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Mediating conditions for learning and studying: a research- and development project (MEDPED)

What possibilities and limitations for learning and education are built into the new use of digital technology in post-secondary education? The key purpose is to enable educative processes by new use of technology and develop research-based knowledge about digitalization beyond ‘what works’.

About the project

The project examines educational possibilities and limitations associated with digitalization of higher education programmes.

Key research questions are:

  • Which parts of the programmes can be digitalized without loss of educational qualities?
  • How can leaders, teachers and students overcome obstacles to try out new technologies within teaching practices?
  • How do ethical standards and judgment shape study designs and the new use of digital Technology?


A core aim is to strengthen the knowledge base and the integration of study courses, and to enhance educative processes through professional development about designing and assessing exams.


August 2017, the Department of education, UiO, launched a new revised bachelor’s program in education. Along with this revision, MEDPED received a grant from the Faculty of educational sciences to develop and investigate technology-assisted exercises and examinations. As part of MEDPED, the learning platform Canvas was piloted. As a strategic measure, the project will contribute to new knowledge about enquiry based learning, assessment methods and the efforts of strengthening learning outcomes which are relevant in social and working life. The study is based on a survey to approx. 200 students and includes register-data and group interviews. It ends in the fall of 2018.


Faculty of Educational Sciences (350.000 NOK)

Published June 22, 2018 5:15 PM - Last modified May 13, 2019 1:18 PM


Kirsten Sivesind