Institutional overview: VIA


As Denmark’s largest university of applied sciences, VIA University College ( develops and offers a variety of accredited programmes within business and social studies programmes. With more than 18,000 students, we offer programmes within four professional fields, organized in four schools or faculties:

  • VIA, Education and Social Studies
  • VIA, Health
  • VIA, Business
  • VIA, Continuing Education

VIA develops educational programs in close cooperation with employers – companies, municipalities, regional, national and international institutions. Its strength is combining state-of-the-art research and learning environments with an understanding of practice-related challenges and opportunities. 20 research centers at VIA University College underpin the ambition to be a research based institution.

VIA holds an Erasmus Charter, and is currently participating in 10 EU-funded projects (Erasmus, Comenius, Leonardo, AAL and Interreg-KASK). VIA is the coordinator of four projects. The Research Centre for Culture and Pedagogy coordinates and promotes research on children, youth, education and learning. The centre holds expertise in children’s and youth’s own perspectives and engagement in their social worlds and in how these perspectives inform learning environments and can inform the design of education programmes and interventions. We are also committed to facilitating dialogue with practitioners and with educational programs.

The Research Centre for Learning and Digital Technologies has a strong tradition for engaging in projects with an interdisciplinary focus, and works across faculties, disciplines and institutions. The Centre for Learning and Digital Technologies is dedicated to the field of use of technology in teaching, learning, collaboration and communication, in educational as well as work and leisure related contexts. We hold expertise in user-centred design of ICT-based teaching and learning as well as design of materials for online and ICT-mediated teaching. In many projects, we work with a focus on both experimental and innovative approaches and with sustainable implementation.

Dr Lise Jonsson
Dr Lise Jonsson is an expert in educational and anthropological perspectives on children and youth. Recently she has carried out research exploring digital and visual methods as tools of communication and is currently editing a book on methods for researchers and for practitioners. In 2009 - 2011, she coordinated a large research project in the municipality of Aarhus, Denmark, focusing on the social norms approach and social capital providing children and youth with anti-bullying strategies and conflict management skills. She is an experienced researcher and leader of research and projects and will lead workstream 5 (Programme evaluation) and co-lead workstream 2 (co-produced needs analysis).
Dr Hedi Stensman Pugh
Heidi Stensman Pugh is Master of Arts in Scandinavian Language and Literature and Film and Media Studies and is an experienced lecturer in the Social Education programme.
Majken Svane Hansen
Majken Svane Hansen is Master in Media Science and has previously carried out various research in digital media, e.g. research of digital tools and its impact on children’s development, wellbeing and learning.
Dr Michal Pilgaard
Michal is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education and Social Studies, VIA University College. He has a wide experience in the areas of design processes, media pedagogy and everyday lives of children and their use of digital medias. Michal is also involved in development of learning designs and IT-based teaching in higher education. Michal has several years of experience in qualitative methodology and analysis in research and development. Methodically he is oriented towards users and participant-based approaches. He is engaged in co-creating research and development with children.
Dr Marianne Georgsen
Dr Marianne Georgsen is head of the research centre on Learning and Digital Technologies, as well as an e-learning specialist in the School of Continuing Education in VIA. She has worked in the field of ICT and learning since 1990, where her particular interests relate to methods for learning design, and particularly for user engagement and participatory design. She has recently been involved in both internal strategic projects and externally funded projects on professional development related to use of ICT in teaching, learning and collaboration. Currently, she is the coordinator of the Erasmus+ project AR-sci, and in 2014-2016 she was head of a national project on ICT-integrated curriculum and teachers’ professional development. Results from this project will be published in an edited volume later this year. She will lead workstream 3 (Programme design) and will co-lead 1/ (Project management) and workstream 4 (Programme delivery).
Jette Aabo Frydendahl
Jette Aabo Frydendahl works within the Centre for Learning and Digital Technologies. She brings extensive expertise in relation to teacher training, professional development for teachers, youth and digital media, and user-centred design.