Chalmers University launches ComputingEd-ish Program

August 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

I visited Chalmers University in Goteburg, Sweden several years ago.  I learned that Chalmers is sort of the MIT and CalTech combined of Sweden — Sweden has a strong engineering tradition, and Chalmers trains 40% of all of Sweden’s engineers.  It’s an important and well-respected engineering school.

So it’s pretty exciting when Chalmers launches a new graduate program in engineering education research, and the position described below as part of this new program sits in the “Department of Applied Information Technology.”  This suggests that their new program has a strong Computing Education component.  Cool!  This announcement, plus the research center for CS Ed at Durham that I mentioned last week, has me wondering — why are the Europeans investing so much more in computing education research than the Americans?

Research into learning and communication is one specific strand of research at the department and the main areas of investigation are: Learning with IT, language and communication for academic and professional purposes, public learning and understanding of science, learning and sustainability, and higher education. This variation in research areas related to learning and communication is one of the department’s main strengths. The department also offers training in these areas to students and teachers at both Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg.

via Chalmers: Applied Information Technology: Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Engineering Education Research.

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