Seminar: Digitalization and practices of inclusion

Digitalization is often understood as the solution to several problems, but how does this play out in the practical technology use?

This interdisciplinary seminar is organized by Norway Inland University of Applied Sciences (INN) and Østfold University College (HIOF) in collaboration.

RegistrationDigitalization and practices of inclusion (19 October 2022) - Nettskjema

Deadline 12. oktober 2022

Meeting rom: Møterom 2M227, Midtbyen or zoom. The seminar will be hold in English. The registration is free of charge.

New technologies are developed and implemented to solve a range of tasks in society, and digitalization processes exist in various contexts and forms. Technology is used to facilitate participation in different arenas, from mHealth and mobile banking services to improve living conditions to robot pets to improve elderly care and dementia patients’ care. Digitalization is often understood as the solution to several problems, but how does this play out in the practical technology use? Is the focus on hardware and software or on the human and social systems?

In this cross-disciplinary seminar, which is also part of a PhD course, we focus theoretically and empirically on digitalization and inclusion. The concept of inclusion encompasses policies or ideologies “used by governments and other policymakers to change or improve schools, workplaces, housing, or other community institutions so as to adjust them to meet human diversity, and in particular, to embrace people who experience exclusion” (Haualand 2017, p. 317). The concept in itself is not unproblematic; who should “be included” and who is responsible for this inclusion, into what? In the seminar, we investigate practices of inclusion critically, examine and discuss empirical work and theoretical approaches in studies of technology’s role in practices of inclusion. Inclusion is thus considered as social practice, related to digitalization processes, and it is viewed from different theoretical perspectives, with a focus on educational contexts and linguistic aspects of inclusion (Krüger et al. 2021, etc.). What expectations do we have to technology and how do these affect our practices? How are digital tools used for practices of inclusion and do they lead to experiences of inclusion? Does the supposition that “everyone” has access to technology and digital literacy prevent participation and lead to exclusionary practices, accompanying digital exclusion (Helsper and Reisdorf 2017)? How do persistent inequalities and global dynamics shape practices (Deumert 2014)? What experiences can we draw from digital practices during the Covid-19 lockdowns (Bucholz et al. 2020)?

Responsible for the arrangement: 

Kristin Vold Lexander,

Espen Stranger-Johannessen 

Jessica B. P. Hansen

Tentative programme

10.00 Coffee

10.30 Welcome

11.00-12.45: Digitalization in and of education

Christina Olin-Scheller (Universitetet i Karlstad/INN): Literature teaching via social media: The quality of dissemination and use of digital lesson planning at lower secondary school  

Florence Namasinga Selnes (OsloMet): Digitalization as a driver of inclusion in education: Experiences from a journalism training institution in Uganda during the COVID-19

Stine Brynildsen og Sonja Nygaard-Joki (HIOF): Adult learners’ experiences of using translanguage-enabling technology in second language acquisition

Lunch break

14.00-15.00: Media use by children and youth

Egle Celiešienė (Lithuanian College of Democracy) and Ebba Ossiannilsson (Swedish Association, for Open, Flexible and Distance Education): Digital Inclusion for All (DI4all) 

Hilde Thyness (INN): Mediagrams for enhanced inclusion?

Coffee break

15.30-17.00: Multilingual perspectives

Jessica B. P. Hansen (HIOF): Video-mediated interpreting – a matter of efficient service provision or poor service quality?  

Espen Stranger-Johannessen (INN): Multilingual digital stories as inclusion in practice

Kristin Vold Lexander (INN): Practices of inclusion in digital interaction at the multilingual workplace



Norway Inland University of Applied Sciences og Østfold University College
Publisert 5. sep. 2022 13:14 - Sist endret 7. sep. 2022 13:51