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News from Department of Communication and Psychology
New issue of Journal of PBL in Higher Education: Blended Learning in Architecture and Design Education
The aim of this special issue is to elucidate current practices and experiences of mixing traditional, physical, location-specific and face-to-face modes of learning with online learning formats – altogether known as blended learning. In the design disciplines, this poses particular challenges, as design learning has traditionally been deeply rooted in practices which involve interaction with both people – peers and instructors – and physical matter.
PhD Thesis by Nikorn Rongbutsri: Students Using Online Collaborative Tools in Problem-Oriented Project-Based Learning
This research starts by presenting an overview of how students in Problem-Oriented Project-Based Learning adopt online communication tools. The research reveals the behaviour of students individually, and socially in their groups, in relation to their attitudes towards adoption of communication tools. From the data, the researcher established that a weak division of labour in a project group better enables learning than a strong division.
PhD Thesis by Farshad Badie: A Theoretical Model for Meaning Construction through Constructivist Concept Learning
The central focus of this Ph.D. research is on ‘Logic and Cognition’ and, more specifically, this research covers five academic areas: Logic and Logical Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, Educational Psychology, Cognitive Science and Computer Science.
Frederik Stjernfelt har modtaget Blixenprisen for årets indsats for ytringsfriheden
Frederik Stjernfelt har sammen med Jacob Mchangama modtaget Blixenprisen 2017 for bogen ”Men – Ytringsfrihedens historie i Danmark”.
PhD Thesis by Ester Holte Kofod: Parental Grief after Infant Loss
This thesis examines bereaved parents’ experiences of grief after the loss of an infant child, and how cultural representations, expectations, and norms mediate individual bereavement experiences.
PhD Thesis by David Marco Carré Benzi: Towards a Cultural Psychology of Science: Economics and Economists in contemporary Chile
The present thesis looks to complement existing social studies of science with a cultural psychological perspective, which is sensitive to the personal nature of the scientific activity but also to the cultural conditions in which scientific knowledge is constructed, without subsuming any of these dimensions into the other. At the same time, it offers a novel perspective on the notorious role that economists have had in contemporary Chilean society, a topic that has been largely addressed as social and institutional.
PhD Thesis by Diana Schack Thoft
Title of thesis: "Involving People with Earlystage Dementia in Qualitative Research about their Lifeworld Perspectives". The aim of the study was to develop a participatory research model drawing from qualitative research about the lifeworld perspectives of people with early-stage dementia.
PhD Thesis by Christian Ravn Haslam
This thesis addresses the concept of student-driven innovation from the perspective of vocational education. This is done by experimenting with interdisciplinary problem-based workshops as a tool for generating and applying innovation capacity. These workshops are adapted from university and university college level initiatives to learn how experience generated through use of these methods and principles can be applied within the vocational domain.
PhD Thesis by Morten Lund
The objective of this dissertation is to establish “Functional animation” as the concept for the use of movement as a component in the design of user interfaces for interactive digital systems. The research is grounded in an understanding of interaction design as an interdisciplinary activity that encompasses animation as the skill to control motion as an expressive phenomenon.
New book: Participatory Design & Health Information Technology
This book by Anne Marie Kanstrup, Ann Bygholm, Pernille Bertelsen and Christian Nøhr presents the contributions of researchers from 5 countries, who share their experience and insights into applying Participatory Design in the development of Health Information Technology.
New book by Richard Shusterman: The Adventures of the Man in Gold
The Adventures of the Man in Gold extends Shusterman’s philosophical experimentation to the realm of literary fiction and is inspired by his practice of performance art in collaboration with the artist Yann Toma, who provides the images for this hybrid text.
PhD Thesis by Marianne Riis: Avatar-mediation and transformation of practice in a 3d virtual world
This study contributes with knowledge about 3D Virtual Worlds, the influence of the avatar phenomenon and the consequences of 3D-remediation in relation to teaching and learning in online education.
New issue of Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education
Fifth Issue of the Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education, edited by Thomas Ryberg, Jacob Davidsen, Bettina Dahl.
Open Media Science
This article by Kristian Moltke Martiny, David Budtz Pedersen and Alfred Birkegaard presents three challenges to the emerging Open Science movement: the challenge of communication, collaboration and cultivation of scientific research. The article is freely accessible.
New book: Mapping Frontier Research in the Humanities
Research within the humanities is distributed across a variety of methodic styles of research and increasingly involves interactions with fields outside the narrow confines of the university. As a result, the notion of liberal arts and humanities within Western universities is undergoing profound transformations. In Mapping Frontier Research in the Humanities, the contributors explore this transformative process. The volume is edited by Claus Emmeche, David Budtz Pedersen and Frederik Stjernfelt.
PhD Thesis by Mikka Nielsen: Experiences of ADHD in Adults
This thesis is an examination of adults’ experiences of ADHD. It is a study of life with ADHD, embodied experiences of ADHD, the implications of being diagnosed with ADHD, and ways of relating to the diagnosis.
PhD Thesis by Bettina Sletten Paasch: Care and calls
This PhD thesis by Bettina Sletten Paasch focuses on key aspects of the use of mobile work phones in hospitals. The aim is to explore if and how nurses are able to enact care in patient interaction when a mobile work phone also enters the encounter.
PhD Thesis by Kristian S. Ross Kristensen: A Musical Wormhole
The Ph.D. research investigates the implications of implementing adaptive Vertically Dominated Music (VDM) in computer games. VDM is proposed as a term for music that is perceptually dominated by vertically oriented (simultaneously sounding) musical qualities like harmony, timbre and micro-texture, and encompasses musical styles such as sound-mass music, textural music and spectral music.