Rolf Erik Jorgenson Steier

Adjunct Professor - Department of Education
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Mobile phone 90692626
Room 4391
Available hours By appointment
Visiting address Gustadallèen 21 Forskningsparken 0349 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1092 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic Interests

My research focuses on collaborative learning processes in a variety of contexts and disciplines including museums, classrooms, and professional design settings, with specialized interest in the relationship face-to-face collaboration and mediating technologies. I am currently researching processes of embodied meaning making and imagination across multiple disciplinary settings and large-scale research projects. I am participating in the ReleQuant research project in the Department of Physics to design and research digital tools for learning modern physics. I am also participating in the Mediascapes research project in the Department of Education to study digital practices of architects and the implications for curation and participation and the National Museum of Architecture.


2015-2018: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Education, University of Oslo

2010-2014: PhD candidate, InterMedia, University of Oslo

2013: Visiting Fellow - Educational Communication and Technology, New York University,  DOLCE lab under Professor Chris Hoadley 

2008-2009: Fulbright Scholar, Norway

2007: Master of Arts in Education: Learning, Design & Technology. Stanford University

2006: Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Product Design. Stanford University


UV9120 - (PhD Course) Design-based Research and Case Studies

PED4550 – Design-Based Research, Virtual Ethnography, and Interaction Analysis

PED4510 - Learning, Creativity and Innovation


  • Fulbright Grant Award Winner 2008-09
  • Lois Roth Award 2008
Tags: Education, Museums, Learning Sciences, Imagination, Design-based research


  • Steier, Rolf & Davidsen, Jacob (2021). Adapting Interaction Analysis to CSCL: a systematic review. In Hmelo-Silver, Cindy E.; De Wever, Bram & Oshima, Jun (Ed.), Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning - CSCL 2021. International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.. ISSN 978-1-7373306-2-2. p. 157–160.
  • Kersting, Magdalena; Haglund, Jesper & Steier, Rolf (2021). A growing body of knowledge. Science & Education. ISSN 0926-7220. doi: 10.1007/s11191-021-00232-z.
  • Pierroux, Palmyre; Sauge, Birgitte & Steier, Rolf (2021). Exhibitions as a Collaborative Research Space for University-Museum Partnerships. In Achiam, Marianne; Haldrup, Michael & Drotner, Kirsten (Ed.), Experimental Museology. Institutions, Representations, Users.. Routledge. ISSN 9780367406776. p. 149–166.
  • Steier, Rolf & Christidou, Dimitra (2020). Embodying Artistic Process in Art Gallery Visits. In Knutson, Karen; Okada, Takeshi & Crowley, Kevin (Ed.), Multidisciplinary Approaches to Art Learning and Creativity Fostering Artistic Exploration in Formal and Informal Settings. Routledge. ISSN 9780815361886. p. 22–46. doi: 10.4324/9781351114035-3.
  • Steier, Rolf (2020). Designing for Joint Attention and Co-presence Across Parallel Realities. In Gresalfi, Melissa & Horn, I. (Ed.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 3. International Society of the Learning Sciences. ISSN 978-1-7324672-7-9. p. 1309–1316.
  • Kersting, Magdalena; Steier, Rolf & Venville, Grady (2020). Exploring participant engagement during an astrophysics virtual reality experience at a science festival. International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement (IJSE). ISSN 2154-8455. doi: 10.1080/21548455.2020.1857458. Full text in Research Archive
  • Steier, Rolf & Kersting, Magdalena (2019). Metaimagining and embodied conceptions of spacetime. Cognition and Instruction. ISSN 0737-0008. 37(2), p. 145–168. doi: 10.1080/07370008.2019.1580711. Full text in Research Archive
  • Pierroux, Palmyre; Steier, Rolf & Sauge, Birgitte (2019). Imagining, Designing and Exhibiting Architecture in the Digital Landscape. In Makitalo, Åsa; Nicewong, Todd E. & Elam, Mark (Ed.), Designs for Experimentation and Inquiry. Approaching Learning and Knowing in Digital Transformation. Routledge. ISSN 978-1-13-8592711. doi: 10.4324/9780429489839-6.
  • Steier, Rolf; Shapiro, Ben; Christidou, Dimitra; Pierroux, Palmyre; Davidsen, Jacob & Hall, Rogers (2019). Tools and Methods for ‘4E Analysis’: New Lenses for Analyzing Interaction in CSCL, A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings. 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2019, Volume 2.. International Society of the Learning Sciences. ISSN 978-1-7324672-4-8. p. 759–766. Full text in Research Archive
  • Steier, Rolf; Kersting, Magdalena & Silseth, Kenneth (2019). Imagining with improvised representations in CSCL environments. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. ISSN 1556-1607. 14(1), p. 109–136. doi: 10.1007/s11412-019-09295-1. Full text in Research Archive
  • Ludvigsen, Sten Runar & Steier, Rolf (2019). Reflections and looking ahead for CSCL: digital infrastructures, digital tools, and collaborative learning. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. ISSN 1556-1607. 14(4), p. 415–423. doi: 10.1007/s11412-019-09312-3.
  • Kersting, Magdalena & Steier, Rolf (2018). Understanding Curved Spacetime: The Role of the Rubber Sheet Analogy in Learning General Relativity. Science & Education. ISSN 0926-7220. 27(7-8), p. 593–623. doi: 10.1007/s11191-018-9997-4. Full text in Research Archive
  • Pierroux, Palmyre & Steier, Rolf (2016). Making it Real: Transforming a University and Museum Research Collaboration into a Design Product. In Svihla, Vanessa & Reeve, Richard (Ed.), Design as Scholarship. Case Studies from the Learning Sciences. Routledge. ISSN 9781138891654. p. 115–129.
  • Jornet, Alfredo & Steier, Rolf (2015). The matter of space: Bodily performances and the emergence of boundary objects during multidisciplinary design meetings. Mind, Culture, and Activity. ISSN 1074-9039. 22(2), p. 129–151. doi: 10.1080/10749039.2015.1024794.
  • Steier, Rolf (2014). Posing the Question: Visitor Posing as Embodied Interpretation in an Art Museum. Mind, Culture, and Activity. ISSN 1074-9039. 21(2), p. 148–170. doi: 10.1080/10749039.2013.878361.
  • Steier, Rolf & Pierroux, Palmyre (2011). "What is 'the concept'?" Sites of conceptual formation in a touring architecture workshop. Digital kompetanse. ISSN 0809-6724. p. 139–156.

