Thursday, October 30, 2008

PL 50/08: LATINA Spring 2009

Filed under: LATINA, library 2.0 — plinius @ 7:03 am

In the spring 2009 the LATINA team will offer an extended version of the LATINA summer course. The course, which is limited to fifteen participants, is aimed at international students at Oslo University College (OUC).

LATINA students at work. Photo: Joanna Wroblewska.

We will also accept a few candidates from outside OUC for the three intensive weeks only.  Please contact Tord Høivik at [tordhoivik AT] if you want more information about this possibility – or about the content of LATINA Spring.

Learning and teaching in a digital world (LATINA)

LATINA Spring is a 15 credit course for students and others that want to develop their educational skills on the World Wide Web. [The three week option gives7 credits.]

The full course combines three intensive week-long workshops, in February, March and May, with supervised individual or small-group project work between the full-time workshops.


Digital technology has started to transform the way we learn and the way we teach. Traditional education takes place in a closed physical and social space, with limited technical resources, and with a single person in charge. The web changes those conditions. In countries where web access is widespread, learning activities can take many other forms. Many countries are now ready for digital, web-based education. The technological tools are in place – but how can we use them to to create interesting and challenging environments for learning?

LATINA is a new and unique course for digital students and teachers – developed by people with many years of practical experience in this field. Digital education requires a technical infrastructure. But technology by itself is not enough. The new technical possibilities must be understood, embraced and developed. Good teachers use books, classrooms, blackboards and chalk effectively. In LATINA we approach digital learning and teaching in the same spirit. We stress creative learning and challenging teaching. Our lectures combine solid theory with advanced concepts and cases. We believe in active learning and will allocate much time to practical work and group discussions.

The course is aimed equally at those who learn and at those who teach. In digital environments, in fact, the line between the two is often blurred. In the digital world, texts and tools are available to everybody. Superficial learning is accumulation – or more of the same. Deep learning is different. We are committed to change – and ask the participants to go beyond their current skills and conceptual models.

The course will give you a practical, hands-on introduction to a variety of web-based tools for learning and teaching. At the same time we will relate the tools to relevant learning theories – and to theories of historical, economic, organizational and socio-technical change. The digital revolution runs deep, and we can only understand educational change if we see learning and teaching in a broad historical perspective.


The course is offered by the Faculty of Journalism, Library and Information Science, but is open for students from all faculties. The course is produced by LATINA Lab, which is a joint project by the OUC Centre for Educational Research and Development and the OUC Learning Centre. The workshops are held in the Learning Centre (Pilestredet 48, 3rd floor). The workshop weeks are:

  • Week 1, February 2-6
  • Week 2, March 16-20
  • Week 3, May 11-15

The course is jointly directed by Associate Professor Tord Høivik (Faculty of Journalism, Library and Information Science), Professor Helge Høivik (Centre for Educational Research and Development) and Assistant Professor Vibeke Bjarnø (Faculty of Education and International Studies).

LATINA is also offered as a three week summer course, giving 7 ECTS credits. The 2009 Summer School will probably open on Sunday, June 21 and run till Saturday, July 11.

The actual teaching at LATINA Spring will be adapted to the needs of the participants, but the LATINA SUmmer 2008 web site illustrates how we work.






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