Exploring Teaching for Active Learning in Engineering Education

25th & 26th November 2021 - University College Absalon, Kalundborg, Denmark

Keynote: Thomas Ryberg

Keynote: Mikkel Godsk

Keynote: Rie P. Troelsen

A critical-constructive view on educational technology – reclaiming pedagogy - presentation

In the presentation, I take a critical-historical perspective on educational technology, before providing an overview of contemporary developments and challenges within the wider landscape of ‘digital learning in Engineering Education’. As a result of ubiquitous access to online networks both on- and off-campus experiences for students and teachers are being re-configured and transformed. This opens for new ways of designing online or hybrid courses, rethinking notions of place, presence and modes of participation, but equally raises deeper questions such as: what are the pedagogical challenges, we aim to address by adopting digital technologies.

Student engagement in technology-enhanced, blended, and online learning - presentation

Across higher education in Denmark and internationally, there is a general desire to increase learning and student engagement with digital educational technology. Research shows that technology has the potential to support a wide range of student engagement aspects, including active learning, performance, motivation, and deep learning. However, the research also shows no direct link between technology and its effect on engagement. The effect depends on the characteristics of the technology and how it is used in teaching and learning.


Based on a large-scale literature review of the current research, recommendations on how educational technology can support the students’ engagement are presented and supplemented with concrete examples from engineering education. Furthermore, the specific recommendations on how to engage students’ learning with learning management systems, discussion boards, quizzes, audience response systems, social media, and audiovisual media are shared as a deck of cards. Based on the cards, the participants are invited to reflect on their teaching practice and discuss challenges and solutions with peers.

What happened? - presentation

Attending as many hands on and explore sessions as possible during the conference, I look forward to learn all kinds of new and inspiring forms of teaching and learning that motivate, activate and engage students from you.

In my keynote I will present the general trends, patterns of similarities and exciting differences in your contributions and relate them to not only the necessary questions and recommendations on digital enhanced teaching provided to us by the two former keynotes, but also relate them to my own experience as an educational developer for the last 20 years.

So please join me in this last keynote of the conference to sum up the main ideas, insights, inspirations and take-home messages of the conference.