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A passionate communicator with strengths in developing and leading successful collaborations; over 15 years of experience in the application of mobile digital technology, open development practices and interactive pedagogy to improve educational outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK — across primary, secondary and higher education — with a particular focus on teacher education and inclusive, quality Education for All.

Key experience:

  • Education programme development
  • Organisational strategy
  • Teacher professional development
  • Mobile technologies
  • Technology and sustainability
  • Cooperation facilitation

1 Summary

Björn's interests include the connections between teacher learning and student learning. For instance, the exploration of the connections between teachers learning (with technology, in enquiry-based settings) and students learning about mathematics and science (with or without technology, also in enquiry-based settings). The three concepts of interactive pedagogy, OER and digital technology also relate to Open education, Open development, participation and participative education. His motivation for exploring these ideas is to address a key question in international education: How can low-resourced education systems offer an unprecedented quantity of education, at radically low cost, without uncompromising quality, access or inclusion? In this, the appropriate application of technology in international development settings, and the so-called digital divide, is of particular importance.

Björn led and co-led a number of projects and work strands in this space. For example, the JISC-funded ORBIT project produced an Open Resource Bank on Interactive Teaching for teacher education, focussing on innovative digital technology use in mathematics and science education. The OER4Schools project focussed on introducing interactive teaching and digital technologies in Zambian primary schools. In T-TEL, he focussed developing an open tuor professional development programme in Ghana. Other projects have included moderating the Access to Open Educational Resources discussion on the UNESCO OER Community mailing list and multiple digital technology and development projects in Zambia and elsewhere, including projects on rural women's education. Björn has produced a number of short films, and provided consultancy for businesses, professional societies and non-governmental organisations. He regularly contributes to Wikipedia and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team.

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