Responses from alumni

Three alumni, all of whom have attended the courses Digitalization and Implementation Processes in School I and II on the programme, outline their impressions and experiences.

1. What is the most important take-away from the course/s, for your continued profession and/or studies?

- One of the most important take-aways from both courses is first of all the value of consulting several different fields of research when enquiring about digitalization and education. I found that the literature we read, and the ensuing discussions, really helped me construct a frame of reference and form stringent arguments on the matter that have been very useful in my profession. Second, the implementation plan that then turned into an academic paper was very useful. By taking a real-life situation and try to tease out what it meant and how to implement a specific digitalization effort was extremely valuable. In that way, the two courses were really able to capture the value of "research and proven experience" as foundations for future professional decision-making concerning digitalization.

- Understanding of implications, when policies go from a discus to reality in macro-, meso- and micro level, from digitalization processes’ perspective, is the most important take-away from DIP1. This view is essential in my dissertation. The most important take-away from DIP2 is implementation processes from a local perspective. It became possible to problematize challenges connected to digitalization processes.

- The best parts of the course we're discussing the practicalities with experts and seeing different examples of implementation change that leads to improvements.

2. What have you been able to apply in your job/in your continued studies/private life?

-Since I work with pedagogical development (both analog and digital) in my current job I have really benefitted from taking both DIP1 and DIP2. The real-life application of the implementation plan that you do in DIP1 and the more research-oriented, but still grounded in real life, paper you do in DIP2 will greatly benefit anyone who is interested in developing or changing different aspects of certain parts of one's current work organization. Not only do you in the courses get to take part of current research, but the weekly seminars also contribute to an in-depth critical look at what digitalization entails. You will get great feedback and insights from your peers, who all work - in some way - with digitalization, but come from a range of different organizations that have to do with education. It is very rewarding. The products that you focus on, implementation plan in DIP1 and research paper in DIP2, are also fantastic ways of using the course to start thinking about changes or implementations you want to do in your work place. For me, personally, they have also been of great use even though I have since taking the course, changed jobs. To get an in-depth understanding of what digitalization really means and to take a critical look at when and why you might want to digitize and/or digitalize makes me better at my job when it comes to making informed and deliberate choices concerning various digitalization efforts.

- First, the formulation and realization arena for policy in macro-, meso-, and micro levels became visible, making me more precise about which level my research should be. In addition, the challenges in digitalization processes became more understandable. Finally, the course literature has been helpful in my understanding of expanding access to digital technologies in education.

3. What was the most positive experience with the course/s ?

- The honest exchange of ideas within the seminar group was one of the most positive experiences with the course. Each individual always did their part of the work and contributed fully to making sure discussions and written work truly engaged with not only the literature, but also with the ideas we presented and with each of our specific digitalization situations. The open and honest atmosphere in the group created an environment where candid discussions always felt safe and supportive while at the same time being critical, stringent and insightful.

- The teachers’ openness and clarity made me dare to be open in the group. Other positive experiences are variations in the tasks and the gold thread between DIP1 and DIP2.


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