Transformation of Academic Work



Description and aim:

The aim is to understand 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, such as diversification of tasks and implementation of new forms of control. Academics are under pressure to combine multiple roles and tasks: teaching, research, and science communication and societal impact. The reasons behind the transformations are among others transfer of practices and tools from non-academic fields and overall diminishing of differences between academic and non-academic work.  One of the fast-changing areas is increased digitalization. The general research question of the whole project is how digitalization is transforming academic work and ways of collaboration between different actors?

Research site:

The research site is the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki. We are looking at the digitalized activities on various levels of the whole faculty: administration, teachers, researchers, students, external stakeholders.

The project focuses on two cases:

  1. Process of the preparation of the Digital Vision of the Faculty. The project analyses  the background interview  data, focused on the mapping of various digital tools in research, teaching, science communication and administrative tasks.
  2. Organization and implementation of a novel mass course for master students. The course is organized and implemented by multiple professors, lecturers, and researchers, the teaching and organization was supported by the use of various digital instruments.

Responsible researcher and contact person:

Liubov Vetoshkina,