) in highschool contexts, and 3) how to use the power of digital and mobile technologies as reflective tools in the pursued of the ongoing global process of advancing learner empowerment and digital democratic citizenship. 

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. In 2015 she received a Double Award for Best Research Paper and Best Practice Paper (elected by two independent juries) on a paper addressing the challenge of inclusion of kids with developmental difficulties and difficulties in focusing attention.

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. In 2016 she was elected Fellow of EDEN (European Distance, Open and E-Learning Network). She serves on the editorial board of several international journals and on program committees of several international conferences. A list of selected publications may be found at http://vbn.aau.dk/da/publications/searchall.html?searchall=elsebeth%20sorensen

Education and training, degres, academic qualifications

Formal training

  • 1980: Teacher in Primary School, Jonstrup Statsseminarium (Jonstrup State College of Education)
  • 1984: BA in (Music Science), Copenhagen University.
  • 1991: MA (Danish language and Literature & Information Science), Aarhus University
  •  l997: Ph.D. with the thesis "Learning in Virtual Contexts. Navigation, Interaction and Collaboration". (Department of Communication, Aalborg University).

Positions and functions

  • Full Professor, Dept. of Learning and Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark (2013-current)
  • Full Professor, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University (AU), Denmark (2012-2013)
  • Professor mso, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University (AU), Denmark (2011-2012)
  • Fellow at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom (2010-current)
  • Deputy Director of “XLab: Design. Learning, Innovation” (2016-current)
  • Chair/Head of the research unit “D4Learning” (2013-current), a research unit under the ILD research group
  • 2010-current: Appointed Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge University (http://www.imv.au.dk/nyheder/2010/1013/) during an invited research semester in the fall of 2010 at Cambridge University
  • 2010-current: From Cambridge, invited OLnet Expert Research Fellow (by the Open University in UK)
  • Research Collaboration with University of Iceland (2012-current). 2012, 16. Juli: Professor Elsebeth K. Sorensen received an award for her work in furthering the cultural relations between Iceland and Denmark especially within research and education, more specifically within technologically supported distance education, e-learning and ict-implementation in education.

 

 

Personal skills (incl. languages) and additional information

Speak, understand, read and write:

  • English
  • German

Understand and speak rudimentary:

  • Spanish
  • French

Area of expertise and field of interest (general), , , , ,

Projects

AREAS OF RESEARCH 

  • ICT and Learning
  • Problem and project based learning
  • Digital Humanities
  • ICT for Development (ICT4D, D4Learning)
  • Learning in virtual contexts
  • Distance education
  • Lifelong Learning (LL)
  • Learning-to-Learn (L2L)
  • Meta Learning (ML)
  • Design of eTeaching/eLearning (learning design)
  • Educational design for digital democratic citizenship
  • Teacher Education
  • Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)
  • Digital scholarship
  • Action Research (AR), Educational Design Research
  • Design Based Research
  • Mode2-research

Publications, articles, papers, studies

A full list of publications can be found at: http://vbn.aau.dk/en/persons/pp_596db7f2-e60f-4226-b9ab-5354aea1e238/publications.html

It-baseret inklusion af elever med udviklings- og opmærksomhedsproblemer i folkeskolen

Voldborg, H., Sorensen, E. K., De Lopez, K. M. J. & Jensen, R. H. S. 2016 Aalborg University Press. 194 p.

Publication: Research  Report

The research project, ididakt, runs from 2013-2016. iDIDAKT is financed by the Ministry of Education (Ministeriet for Børn og Undervisning, MBU) with funding allocated earmarked 2012 for investigating it-based modes of learning, appropriate pedagogy, and digital tools directed towards helping the inclusion into mainstream schools of kids and youngsters with developmental difficulties and/or difficulties in focusing attention.

The project is situated in the research unit, D4Learning, Dept. of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University, in a consortium construction with three participating municipalities: Favrskov, Horsens and Herning.

The overall goal of this funding was to support concrete projects in schools, which aim at identifying new digital forms of learning and pedagogies, and use of it-based tools to strengthen inclusion and teaching differentiation.

ididakt investigates, develops and tests digital OERs, which may contribute to increased professional and social inclusion into mainstream schools of kids/youngsters with developmental difficulties and/or difficulties in focusing attention. 

This wrap-up report provides an overview of the investigations conducted in ididakt and of the final results. It describes the research design of the project, the research methods, the collection of data and the results of the research project. The report documents and includes, in particular, the qualifying approach of the project, as it unfolds in an authentic school and teaching context with standard classes, standard teachers, and standard access to digital technologies.