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  • Beck, Eevi Elisabeth; Stalenget, Thale Kristin; Lie, Elin Rødahl & Steier, Rolf (2020). Being and Not-Being at NERA. Towards Research Practices Responsive to Planetary Capacity.
  • Aardalen, Henrikke Flittig & Steier, Rolf (2020). Understanding Visitors’ Immersive Experiences in a Multisensory Architecture Exhibition.
  • Pierroux, Palmyre; Steier, Rolf & Qvale, Anne (2019). Studying Visitors' Exhibition Experiences in a Virtual Reality Environment.
  • Steier, Rolf & Pierroux, Palmyre (2019). Mapping Mediated Interaction in Museums: VisiTracker tool for ethnographic observations of visitor groups.
  • Pierroux, Palmyre; Steier, Rolf; Liu, Thomas; Qvale, Anne; Sauge, Birgitte & Rudi, Jøran [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2019). Virtual Reality Architecture Exhibitions: Means for Experimenting with Future Objects in Anticipation Studies.
  • Pierroux, Palmyre & Steier, Rolf (2018). Group Creativity in Early Adolescence: Relational and Material Aspects of Collaborative Interactions.
  • Sauge, Birgitte; Qvale, Anne & Steier, Rolf (2018). Skogen i huset. Utforsking av parallelle virkeligheter. [Internet]. Nasjonalmuseet nettsider.
  • Pierroux, Palmyre; Steier, Rolf; Sauge, Birgitte; Grefsgård, Ulf & Qvale, Anne (2018). Arkitekturutstilling eksperimenterer med VR- teknologi og lyd. [Internet]. UiO nettsider.
  • Sauge, Birgitte & Steier, Rolf (2018). Real Visitors and Virtual Reality in Architecture Exhibitions.
  • Kersting, Magdalena & Steier, Rolf (2018). Gravity, imagination and embodied conceptions of spacetime.
  • Sauge, Birgitte; Pierroux, Palmyre & Steier, Rolf (2018). Skogen i huset. Utforskning av parallelle virkeligheter.
  • Steier, Rolf & Beck, Eevi Elisabeth (2018). Presence and Meaning Making.
  • Steier, Rolf & Kersting, Magdalena (2018). When a sandwich becomes the earth: imagination and creativity with improvised representations.
  • Steier, Rolf (2016). Making Do-ing: On the Emergence of Representation and Meaning in Collaborative Design Work.
  • Steier, Rolf (2016). Designing learning spaces: moving between schools and museums.
  • Steier, Rolf (2016). Imagining Space and Time: distributed imagination in upper secondary physics classrooms.
  • Steier, Rolf (2016). Conceptual Understanding and Embodied Learning in General Relativity.
  • Pierroux, Palmyre; Steier, Rolf & Sauge, Birgitte (2016). Digital curation and expert practices in museums: A case study of archiving and exhibiting architectural design.
  • Pierroux, Palmyre; Qvale, Anne; Steier, Rolf & Sauge, Birgitte (2014). Posing with Art: Researching and Designing for Performative Acts of Interpretation.
  • Pierroux, Palmyre & Steier, Rolf (2014). Embodied Interpretation: Gesture, Social Interaction and Meaning Making.
  • Steier, Rolf (2014). Designing Interactives in Art Museums: Situating Learning Technologies and Interactions in Gallery Space .
  • Steier, Rolf & Pierroux, Palmyre (2013). Social Media and Interaction Design in Art Museums.
  • Steier, Rolf (2013). Places of Engagement.
  • Steier, Rolf (2012). Learning Landscapes: Physical Space and Digital Technology in Museum Collaboration and Learning.
  • Steier, Rolf (2012). Exploring digital methods for understanding visitor interactions in an art museum.
  • Steier, Rolf (2012). Interactive Tabletops and Meaning Making in Art and Architecture.
  • Steier, Rolf (2011). Snøkult: Teaching Concepts in Architecture in a Touring Museum Workshop.
  • Steier, Rolf (2010). Designing Learning Trajectories with Interactive Tabletops.
  • Steier, Rolf (2009). Projecting Knowledge: Mobile Projectors, Space, and Collaborative Learning in Museums.
  • Steier, Rolf (2014). Embodied Meaning Making and the Museum: Bodies, Artifacts, and Spaces in Sociocultural Approaches to Museum Learning and Design. Akademika forlag.

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