Cooperative Freedom and
Transparency in Online Education
Professor of Online Education at the
Norwegian School of Information Technology, Norway.
The presentation focuses on the
opportunities to provide online education that combines
individual freedom with meaningful cooperation. Online students
often seek individual flexibility and freedom. At the same time,
many need or prefer cooperation and social unity . These aims
are difficult to combine, so the presentation discusses online
education tools and services that support both individual
freedom and cooperation. The presentation also elucidates the
opportunities and challenges with transparency in online
learning environments and provides examples and experiences from
Universidade Aberta in Portugal and NKI Nettstudier in Norway.
Morten Flate Paulsen is the Director
of Innovation and Development at NKI Nettstudier and Professor
of Online Education at the Norwegian School of Information
Technology (NITH) in Norway.
He is President of the
European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN)
and was on the European Association for Distance Learning (EADL)
R&D committee until November 2010.
In the school
year 2009-2010, he worked part time for Universidade Aberta in
Portugal. From 1999 to 2005, Professor Paulsen was appointed as
Adjunct Professor, at the Athabasca University, Centre for
Distance Education in Canada. He has a Doctorate of Education
from the Pennsylvania State University, Department of Adult
Education and Instructional Systems.
Paulsen is the regional editor for
(The International Review of Research in Open and Distance
(The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning) and the
Asian Journal of
He is also on the Editorial Board of seminar.net.
He has worked with online
education since he designed NKI's first Learning Management
System in 1986 and published many books, reports and articles
about the topic. Many of his publications and presentations are
available at his personal homepage at
His book Online Education and Learning Management Systems is
You may also find
more information about Professor Paulsens work at:
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