Here we present projects that are connected to DigitaL in various ways.



Description: EfterCancern is part of a research project at the University of Gothenburg in close cooperation with the Jubilee Clinic at Sahlgrenska University Hospital (sv. Jubileumskliniken - Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhus). The project aims to improve and develop the care of cancer survivors who received oncological treatment to the pelvic area, provide support and help to improve quality of life by strengthening self-care. The medical knowledge conveyed has largely been developed at the Department of Clinical Cancer Epidemiology. The solutions we present is based mainly on the research and the experience at the Unit for cancer rehabilitation at Jubilee Clinic.

Start/Finish: March 2015 - undecided

Contact person: Tomas Lindroth

The mobile phone as an integration tool for newcomers in Sweden

Description: Because of the large stream of refugees coming to Sweden, it is important to quickly acclimatised in society to be integrated. The project aims to develop mobile support for language development and intercultural communication for newcomers, so that they in a more personalized and time efficient manner becomes integrated into Swedish society. The goal is to create an educational coupling to achieve the learning effect that currently lack in mobile applications. The development of a mobile platform tailored to recipients 'needs, with the overall integration tool will enhance the newcomers' ability to more quickly and in a more targeted way integrated into society.

Start/Finish: 1 november 2016 / 31 oktober 2018

Financed of: Asyl-, migrations- och integrationsfonden (AMIF)

Contact person: Linda Bradley

PhD projects

Katerina Cerna

Thesis name: Nurses and new quantitative data: Transformation of healthcare in the age of Internet of Things

Description: Project focuses on transformation of nurses' work when they start using new type of quantitative data collected through Internet of Things devices.

Start/Finish: September 2015/June 2019 (planned)

Financed of: GU

Anna Sigridur Islind

Thesis name: Design at the boundaries: On platformization, design & use of digital artefacts in Healthcare setting

Description: The research project is about platforms and apps in a) the care for elderly as well as b) apps, platforms and other technical artifacts in cancer aftercare. The research concerns the design of digital artifacts in health care and how the design and use of such artefacts trigger learning for healthcare personell as well as influences the quality of care. The research also takes the perspective of the elderly/patient, and discusses how the use of digital artifacts can affect the care recipients in their self-care process.

Start/Finish: Mars 2015/Mars 2020

Financed of: University West & DigitaL

Anita Magnusson

Thesis name: (not decided yet)

Description: My research interest is digital media in schools and the media culture that students live and work in. More specific, to increase knowledge about students' digital media moral and empirical identify what students themselves identify as moral issues. It's about visualize the students' perception of ethics and moral aspects in their use of mobile devices and living in and with digital media.

Start/Finish: September 2015/Spring 2020

Financed of: CUL PhD Student in applied IT with focus on education science

Monika Hattinger

Thesis name: Designing work-integrated e-learning between higher education and manufacturing industries

Short description: The thesis is piloted within a longitudinal action design research project between the Production Technology Centre (PTC) at University West and collaborating manufacturing companies in the south west of Sweden. The industry continuously need educated engineers for an effective manufacturing meanwhile the university aim to strengthen learners into a higher academic degree. This duality opens up spaces for collaborative activities of design of work-integrated e-learning (e-WIL) courses, target industry expert competence needs within engineering. The aim is to explore the design of e-WIL courses in cross-organizational collaborations. Technologies used and designed are learning management systems (LMS), web-meeting systems, instructional videos, content production applications (Camtasia), and virtualization of labs.

Start/(planned) finish: September 2012/September 2017

Financed by: The Knowledge Foundation,

Torbjörn Ott

Thesis name: Closure - Infrastructures for Learning and Mobile Phones (working title)
Description: The infrastructure for learning in formal education is building on certain ICT and certain conventions. In latter years students’ mobile phones has penetrated in to the school arena. Mobile phones brought into schools by students have proven to be challenging to the traditional school practice. Mobile phones have been suggested as being potentially both beneficial and disruptive to the learning in schools. In the thesis mobile phones in school settings are studied from an infrastructural perspective.

