Research Begins and Ends With Practice

Research at University College Absalon addresses the challenges and opportunities that are shaping the future of our professions and their professional work. We work with applied science enabling strong connections between research, development and innovation. Our research is carried out in co-production with the public and private sectors at a regional, national and international level. We apply a wide range of research methods covering both qualitative and quantitative approaches, with a strong emphasis on user involvement and continuing development towards both the professional and the educational practice. Thus, we are able to present a strong track record of projects with a multidisciplinary user-driven approach that benefit educational and regional development.

Recent Major Research and Development Projects

Crossborder teaching in Nordic classrooms

The project GNU (Nordic acronym for crossborder teaching in Nordic classrooms) examined how digital technology supports the development of crossborder teaching in four subject areas in Nordic schools. 1000 Nordic pupils, together with their teachers and researchers developed curriculum, teaching and tested courses focusing on Nordic subject matter. Establishing a model, which strengthened new knowledge of Nordic matters, organised and developed a crossborder school structure, including pupils with special needs and the use of digital technology when relevant.

2011-2014, the project was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the EU-program for Interreg IVA Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerak.


Cross-professional work and boundary crossing between different sectors in the society are key components in modern professional life. The LUG-project (an acronym for learning across boundaries) has opened up new ways of establishing networks and knotworks between different institutions thereby enabling co-design of novel solutions and approaches within the professional fields of health, education, and social work involving citizens and institutions, and
with students and professionals as guides, enablers, and helpers.

Sept. 1, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2014, the project was supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Technology in the Professional Work and Education

Welfare technology (a Scandinavian term covering a wide range of user-oriented technologies) is often highlighted as the answer to major challenges within the welfare state. The VIOL-project (an acronym for welfare technology, innovation, care, and learning) addressed the potential synergy between technology, innovation, and educational development. The core focus of the project has been to identify competences needed by professionals involved in the acquisition, evaluation, implementation, and everyday use of welfare technology, and further to develop new learning designs which scaffold the development of these competences.

Jan 1. 2013 - Feb. 28, 2015, the project is supported by the European Social Fund.

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