The explosive emergence of net-based learning in higher education brings with it new possibilities and constraints in teaching and learning environments.This edited collection considers how the concept of Academic Bildung - a term suggesting a personal educational process beyond actual educational learning - can be applied to net-based higher education. The book is drawing on Scandinavian research to address the topic from both a theoretical and practical standpoint.Chapters explore the facilitation of online courses and argue how and why universities should involve dimensions of Academic Bildung on both a strategic and technological pedagogical content level.
The book is structured in three parts: Part I frames the current state of net-based learning and introduces Bildung as a concept; Part II contains a set of four case studies in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, also including a fifth study that looks at Scandinavian approaches to teaching and learning in comparison with data from the USA, the UK, Australia and Canada; Part III provides a synthesis of theories and cases to examine whether a Scandinavian orientation can be discerned. Contributions suggest that in order to address one of the fundamental functions of higher education, the ability to produce new knowledge, the Academic Bildung of the students has to be in focus.
Grounded in theoretical and empirical discussion, this book will appeal to researchers and academics in the field of higher education as well as personnel who work with teaching and learning with technology, and academics interested in the question of Academic Bildung.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Framing the Book Moving beyond learning in Net-based Higher Education? Trine Fossland. Net-based environments – creating conditions for communication Helle Mathiasen. On Academic Bildung in Higher Education Mariann Solberg and Finn Thorbjørn Hansen. Strategies for Net-based Education in Scandinavian Universities Frank Holen Part 2: Case Studies Philosophical Orientations of Teaching and Technology: A Scandinavian Case study Heather Kanuka. Educating pharmacists – the perfect prescription? Claire Englund and Maria Wester. Net-based guerrilla didactics Søren Smedegaard Bengtsen, Helle Mathiasen, Christian Dalsgaard. Learning, Meaning and Bildung? Reflections with Reference to a Net-based MBA Programme Gunnar Grepperud and Frank Holen. Interprofessional Net-based Health Education –a possibility to move beyond learning? Trine Fossland Part 3: Rethinking University Education Pedagogical Considerations: A New Discourse Based on Academic Bildung Mariann Solberg, Gunnar Grepperud and Finn Thorbjørn Hansen. Rethinking Net-based Higher Education? The facilitation of a four-voiced pedagogy Trine Fossland. Concluding remarks Helle Mathiasen and Mariann Solberg.
Trine Fossland is Associate Professor at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway.
Helle Mathiasen is Professor at the Faculty of Science, Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mariann Solberg is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway.