Ole Smørdal

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Postal address P.O. Box 1161 Blindern NO-0318 Oslo

Academic Interests

I'm a researcher at the Department of Education.

I have a long-term experience in the intersection between design, education, and computer science. My interests are related to learning ecologies, infrastructuring, social innovation, empowerment, and sustainability. I'm specialized in research that is based on practice partnerships, and adopts design-based and participatory methods in such collaborations. I'm head of a research driven design and development unit, EngageLab, at the University of Oslo.


  • Dr. Scient (Informatics) University of Oslo 1999. Work Oriented Objects: Thesis on object oriented modeling related to human activity systems. Theory, concepts, methods and case studies.
  • Cand. Scient (Informatics) University of Oslo 1992.
  • AFF/NHH Solstrand programme for young managers 2009.

Higher education and employment history

  • Researcher and head of EngageLab, Department of Education, University of Oslo, 2017-
  • Academic director and researcher, EngageLab, 2013-2016
  • Associate Professor, InterMedia, University of Oslo, 2003-2012
  • Head of InterMediaLab, InterMedia, University of Oslo, 2003-2012, leading and shaping development and experiment activities within research projects at InterMedia. Strategic design of ICT and video infrastructures and support, budget and personnel management. 
  • Scientific Programmer, InterMedia, University of Oslo, 2001-2003.
  • Software Designer and Developer, Birdstep Technology ASA, 2000-2003, lead designer for the product Nomadic Portal, which provide local, personalized services in wireless networks (IP-zones).
  • Scientific Programmer, Department of Informatics, 1997-2001, responsible for development and support of the Multimedia Communications Lab, MMCL.
  • Research Fellow, Department for Informatics, University of Oslo, 1993-1997.


PhD level

Anja Amundrud (Department of Education) (academic co-supervisor)

Sumit Pandey (Department of Informatics) Transparency and intentionality: Implications on designing technologies and design practices (academic co-supervisor)

Master level

I teach at the Communication, Design and Learning field of study.


Member of the steering committee and demo/interactive event chair for International conference for Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2003, member of the steering committee and poster and demonstration chair for European Conference on Object Oriented Programming (ECOOP) 2004, member of the program committee and responsible for the exhibition at Nordic Digital Excellence in Museums (NODEM) 2006, member of the organizing committee for Fourth Nordic Conference on Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR) 2007, member of the program committee of the International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU) 2013 and 2015, member of the program committee of NODEM 2014, member of the organizing committee for Nordic Design Research Conference (NORDES) 2009, member of the program committee for NORDES 2011 and 2017.


Tags: Education, ICT and learning, Design-based research, Participatory design, Citizenship, EngageLab


  • Smørdal, Ole; Rasmussen, Ingvill & Major, Louis (2021). Supporting classroom dialogue through developing the Talkwall microblogging tool: considering emerging concepts that bridge theory, practice and design. Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy.  ISSN 1891-943X.  2 Show summary
  • Gil, Alfredo Jornet; Arnseth, Hans Christian & Smørdal, Ole (2019). Makerspaces in the Making: Reconfiguring Cultures of Facilitation across the Kindergarten and the Science Museum, In Alicia Blum-Ross; Kristiina Kumpulainen & Jackie Marsh (ed.),  Enhancing Digital Literacy and Creativity. Makerspaces in the Early Years.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780367197889.  Chapter 7.
  • Ludvigsen, Sten Runar; Warwick, Paul; Rasmussen, Ingvill; Rødnes, Kari Anne; Smørdal, Ole & Major, Louis (2019). Learning as Gap-Closing In and Across Subject: Digitalised Dialogues Across the Curriculum, In Åsa Makitalo; Todd E. Nicewong & Mark Elam (ed.),  Designs for Experimentation and Inquiry. Approaching Learning and Knowing in Digital Transformation.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-13-8592711.  2.  s 31 - 49 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Smørdal, Ole & Rasmussen, Ingvill (2019). Bridging concepts as intermediary knowledge in design: productive dialogues and the Talkwall microblogging tool, In Kristine Lund; G Niccolai; Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver; G Gweon & Michael J. Baker (ed.),  A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2019, Volume 1.  International Society of the Learning Sciences.  ISBN 978-1-7324672-3-1.  KAPITTEL.  s 993 - 996 Show summary
  • Johannesen, Monica; Øgrim, Leikny & Smørdal, Ole (2016). Facebook as an actor - a case of students negotiating their social presence in an online course. Seminar.net - Media, technology and lifelong learning.  ISSN 1504-4831.  12(1) . doi: 10.21125/iceri.2016.0307 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Smørdal, Ole; Liestøl, Gunnar & Erstad, Ola (2016). Exploring situated knowledge building using mobile augmented reality. QWERTY - Interdisciplinary Journal of Technology, Culture and Education.  ISSN 1828-7344.  11(1) Show summary
  • Smørdal, Ole; Wensaas, Kristina Ebbing; Lopes-Aparicio, Susana; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad & Hoelscher, Kristian (2016). Key issues for enhancing citizen participation in co-constructing city futures. CEUR Workshop Proceedings.  ISSN 1613-0073.  1776, s 68- 75 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Tran, Cathy; Smørdal, Ole & Conley, A. (2016). The Interaction between Design Features and Learners’ Goals: A Case Study of a Science Museum Game. ID&A Interaction design & architecture(s).  ISSN 1826-9745.  29, s 24- 51 Show summary
  • Liestøl, Gunnar; Smørdal, Ole & Erstad, Ola (2015). STEM–Learning by means of Mobile Augmented Reality. Exploring the Potential of Augmenting Classroom Learning with Situated Simulations and Practical Activities on Location., In L. Gómez Chova; A. López Martínez & I. Candel Torres (ed.),  Edulearn15 Proceedings.  The International Academy of Technology, Education and Development.  ISBN 978-84-606-8243-1.  1.  s 6515 - 6523
  • Stuedahl, Dagny & Smørdal, Ole (2015). Matters of Becoming - Experimental zones for making museums public with social media. CoDesign - International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts.  ISSN 1571-0882.  11(3-4), s 193- 207 . doi: 10.1080/15710882.2015.1081245 Show summary
  • Smørdal, Ole; Stuedahl, Dagny & Sem, Idunn (2014). Experimental zones: two cases of exploring frames of participation in a dialogic museum. Digital Creativity.  ISSN 1462-6268.  25(3), s 224- 232 . doi: 10.1080/14626268.2014.904366 Show summary
  • Moen, Anne & Smørdal, Ole (2012). RareICT: A web-based resource to augment self-care and independence with a rare medical condition. Work : A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation.  ISSN 1051-9815.  41(3), s 329- 337 . doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-1303
  • Rasmussen, Ingvill; Lund, Andreas & Smørdal, Ole (2012). Visualisation of Trajectories of Participation in a Wiki: A Basis for Feedback and Assessment?. Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy.  ISSN 1891-943X.  (1), s 21- 35
  • Sandvik, Margareth; Smørdal, Ole & Østerud, Svein (2012). Exploring iPads in Practitioners' Repertoires for Language Learning and Literacy Practices in Kindergarten. Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy.  ISSN 1891-943X.  03, s 204- 221 Show summary
  • Jahreie, Cecilie Flo; Arnseth, Hans Christian; Krange, Ingeborg; Smørdal, Ole & Kluge, Anders (2011). Designing for play-based learning of concepts in science – Technological tools for bridging school and science museum contexts. Children, Youth and Environments.  ISSN 1546-2250.  21(2) Full text in Research Archive.
  • Stuedahl, Dagny & Smørdal, Ole (2011). Designing for Young Visitors’ Co-composition of Doubts in Cultural Historical Exhibitions. Computers and Composition.  ISSN 8755-4615.  28(3), s 215- 223 . doi: 10.1016/j.compcom.2011.07.008
  • Stuedahl, Dagny & Smørdal, Ole (2011). Young visitors' "messing around" in museums : exploring social media to engage teens in participation. Barn.  ISSN 0800-1669.  29(3/4), s 169- 190 Show summary
  • Moen, Anne & Smørdal, Ole (2010). Sharing Sensitive Health Matters Online - Design Challenges for Participation and Polyvocality, In Geraldine Fitzpatrick; Kristina Höök; Madeline Balaam; Erik Grönvall; Olav W. Berthelsen (ed.),  Therapeutic Strategies. A Challenge for User Involvement in Design.  Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University.  kap 10.  s 42 - 50
  • Moen, Anne; Smørdal, Ole; Sem, Idunn & Drevon, Thomas (2010). Kollektiv kunnskapsbygging og digitalt likemannsarbeid: Wiki for pasientar med sjeldan diagnose, I: Aksel Tjora & Anne Grete Sandaunet (red.),  Digitale pasienter.  Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 9788205399099.  kapittel 4.  s 84 - 100
  • Morrison, Andrew; Smørdal, Ole; Lund, Andreas & Moen, Anne (2010). Multiple Activity—Multiple Mediation: Conceptualizing and Furthering the Use of Wikis, In Andrew Morrison (ed.),  Inside Multimodal Composition.  Hampton Press.  ISBN 1-57273-958-4.  Chapter 12.  s 361 - 382
  • Stuedahl, Dagny & Smørdal, Ole (2010). Design as Alignment of Modalities, In Andrew Morrison (ed.),  Inside Multimodal Composition.  Hampton Press.  ISBN 1-57273-958-4.  Chapter 10.  s 295 - 318
  • Lund, Andreas; Rasmussen, Ingvill & Smørdal, Ole (2009). Joint designs for working in wikis: a case of practicing across settings and modes of work, In Harry Daniels (ed.),  Activity theory in practice: promoting learning across boundaries and agencies.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0-415-47725-3.  Kap 11.  s 206 - 229
  • Moen, Anne; Smørdal, Ole & Sem, Idunn (2009). Web-based resources for peer support- opportunities and challenges. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics.  ISSN 0926-9630.  150, s 302- 306 . doi: 10.3233/978-1-60750-044-5-302

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  • Røe, Per Gunnar; Smørdal, Ole & Westskog, Hege (2021). Includes prosjekter og rød tråd.
  • Sævarsdottir, Margret; Hovland, marit & Smørdal, Ole (2021). ‘SustainableFood’, a school-NGO collaboration towards more sustainable food consumption".
  • Dolonen, Jan Arild & Smørdal, Ole (2020). Hvordan brukes teknologi for å få flere til å delta i samtaler?.
  • Smørdal, Ole (2020). Bærekraft i fagfornyelsen.
  • Smørdal, Ole (2020). Learning analytics in Talkwall.
  • Smørdal, Ole (2020). Samtavla.no: Design og deling av undervisningsopplegg for kritisk tenkning.
  • Sævarsdottir, Margret; Hovland, Marit & Smørdal, Ole (2020). Matvinn - samarbeid mellom frivillige og skolen om bærekraft. Show summary
  • Wensaas, Kristina ebbing; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad & Smørdal, Ole (2020). The case study “Framtidsbilder Trondheim sentrum 2050”. Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Winther, Tanja; Jackson Inderberg, Tor Håkon; Røe, Per Gunnar; Westskog, Hege & Smørdal, Ole (2020). Dialogmøte med OED om Include.
  • Winther, Tanja & Smørdal, Ole (2020). Dialgmøte med Utdanningsforbundet.
  • Winther, Tanja; Westskog, Hege; Jackson Inderberg, Tor Håkon; Røe, Per Gunnar & Smørdal, Ole (2020). Møte med 22 brukerpartnere Include.
  • Amundrud, Anja Skrepstad & Smørdal, Ole (2019). Developing Educational Technologies: The continuous Improvement of Talkwall.
  • Rasmussen, Ingvill; Smørdal, Ole; Amundrud, Anja Skrepstad; Frøytlog, Jo Inge Johansen; Omland, Maren; Dolonen, Jan Arild & Warwick, Paul (2019). Dialogisk undervisning med digitale verktøy. Ressurser for lærere..
  • Smørdal, Ole; Hennissen, Grete Kristin; Hoelscher, Kristian; Wensaas, Kristina ebbing; Lopez-Aparicio, Susana; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Wilson, Alexander & Kahlia, Maarit (2019). Co-Constructing City Futures: Enabling Participation in Urban Planning Processes with ICTs.
  • Smørdal, Ole; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Wensaas, Kristina ebbing; Hoelscher, Kristian; Lopez-Aparicio, Susana & Ngo, Hoang Bao (2019). delta.framtidstrondheim.no. [www ]. Show summary
  • Smørdal, Ole & Rasmussen, Ingvill (2019). samtavla.no - delingsplattform for undervisningsmaler. [www ].
  • Smørdal, Ole; Rasmussen, Ingvill; Nesnass, Richard & Ngo, Hoang Bao (2019). samtavla.no - redesign and Feide integration. [www ].
  • Wensaas, Kristina ebbing; Djurhus, Mads; Smørdal, Ole; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Hoelscher, Kristian & Lopez-Aparicio, Susana (2019). Framtidsbilder Trondheim senturm 2050 som medvirkningsprosjekt.
  • Wensaas, Kristina ebbing & Smørdal, Ole (2019). Det femte bidraget – medvirkning og samskaping (midtveisseminar).
  • Wensaas, Kristina ebbing & Smørdal, Ole (2019). Det femte bidraget – medvirkning og samskaping (sluttseminar).
  • Gil, Alfredo Jornet & Smørdal, Ole (2018). Designing for making across kindergarten and science museum: Tensions and opportunities. Show summary
  • Jornet, Alfredo; Arnseth, Hans Christian & Smørdal, Ole (2018). Makerspace-Making. Tensions and opportunities in design-based inquiry across kindergarten and museum..
  • Jornet, Alfredo; Arnseth, Hans Christian & Smørdal, Ole (2018). Making Collaborating. A Cultural-Historical approach to pedagogical innovation..
  • Rasmussen, Ingvill & Smørdal, Ole (2018). Samtavla.no – trening i kritisk tenkning. [www ]. Show summary
  • Smørdal, Ole (2018). Emerging Concepts for Co-Designing Technology for Dialogic Practices – the case with Talkwall..
  • Pettersen, Ida Nilstad & Smørdal, Ole (2017). Digital tools for citizen engagement in sustainable urban development: their relevance to the everyday life of citizens and professionals.
  • Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Smørdal, Ole; Wensaas, Kristina Ebbing & Lopez-Aparicio, Susana (2017). Citizen engagement in mobility-related sustainable urban development: Current practices, challenges and opportunities for change.
  • Rasmussen, Ingvill & Smørdal, Ole (2016). Samtavla http://www.samtavla.no. [html ]. Show summary
  • Rødnes, Kari Anne; Rasmussen, Ingvill; Ludvigsen, Sten Runar; Smørdal, Ole & Frøytlog, Jo Inge Johansen (2016). Digitalised Dialogues Across the Curriculum (DiDiAC): Design-based interventions for developing 21st-century skills.
  • Smørdal, Ole (2016). Connecting learning across contexts - two design cases.
  • Smørdal, Ole (2016). Participatory Design & Design for Participation, a case with Talkwall. Show summary
  • Smørdal, Ole; Liestøl, Gunnar & Erstad, Ola (2015). Building ecologies for knowledge building.
  • Smørdal, Ole & Østerud, Svein (2015). An inquiry based writing workshop with iPads in a 4th grade science classroom.
  • Hemmersam, Peter; Morrison, Andrew; Aspen, Jonny; Martin, Nicole Rae; Sem, Idunn; Smørdal, Ole & Havnør, Martin (2014). MAPPA - a collaborative tool for mapping the city. Show summary
  • Smørdal, Ole; Nesnass, Richard; Pierroux, Palmyre & Sem, Idunn (2014). Snøkult: Designing a multitouch table for co-composition in an educational setting. Show summary
  • Smørdal, Ole & Slotta, Jim (2014). Enacting science inqury scripts across contexts and in hybrid spaces. Show summary
  • Isdal, Edith; Haavie, Jon; Sem, Idunn; Nesnass, Richard; Toussaint, Jeremy; Smørdal, Ole; Bakken, Sven Magne; Myhr, Frode; Christiansen, Geir; Krange, Ingeborg; Arnseth, Hans Christian; Stuedahl, Dagny; Swensen, Kaja Vembe; Andreassen, Dag; Andersson, Jan Alfred; Hudgins, Aiyana & Heggelund, Håvard (2013). Prototype Workshop ved Norsk Teknisk Museum. Show summary
  • Rasmussen, Ingvill & Smørdal, Ole (2013). Demonstrasjon: Computer-supported note-sharing to enhance joint sense-making.
  • Stuedahl, Dagny & Smørdal, Ole (2013). Collaboration and Co-design.
  • Tran, Cathy & Smørdal, Ole (2013). Motivated interactions with digital games in a science center.
  • Bakken, Sven Magne; Haavie, Jon; Isdal, Edith; Toussaint, Jeremy; Nesnass, Richard; Krange, Ingeborg; Smørdal, Ole; Jornet, Alfredo; Andersson, Jan Alfred & Tran, Cathy (2012). Varmepumpespill - installasjon i utstillingen EnergiTivoli.
  • Smørdal, Ole & Slotta, Jim (2012). Science Hub: A digital medium for supporting 
collective science inquiry in hybrid spaces.
  • Stuedahl, Dagny & Smørdal, Ole (2012). Experimental zones – spaces for new forms of participation in museum exhibition development.
  • Stuedahl, Dagny & Smørdal, Ole (2012). Matters of durability, maintenance and continuity in digital intangible heritage.
  • Stuedahl, Dagny & Smørdal, Ole (2012). Studying museums blogs and Facebook activities as platforms for new types of audience relations.
  • Jahreie, Cecilie Flo; Smørdal, Ole & Stuedahl, Dagny (2011). IKT-støttet læring på tvers av skole og museer/vitensentre.
  • Pierroux, Palmyre; Smørdal, Ole & Birkeland, Anne (2011). Designing Learning Technologies for ‘The Budding Researcher’ in a Geological Exhibition.
  • Stuedahl, Dagny & Smørdal, Ole (2011). Re-thinking museum assemblies.
  • Fitzpatrick, Geraldine; Höök, Kristina; Balaam, Madeline; Grönvall, Erik; Moen, Anne; Berthelsen, Olav W. & Smørdal, Ole (2010). Therapeutic Strategies. A Challenge for User Involvement in Design. DAIMI PB. 593.
  • Pierroux, Palmyre & Smørdal, Ole (2010). Designing Learning Trajectories with Interactive Tabletops.
  • Smørdal, Ole & Moen, Anne (2010). Sharing Sensitive Health Matters Online – Design Challenges for Participation and Polyvocality.
  • Smørdal, Ole; Perritano, Anthony John & Sem, Idunn (2010). Multi context, multi representation, multi touch.
  • Weinbrenner, Stefan; Hoppe, Ulrich; Wichmann, Astrid; Bollen, Lars; Weres, Csaba; Desmoulins, Cyrille; Wajeman, Claire; d'Ham, Cédric; Dolonen, Jan Arild & Smørdal, Ole (2009). SCY Basic Ontology for ELOs.
  • Lund, Andreas; Rasmussen, Ingvill & Smørdal, Ole (2009). TWEAK - et prosjekt for kollektiv kunnskapsbygging gjennom bruk av wiki.
  • Moen, Anne; Smørdal, Ole; Sem, Idunn & Drevon, Thomas (2009). RareICT - digital resources for collaborative knowledge construction supporting self-care.
  • Smørdal, Ole; Pierroux, Palmyre & Perritano, Anthony John (2009). Multi-touch tables across contexts.
  • Smørdal, Ole; Raein, Maziar & Hensel, Michael (2009). Exhibition chair for NORDES 2009, Engaging Artefact.
  • Smørdal, Ole; Sem, Idunn & Moen, Anne (2009). Å leve med. Wiki for helsepersonell, pårørende og pasienter med skjeldne diagnoser.
  • Stuedahl, Dagny & Smørdal, Ole (2009). Extending the artefact with digital media - communicating cultural heritage with young users.
  • Ulfsnes, Kari-Anne; Sem, Idunn & Smørdal, Ole (2009). InterMedia website. Show summary
  • Andreassen, Ingvild Solberg; Smørdal, Ole; Sem, Idunn; Drevon, Thomas & Toussaint, Jeremy (2008). Åpen arkeologi. [html ]. Show summary
  • Lund, Andreas; Rasmussen, Ingvill & Smørdal, Ole (2008). Joint designs for working in wikis: a case of practicing across settings and modes of work.
  • Lund, Andreas; Rasmussen, Ingvill & Smørdal, Ole (2008). Joint designs for working in wikis:a case of practicing across settings and modes of work.
  • Lund, Andreas; Rasmussen, Ingvill & Smørdal, Ole (2008). TWEAK as pedagogical and technological co-design for collectively-oriented practices.
  • Pierroux, Palmyre; Rasmussen, Ingvill; Lund, Andreas & Smørdal, Ole (2008). Supporting and Tracking Collective Cognition in Wikis (Symposium).
  • Sem, Idunn; Smørdal, Ole & Bratteteig, Tone (2008). Nordic Design Research Conference 2009. [html ]. Show summary
  • Smørdal, Ole; Rasmussen, Ingvill; Lund, Andreas; Sem, Idunn; Roaldset, Live K; Drevon, Thomas & Toussaint, Jeremy (2008). TWEAK - Tweaking Wikis for Education and Advancement of Knowledge. [www ]. Show summary
  • Dolonen, Jan Arild; van Assche, Frans; Hartinger, Sylvia; Splichal, Jiri; Hauge, Trond Eiliv & Smørdal, Ole (2007). Supporting tools integrated into LRE portal version3. Report D1.1 Calibrating eLearning in Schools. Show summary
  • Hauge, Trond Eiliv; Dolonen, Jan Arild & Smørdal, Ole (2007). Semantic interoperability of learning resource descriptions based on national curricula.
  • Lund, Andreas; Rasmussen, Ingvill & Smørdal, Ole (2007). Designing a space for teacher interventions in a wiki learning environment.
  • Lund, Andreas; Rasmussen, Ingvill & Smørdal, Ole (2007). Technological Support for Collective Tasks and Activities in a Wiki: Design Ideas and Classroom Realities.
  • Moen, Anne; Sem, Idunn & Smørdal, Ole (2007). ChronICT – learning resources for patient, relatives and health providers dealing with chronic condition.
  • Rasmussen, Ingvill; Lund, Andreas & Smørdal, Ole (2007). Wiki design for teacher interventions in collaborative production.
  • Stuedahl, Dagny & Smørdal, Ole (2007). Use of Blogs for Studying Users' Engagement with Mobile Telephones in Museum Environments.
  • Mifsud, Mary Louise & Smørdal, Ole (2006). Teacher Perception of Handheld Technology: Pedagogical Practices.
  • Stuedahl, Dagny & Smørdal, Ole (2006). Design as alignment of heterogeneous actors in mediation of cultural historical research. Show summary
  • Aminoff, Anna; Toiviainen, Hanna; Moen, Anne; Höynälänmaa, Mikko; Lallimo, Jiri; Smørdal, Ole; Mørch, Anders Irving & Toikka, Seppo (2006). Synthetic report of research and development of professional knowledge practices. KP-Lab deliverable 10.1.

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