Ola Erstad

Head of Department - Department of Education
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Phone +47-22855216
Mobile phone +47-92421396
Room 542
Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 7 Helga Engs hus 0317 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1092 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic Interests

  • Digital literacy
  • Technology and education
  • Formal and informal ways of learning
  • Knowledge building with digital tools
  • Digital learning resources
  • Media education in schools
  • Sociocultural learning theory

Current activities

  • Project leader of project; ‘Local literacies and community spaces. Investigating transitions and transfers in the ‘learning lives’ of Groruddalen. Funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
  • Part of project ‘Elevforsk’, project leader Erik Knain. Sub-project in two upper secondary schools. Title: ‘Knowledge building with digital tools’, using a digital platform called Knowledge Forum.
  • Project called ‘Space2cre8’ (longer title: ‘Youth-Designed Social Networking: Investigating Emergent Literacies, Identities, and Relationships at the Intersection of Online and Offline Experience’) in co-operation with Berkeley University. Working with one Upper Secondary School in Norway, and schools in USA, South-Africa and India.
  • Leader of the research group TransAction at the Faculty of Education
  • Part of the international initiative on ‘Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills’

Completed projects

2005-2009 Head of Steering committee for the national development project ‘Networks for Learning’ (‘Lærende nettverk’), involving almost 600 schools and teacher training colleges during this time period.

2000-2003 National Research Coordinator for Norway on the international study ’Second Information Technology in Education Study – Module 2’ (SITES M2), organized by Stanford Research International (USA), Twente University (the Netherlands) and University of Toronto (Canada)

1999-2003 Head of research for the National PILOT project, (120 schools in 9 regions of Norway, involving 16 researchers from different University Colleges in Norway doing action research in a sample of schools)

Part of project ‘Mediatized stories’, project leader Knut Lundby. Sub-project in lower secondary on ‘Digital storytelling’.


Areas of teaching expertise: learning, technology and education, children and youth in modern society (moderne oppvekst)

Main administrative tasks

2007 - 2009 Head of Research, Institute for Educational Research

2006 – 2008 Coordinator of the doctoral program, Institute for Educational Research

Higher education and employment history


1997: Dr.polit., the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo

1988: Master degree in educational psychology, University of Oslo

Employment history:

2008: Professor, University of Oslo, Institute for Educational Research

2005 – 2008 Associate Professor, University of Oslo, Institute for Educational Research

1998 - 2005 Associate Professor and Head of Research, the National Network for IT Research and Competence in Education (ITU), University of Oslo (www.itu.no)

1997-1998 Researcher, Telenor FoU, unit working on ‘Users of the Future’.

1993-1994 Associate Expert for UNESCO, at the Headquarters in Paris, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

1989 – 1996 Research Fellow, University of Oslo, the Department of Media and Communication


  • Board member of several international journals
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