Forward thinkers at DTU High Tech Summit 2019 – Professor Helle Rootzén, head of learnT, Center for Digital Learning Technology at DTU Compute. “In the complex world we live in, lifelong learning is required. Further, it is clear that this will increasingly involve digital learning,” says Professor Helle Rootzén, heading learnT.
“Denmark has strong traditions for being a frontrunner in education. That is why we should have a huge focus on developing Danish or maybe Nordic learning technology. We need to be involved in the actual design phase, ensuring that the Danish educational core values are reflected in the final products. To do this, a collaborative effort is required not only involving researchers here at DTU, but also other education sector experts and not least innovative Danish companies.”
Professor Helle Rootzén, head of learnT – Center for Digital Learning Technology at DTU Compute
Fun education, better learning
Situated at DTU Compute, the new entity learnT has direct access to strong research environments within statistics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Internet-of-Things, and software development. The ambition is to not only digitize traditional education, but rather create entirely new concepts.
We see a lot of exciting developments taking place inspired by recent research breakthroughs, not least in neurology. For instance, music or color can be used for enhancing the learning experience. The traditional conception of education, being a necessary evil, you have to endure, is under revision. It seems that your learning actually improves when you are having fun!”
Digital learning technologies produce large amounts of data that can be used to improve existing technologies, and to provide completely new opportunities for deeper learning processes and more suitable education. The disciplines in learnT include learning analytics, educational data mining, learning design, learning theories, playful learning, and ethics.
Stay connected to the physical world
Another focus is how future young people will become digital producers and learn about computational thinking.
“An example of this is research in how students can work as digital designers and combine their different competencies with entrepreneurship knowledge,” says Helle Rootzén, adding:
“We are constantly aware, that students should not be gazing into their computers or tablets too much. There needs to be an interplay with the physical world. Thus, we take a strong interest in how we may combine virtual learning with the processes taking place in the physical world, both between students, between students and teachers, and in more informal learning environments.”
learnT involved at DTU High Tech Summit 2019
At DTU High Tech Summit 2019, learnT is involved in several events, e.g. the workshop “Digitalization on people” (main organizers DJØF and TechDK). The workshop will explore how digitalization affects our lives – positively as well as negatively – especially the cultural effects. Further, learnT / KomDigital has an event on “Building the right competencies for innovation partnerships” at the Nordic Startup Collaboration Track.
“It’s no use closing your eyes to the changes. We need to constantly keep up and try to influence the process.”
Professor Jan Madsen, DTU Compute