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Two Postdocs in Computational Empowerment for Emerging Technologies in Education

University of Aarhus - Department of Digital Design and Information Studies

Location: Aarhus - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th February 2020
Closes: 2nd March 2020
Job Ref: 2825

In collaboration with the Center for Computational Thinking and Design, the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies, Aarhus University, invites applications for two fully funded two-year postdoc positions in computational empowerment for emerging technologies in education, funded by VILLUM FONDEN and It-vest.

The postdoc positions are full-time and begin on 1 May 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: Department of Digital Design and Information Studies, Helsingforsgade 14, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

The School of Communication and Culture is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.

The Project

Computational Empowerment is an emerging field of research that focuses on how, with a deeper understanding of technology and computation, citizens – especially children and adolescents – can engage actively in the design and use of digital technology to support their personal agency in a digitalised society. We are interested in learning activities that take into consideration design, computational thinking, digital making and critical reflection and that understand how diverse users and user contexts as well as the societal impact of emerging digital technology can contribute to computational empowerment. The successful applicants will build on participatory design research, social and qualitative research, and child-computer interaction and conduct experimental design research in Danish secondary schools to develop a human-centred framework for computational empowerment for emerging technologies in education.

Research

The postdocs will work on the research project Computational Empowerment for Emerging Technologies (CEED). CEED is a four-year research project exploring and building new practices of computational empowerment for emerging technologies in Danish secondary education. CEED addresses the core question: How do we empower coming generations to understand the complexity and impact of digital technology and become co-creators of our digitalised society of the future? (See description here: https://cctd.au.dk/projects/ceed-project/.)

Postdoc 1

The first postdoc should build on current social and design research and conduct ethnographic and experimental design research in Danish primary and secondary schools to develop a framework for computational empowerment. Within the CEED framework, the postdoc will work with specific focus on Project 1: Principles for Designing and Learning with Emerging Technologies (see: https://cctd.au.dk/projects/ceed-project/ for description) and include a special focus on human-centred themes of diversity, responsibility and sustainability. In addition, the postdoc will be involved in the daily management and planning of the CEED project at Arts.

Postdoc 2

The second postdoc should build on current social and design research and conduct ethnographic and experimental design research in Danish primary and secondary schools to develop a framework for computational empowerment. Within the CEED framework, the postdoc will work with a specific focus on Project 4: Qualities and Criteria for Evaluating Digital Design Literacy in Education (see: https://cctd.au.dk/projects/ceed-project/ for description) and include a special focus on human-centred themes of diversity, responsibility and sustainability. In addition, the postdoc will be involved in the daily management and planning of the CEED project at Arts.

Deadline

2 March 2020 

Read the full job description and apply at the university homepage

   
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