Daniel, Elina, Malin, Hanna, Henrik, Mia
Guests: Tessy Cerratto Pargman, Somya Joshi – Stockholm University (DSV)
More guests: Maria Normark, Madeleine Bonow (Södertörn University (Human geography, Media technology)
Even more guests: Airi Lampinen (Stockholm University/Mobile Life)
At our team meeting earlier today we had invited guests from two different Stockholm-based universities that presented themselves as well as their ICT+sustainability-related research to the MID4S group. We also had an impromptu external guest from Mobile Life; Airi who has a borderline interest in sustainability because of her interest in collaborative consumption and the sharing economy.
Tessy and Somya (from SU) presented a project of theirs about the Fairphone. They have submitted a short paper (4 pages) to the Critical Alternatives conference and are right now finishing up a longer paper that they plan to submit to the upcoming ICT4S conference. There are a multitude of interesting themes connected to their study and we had many follow up questions. We hope the papers get accepted so that we can read them.
Maria and Madeleine (Södertörn) talked about their project ”sustainable communities through digital design” that newly have got a grant from the Baltic Sea Foundation. Their aim is to look at people who have already changed their lifestyles in a sustainable direction and their daily struggles. Instead of trying to convince people who are not yet on the bandwagon. Example of these are Guerrilla gardners and urban farmers, and the hypothesis is that digital arenas are important for these movements.
Both presentations were tremendously interesting and we hope to have the possibility to meet more in the future.
The following persons showed up at today’s team meeting: Daniel, Elina, Hanna, Malin, Ulrica, Mia, Henrik and Björn.
As apart from most of our meetings, we did not have a set topic but rather a bunch of different topics.
– The deadline for submitting papers to the ICT4S has been extended two weeks so the new deadline is at the end of this month.
– Elina talked some about her new job, working part-time for KTH Sustainability Council. KTH Sustainability Education Day will be organised on May 12 this year. We also talked about other KTH-S-related activities.
– Open House April 15. Our group will present [something]. We would like to invite company representatives to come to a pre-open-house meeting and discuss our upcoming master’s education. What does industry want that we should take care.
– During the last 15 minutes we went around the table to discuss current projects.
On the 12 of March, some of the team members went to the KTH conference on pedagogy, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The conference started off with a talk by Johan Alvfors from SFS, discussing teaching and learning from a student perspective, with focus on student centered learning in the fore.
Personally I spent the second session listening and participating in a workshop with Mark Decker from University of Minnesota, who invited us to explore active learning through inquiries. The workshop was very inspiring and interesting, for example how the teacher’s role changes to become more of a facilitator in an active learning environment, and how to make the students reflect on their own learning.
From the MID4S team, one abstract (mine and Daniels) was submitted concerning our course DM2573 Sustainability and Media Technology: Seminars or Support Groups – Responding to students’ emotions in sustainability education. The abstract was submitted to a round table conversation and there were about 10 teachers present. I got several good perspectives and ideas to continue develop the abstract to a longer text. So stay tuned on that one.
Full schedule of the day and abstracts can be found on the conference page.
Personally I found the day inspiring and interesting, although I did not have any time but to listen to invited speakers and taking part of my own round table discussion. Hopefully, the next time, I can learn more from my fellow teachers at KTH.