Start/Slut: 2011/2017  (planerat)

Financed by: DigitaL, CUL and LinCS

Sofia Serholt

Thesis name: Social robots in education from students’ and teachers’ perspectives

Short description: Continuing advances in the field of robotics are making social robots a possible addition to education (Han, 2012; Mubin, Stevens, Shahid, Mahmud, & Dong, 2013). This thesis explores how students and teachers view the possibility of robots adopting social roles in education, what they expect and desire from such robots, and how robots may fit into the educational setting. Through a longitudinal field study with an empathic robotic tutor, students’ perceptions and interactions with robots are studied. Focus groups and surveys are used to actively involve stakeholders in exploring future implications pertaining to ethics and design of social robots.

Start/(planned) finish: 2013/2017

Financed by: The European Commission (EC): the EU FP7 ICT-317923 project EMOTE ( and DigitaL


Livia Norström 

Thesis Name: Social Media in Local Public Government: an Exploration of Communicators’ Practice and Emerging Skills

Short description: The research project focuses on the digitalisation of the workplace with special focus on change processes related to the use of external, generative platforms such as e.g. Facebook. The thesis is based on a case study in Swedish municipalities with a focus on how the interaction between communicators and citizens is challenged when social media is used as a complement to other communication channels. The thesis describes and explains for exempel how communicators' demands for transparency, responsiveness and accountability come to a head when control over content and behaviour in social media is missing.

Start/finish: 2013/2017

Financed by: University West

Sara Willermark

Thesis Name: Progression in practice. To develop teaching in and for a digitalized school

Short description: As technology becomes both more powerful and portable it is changing the conditions for teaching and learning and new strategies for teaching needs to be developed, both in interaction with students and subject content. The longitudinal research project focuses on how teachers develop their teaching practice with digital technology.

Start/Finish: Januari 2013/Januari 2018 (planned)

Financed by: University West, Cross-Border Nordic Education Project (GNU) and DigitaL

Helena Vallo Hult

Thesis name: IT and learning in everyday practice: challenges and opportunities for health professionals

Short description: The thesis focuses on the digitization of health in relation to work and everyday learning. The development of new information technologies (e-health), an increasingly digitized workplace, patient-centered care and the rapidly increasing volume of medical knowledge means new challenges but also opportunities in terms of information, communication and learning. The research project focuses on how physicians perceive their work placement with respect to the role of IT has to support clinical work and continuous learning.

Start / End: December 2014 / December 2018 (licentiate degree)

Financed by: University West and NU-sjukvården, Fyrbodals Health Academy (sv. Fyrbodals Hälsoakademi)

Lars-Olof Johansson

Thesis name: A learning perspective on the design of innovative digital services

Short description: The empirical material for this thesis comes from two projects aimed at designing and developing digital services for use in everyday situations. The first project HITTA, was a collaboration between researchers / PhD students, developers and families of dementia. In some stressful situations so happens that the one who suffers from dementia disappears, the relative does not know where the dementia is. The digital service that was developed was adapted to the needs of users. The second project, Free2Ride, was a collaboration between researchers, developers and members from the two equestrian clubs. In all sports, accidents happen! In horse-sports, it is a fairly common accident the rider falls off the horse. It is also quite common for riders rides themselves in the forest or exercising jumping in a riding arena. The digital service that was developed was a separation alarm to warn if the rider fell off the horse. These two innovation projects have been studied from a learning perspective, focusing on interfaces practitioners and "boundary spanners".

Start / End: Feb 2016/Fall 2017 or spring 2018

Financed by: University West and DigitaL

Pilot projects


Name of the pilot project: LIDER (Learning In Digitized Emergency Response)

Short description: LIDER is a pilot project in cooperation between the DigitaL Project (University of Gothenburg and University West) and Rescue Service in Greater Gothenburg and SOS Alarm AB (sv. Räddningstjänsten i Storgöteborg och SOS-Alarm AB). The aim of the project is to examine a sample of 19-year record of digitized incident reports and examine how the data can be the basis for learning in a dynamic and time-critical work within the emergency services operator's and management's practices. The research questions of this pilot project is: How can the data be converted into knowledge to facilitate and execute a time-critical work at the disaster? How can new methods and digitized support system be designed for efficient exchange of experience between the teams? Results so far show the need of experience exchange between employees, for example, if knowledge can be understood over time, i.e. process knowledge, from dispatching to the rescue operation, and evaluation. It would also achieve a greater awareness of the importance and contribution reported explore digitization and sharing of experience of events and activities that are linked to specific events.

Start/Finish: HT2015 - HT 2016

Financed by: DigitaL

Contact persons: Ulrika Lundh Snis and Fredrik Bergstrand