HiOA - UNEVOC Centre in Norway

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), Department of Vocational Teacher Education, is, so far, the single UNEVOC centre in Norway.

UNESCO-UNEVOC is UNESCO's specialized Centre for technical and vocational education and training (TVET). It assists UNESCO's 195 member states to strengthen and upgrade their TVET systems. HiOA's Department of Vocational Teacher Education (YLU) is Norway’s main provider of pedagogical disciplines in Technical and Vocational Teacher Education. The department is engaged in research and developmental activities within its subject areas and participates in both national and international research programs.

TVET projects and activities at HiOA:

Masters degree in vocational pedagogy, Uganda

The NORHED master programme at KyU
Project period: 2014-2018
The NORHED-funded master programme in vocational pedagogy (the previously NOMA-project) is about to be implemented at Kyambogo University (KyU). New to this programme is action oriented approach and stronger connection to upper secondary schools and the world of work/companies.
Contact persons: Professor Ronny Sannerud, HiOA and lecturer Chris Serwaniko, KyU.

Attendance by HiOA and KyU at the IVETA conference in Kampala, Uganda: with following papers:

  • The potential of Action Research in Vocational Education and Training. Reflecting on the Norwegian experience on Oil and Gas Industry and possibilities in Uganda. by Master of Vocational Pedagogy Chris Serwaniko, Kyambogo University, Professor dr. Arne Ronny Sannerud, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences and Kyambogo University.
  • Work-Releated Learning as a Pathway for Balancing Academic Grades with Labor Market Competencies. By Master of Vocational Pedagogy James C. Okware and Master of Vocational Pedagogy Eric D. Kalanda both KyU.
  • The Potential of Vocational Pedagogy in Vocational Education and Training in Uganda. By Professor Kato Habib and PhD Constance A. N. Nsibambi both KyU

October 2014: Participation by professor Ronny Sannerud in the radio programme "EKKO" aired on NRK (The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) about the future needs of competence and vocational competence. 

A new course under planning at HiOA: "Common Nordic Challenges in Vocational Education and Training"
This 10 ECTS course (on masterlevel) is a new development supported by Nordplus funding, the initiative stems from a NORDYRK network. "Common Nordic Challenges in Vocational Education and Training" is designed as an express course, and takes place from 20-24 April 2015. The purpose of this course is to develop knowledge of current challenges concerning the theory and practice dimension of vocational education in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway through comparisons, also outside of the Nordic countries. The course will discuss questions concerning how to develop vocational competence. What can be learnt in schools and what can be learnt in companies? What are the risks and benefits? How to improve cooperation between schools and working life? The course aims at discussing all these questions in a comparative view. Contact person: Rønnaug Lyckander.

Master qualifications - What competencies are relevant for a master of craft in Norway?

Mesterbrev, expert workshop

Oslo and Akershus University College ran the project on behalf of the social partners. The competencies were described in a number of expert workshops and in dialogue with the clients (the social partners). Report was available in April 2014. Contact person: Professor Ronny Sannerud.

The Unesco Commission in Norway
Professor Ronny Sannerud is member of an expert group for Education under The Unesco Commission in Norway.

The Low-energy Programme in the construction industry in Norway  
Focus on training programmes/training aids for vocational education (TVET) basic courses (1.year), with following learning outcomes:

  • Recognize what is passive house
  • Recognize the most important initiatives for energy 
  • Recognize the energy labeling
  • Know about the importance of collaboration between disciplines in order to get an energy efficient building
  • Recognize the moisture-proof construction process 
  • Recognize various renewable heat sources

HiOA's contribution into the programme: Development of the didactical frame work and development of training aids (ICT-based as well). Contact person: assistant professor John David Holt.

Female future
Project period: 19.09.2013-01.01.2015
Female Future is a project providing a course in Board Competence giving study point credits (ECTS) to participating students in Uganda and Kenya. Female Future is a cooperation between the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) and local employer organizations. The principal aims of the project is democratization and development through contributions towards knowledge, skills and self-reflection for the participating women to become board members and take on important leadership functions in enterprises. The contribution of HiOA focus particularly on Teaching of Trainers (ToTs) at the course in Board Competence, aiming for the course to become locally sustainable over time. Contact person: Nina Amble

Breakfast seminar at HiOA: "Coaching as approach to work-based learning"
This seminar in May 2014 was the first of several activities planned for the strategic and cross-faculty "Programme for Lifelong Learning" at HiOA. The programme has it's pilot phase at Faculty of Education and International Studies. Both external partners, potential employers and HiOA staff attended this dialogue meeting. Read more (url, text in Norwegian)

Technical and Vocational Teacher Education at ATEE
In 2013 The Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE) established a new Research and Development Community (RDC) for research on Technical and Vocational Teacher Education (TVTE) in Europe, with associate professor Birger Brevik as chair and professor Ronny Sannerud as co-chair. The aim of the RDC is to provide a platform for discussion amongst teacher educators, teachers and researchers interested in TVTE. Read more (pdf). 