Technology as a vehicle for inclusion of learners with attention deficits in mainstream schools DOUBLE AWARD PAPER

Voldborg, H. & Sorensen, E. K. 2015 Proceedings of the European Distance and E-Learning Network 2015 Annual Conference: Expanding Learning Scenarios Opening Out the Educational Landscape. Barcelona: EDEN, p. 720-730 11 p.

DOUBLE AWARD PAPER

  • Best Research Paper
  • Best Practice Paper

 

Digital dialogic negotiation of meaning in teacher practices for inclusion and empowerment

Voldborg, H. & Sorensen, E. K. 2016 In : International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning.

Publication: Research - peer-review  Journal article

Strengthening inclusion of learners with attention difficulties through interventions with digital technology

Sorensen, E. K. & Voldborg, H. 2016 In : European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning.

Publication: Research - peer-review  Journal article

Amplifying the process of inclusion through a genuine marriage between pedagogy and technology

Sorensen, E. K. & Voldborg, H. 16 Jun 2016 Proceedings of the European Distance and E-Learning Network 2016 Annual Conference.Budapest: EDEN, 6 p.

Publication: Research - peer-review  Article in proceeding

Coupling technology and pedagogy to support the process of inclusion of kids with attention difficulties in mainstream schools

Sorensen, E. K. & Voldborg, H. 2016 In : Electronic Journal of E-Learning.


Solitude or co-existence – or learning-together-apart with digital dialogic technologies for kids with developmental and attention difficulties (accepted for publication in EAI-Journal, Special Issue - eds. Eva Brooks)

Sorensen, E. K. & Voldborg, H. 2016 In : International Journal of Arts and Technology.

Publication: Research - peer-review  Journal article


Strengthening inclusion of learners with attention difficulties through interventions with digital technology

Sorensen, E. K. & Voldborg, H. 2016 In : European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning.

Publication: Research - peer-review  Journal article

SUBMITTEDENTRY IN PROGRESS

Digital technologies and open educational resources for inclusion of learners with attention difficulties in mainstream schools

Voldborg, H. & Sorensen, E. K. 2016 In : British Journal of Educational Technology.

Publication: Research - peer-review  Journal article

SUBMITTEDENTRY IN PROGRESS

 

Inducing omnipotence or powerlessness in learners with developmental and attention difficulties through structuring technologies. Accepted for publication in EAI Special Issue (Eds. Eva Brooks)

Voldborg, H. & Sorensen, E. K. 2016 In : International Journal of Arts and Technology.

Publication: Research - peer-review  Journal article

ACCEPTED/IN PRESSENTRY IN PROGRESS

iCreaNet

The project, iCreaNet (Creative Networked Learning in a Global/International Perspective: Identifying an Intercultural Notion of Creativity and Designing for Creativity and Open Educational Resources (OER) Across Learning Cultures) is an ICT and Creativity Network project under the international Network Programme for bilateral network activities in R&D with China, India, Israel, Japan, USA and Brazil. It is funded by the Danish Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation. With a view to boosting collaboration on science, technology and innovation between researchers from Denmark and researchers from the following countries: China, India, Israel, Japan, USA and Brazil, the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation launched the second call of its International Network Programme and invites for applications for the following grant types:

·       Exploratory bilateral scientific workshops and conferences with participation of researchers, scientists and PhD.-students from Denmark and from one or more of the following countries: China, India, Israel, Japan, USA and Brazil.

·       Exploratory travel between Denmark and China, India, Israel, Japan, USA and Brazil and vice versa, in order to identify potential for new collaborative projects and partnerships.

The global network on creativity in education (iCreaNet) adapts a case study approach and has now been initiated (January 1, 2011) by Aarhus University. It involves 10 senior researchers from Denmark, USA, England, Japan, Israel and Brazil. The initiative has been taken by Associate Professor Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen and e-learning consultant Asger Harlung.

Creativity and OER

Research Project, Cambridge, Fall 2010

 

Many years of research and development clearly demonstrate that innovative digital learning environments across physical and digital spaces are products of complex interconnections between pedagogical, organisational and technological issues. Any changes in guidelines associated with one of these issues will inevitably influence and instigate change in the others. First, it concerns an understanding of how humans interact and collaborate while learning through OER technologies ranging from web-based applications to Web 2.0 and social networks.

Second, it concerns pedagogical designs and how central principles of learning, interhuman development and OER must be integrated into innovative learning environments across physical and digital space. Third, it presupposes an understanding of organisational and infrastructural issues and how social, intercultural organisations and their inherent OER infrastructures inhibit or afford the adoption of shared knowledge construction and sharing.