Research

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The DigIT research group aims at understanding changes of work and learning by drawing on different practice-based methodologies with specific focus on activity theory and pragmatism. We are interested in approaches where different kinds of tools and artefacts support human activities. Qualitative methods are stressed in relation to practice-based methodologies.  In our previous projects we have worked as researchers in the field of building information modelling (BIM).

The BIM research group has made research on uses of Building information modelling (BIM) at different phases of the construction projects and the lifecycle of the buildings. The research group has participated on several research projects on BIM during the years 2011-2016 funded by TEKES (currently Business Finland), Academy of Finland and Finnish Work Environment Fund.

BIM is composed of three-dimensional models of a building in which quantitative and qualitative data can be attached to the parts of the model. This combination allows not only advanced forms of visualization but also simulation and modelling of the behaviour of the building, for example, its energy consumption or lighting as well as the operative management of building projects.

More information on the previous research group and projects on BIM.

In this project we aim at understanding the practicalities behind digitalization in the field of higher education from the perspective of work research. Academic work as an illustration of knowledge work is undergoing major changes. Academics are under pressure to combine multiple roles and tasks: teaching, research, and science communication and societal impact. What is the role of digitalization in these processes, if there is any? We want to look at how these changes are actually happening in practice, in real work of academic workers, teachers and researchers. Our aim is to look at digitalized activities on various levels of a whole faculty: administration, teachers, researchers, students, external stakeholders. Our specific focus is on teaching, organizing, preparation, and implementation of university courses.

Contact person: Liubov Vetoshkina, liubov.vetoshkina@helsinki.fi