HiOA paper presentations at ATEE annual conference in Braga, Portugal 25-27 August 2014:

  • What do the teacher training students see when they look and what do they say they see when they are out on the observation in school for the first time.  Steinar Karstensen
  • Teachers’ identities in transition through violations by students. Børge Skåland
  • Transition in vocational teacher education.  Sigrun Saur Stiklestad & Jorunn Store Johansen.
  • Teaching literacy, numeracy and ICT to adults: the Basic Skills Programme (BKA programme) for workers in building construction (bricklayers, carpenters and foundation workers).  Kurt Einar Stokke & John David Holt.
  • Developing learning tasks in a technological learning workshop with LEGO mindstorms and additive manufacturing as main pedagogical tools.
    Birger Brevik & Jon Ingar Holtet.  
  • Transferring experiences from work life to Technical and Vocational Teacher Education (TVTE).  Birger Brevik, Arne Roar Lier & Jan Wabø.
  • Technical and vocational teachers teaching school based learning in the interface between school and workplace.  Hedvig Skonhoft Johannesen

LEGO as an educational tool
Recently, associate professor Birger Breivik at the Department of Vocational Teacher Education, presented his thesis on how LEGO is used in teaching activities in vocational training in upper secondary schools in Norway. As industrial technology is becoming increasingly complex, teachers face a challenge in transferring complexity to the classroom. LEGO Mindstorms, or similar toys, makes it possible to simulate technological solutions in the classroom in a cost-effective way.

National development of Vocational Teacher Education
Project period: 01.01.2013-31.12.2014
A project group consisting of representatives from HiOA’s Department of Vocational Teacher Education and NTNU (Programme for teacher Education) has been appointed by The Ministry of Education and Research to analyze the possibilities for developing a 3-year Bachelor Programme in Vocational Teacher Education in more regions in Norway. One of the project goals is to educate more students with a certificate from the BA in Vocational Teacher Education. Another essential goal is developing the existing one-year programme in practical pedagogical education for teachers in vocational education and the academic staff’s knowledge and research in this profession. Based on mapping of competence, both in local/regional working life and in universities or higher educational institutions which may be potential providers of the study program and on the demand for technical vocational teachers in the regions, the project group will suggest structural changes. Read more (article in Norwegian only).
Contact person: Head of studies  Rønnaug H. Lyckander.

The Skillsbank project
Project period: 2011-2013
Skillsbank is a web based toolkit targeting career guidance, recognition of prior learning and individual training support. It uses principles based on ECVET, the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training. Read more (url)

NOMA Master in Vocational Pedagogy
Project period: 2009-2013.
This master study is beeing offered to vocational teachers in Uganda and South Sudan. Partners in the project are Kyambogo University, Kampala and the world of work in Uganda. A continuation of this project has been applied for in cooperation with Kyambogo University and University of the Western Cape, South Africa. The new program will, if granted, be more action oriented and stronger related to the world of work.
Contact person: Professor Ronny Sannerud.

Application of new technologies in TVET - from working task to learning task
The study explores how new and changing tasks and methods in occupations can be converted into relevant learning tasks for students.
Read more (pdf).
Contact person: Assistant professor Steinar Karstensen.

Ph.d. project: Comprehensive evaluation for learning of profession seen in a vocational didactic perspective (HELVYRD)
This project focuses on how vocational teachers use feedback from pupils and apprentices’ learning outcomes to change and develop their practice of teaching. The study sorts under a research project called "Measuring competence in vocational education" (MECVET) funded by The Norwegian Research Council. Read more about HELVYRD (pdf). 
Contact person: Ph.d. student Roger Bakken

Technological Learning Workshop
A technological learning workshop (TLK) is under planning at campus Kjeller, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA). Here students within technical subjects can try out new teaching strategies in simulating automated processes from working life.
Read more (link to Cristin)
Contact person: Assistant professor Birger Brevik

Vocational Teacher Education in Kosovo
Project period: 2009-2012. The aim of this project was development of vocational education in Kosovo. The project had a strong focus on requirements of working life, future production and on value creation. Read more (pdf).
Contact person: Professor Ronny Sannerud.

NECA-ITF Technical Skills Development Project
This project is a joint initiative designed to promote the availability of middle-level manpower with the appropriate Technical an Vocational Skills to meet the identified needs of the Nigerian economy. Partners: NHO (The confederation of Norwegian Enterprise) and NECA (Nigeria Employers' Consulative Association).  Read more (pdf).
Contact person: Professor Ronny Sannerud.  

Economic benefits of training simulators
A survey in the Norwegian oil and gas industry revealed that use of advanced simulators improves operator effectiveness.
Read the article in
Contact person: Associated professor Tiina M. Komulainen, professor Ronny Sannerud


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