International Master's Program
LeaDMe is working toward the creation of an International Master's Program in collaboration with three universities in India. The LeaDMe team has signed Memoranda of Understanding with SNDT Women's University, Mumbai University, and K. C. College.
Funding was received from the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) to support the development of the International Master's program with SNDT Women's University.
In preparation for the Master's Program, three pilot courses will be offered during the 2019-2020 academic year: Academic Social Responsibility, Digitalization and Implementation Processes in School, I, and Digitalization and Implementation Processes in School, II (Spring 2020). The courses are designed for educational leaders, teachers, and researchers who hold a bachelor’s degree.
The Language and Literacy in Education Research Cluster at the UMBC Department of Education Presents:
The LeaDMe team is developing doctoral courses within the thematic profile of learning, digitalization, and media and the implications of the digital shift. Course topics will include globalization, internationalization, multilingualism, and inclusive/exclusive practices.
The first doctoral course, Intersectionality Inside and Outside Schools: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives on Multilingualism, Culture, and Identity was offered in Spring 2019.
The LeaDMe initiative emerged from the international network-based research group CCD - Communication, Culture and Diversity. Our research team pursues investigations that fall under three themes 1) digitalization and implementation in educational settings, 2) communication practices for inclusive learning, and 3) multimodal learning in language and literature.
Ongoing Research Projects include:
Systematic Meta-Study on digitalization as a tool for inclusion
Sara Goico and Dr. Giulia Messina Dahlberg are conducting a meta-study on the use of digital technologies in order to improve the inclusion of marginalized populations in educational settings.
Survey on the use of digital technologies among teacher trainers
Ulli Samuelsson is conducting a survey as a first effort to understand the experience and competence with digital technologies of teacher trainers in teacher training programs around Sweden.
DiveiN (Diversity as Normality)
Ylva Lindberg, Elisabet Sandblom, Therése Haglind, Karl Hedman, and Sylvi Vigmo have a current project Diversity as Normality (DiveIN), which investigates what diversity can be found in school-related digital-communicative practices, how it can theoretically be conceptualized and described, and what gaps exist between digital-communicative practices in society at large, educational steering documents, and practices in school-related contexts. The research has been presented at conferences including EARLI SIG 10 & 21, Mediamorphosis, and Forskningsbaserad undervisning – teori och praktik i samverkan.
Text Universes in teaching design
Anette Svensson, Therése Haglind, Anette Almgren White, and Fredrik Ebefors have a current research project, Text universes and complex learning, that combines teaching design with text universes, where (parts of) a storyworld, for example, plot or characters, is recreated within and across different media forms such as novels, films, graphic novels, and computer games. Thus, the project responds to the challenge of teaching literature in an increasingly digitalised school in which teachers express a need for new ways of integrating students’ media use with literary studies. The project emerged from a previous research project, Fiction and Education in a new Media Ecology, led by Stefan Lundström, LTU and financed by The Swedish Research Council. The research has been presented at conferenes such as SMDI, Forskningsbaserad undervisning – teori och praktik i samverkan, GeM2018, and MediaMorphosis.
Lars Almén's doctoral research focuses on the digitalization of the Swedish school system, with a point of departure in the digitalization initiative taken by the Government of Sweden in 2017.
Johan Bäcklund's doctoral research focuses on teaching methods and student learning in a digitalized world.
Content updated 2020-08-18