Collective Intelligence – When Learning becomes Collective 3. juni 2021 12:30-16:00

Collective Intelligence is a way of addressing learning and collaboration that has begun making its entrance into the world of education. Learning is an individual matter as well as something that happens in conjunction with other people and technologies. Participation in and building networks is constitutive of learning, and what we learn in one or another educational setting only makes sense when it is unfolded as competence in interaction with others.

Collective Intelligence can be defined in different ways, and the concept itself expresses an understanding that defines intelligence in when action and comprehension arise and qualify in networks and interactions between people and technologies. Digital media transform our possibilities and understandings, but we are only on our way in being able to think about learning and didactics in the new realities.

At all times intelligence is more than what is linked to the individual human being. Collective Intelligence states that knowledge, learning, and intelligence are actions and understandings that we create in interaction. An interaction where we also address the technologies not just as passive mediators, but as actors involved in creating networks – networks that will be the framework for the interplay between understanding and action.

The programme has been developed in cooperation between IDA Education and FLUID.


12.30 (CET Summertime)

Welcome and presentation of theme and programme.

12.45- Keynote:  Hróbjartur Árnason, University of Iceland: Learning, Creativity and Collective Intelligence. The concept “Collective Intelligence” sheds a sharp light on how learning and creativity are related. Hróbjartur Árnason, who has through his research into learning, computer assisted adult education and creativity, learned that adult learning is often closer to creativity than reception, and more often social than individual. He finds that the new field of collective intelligence can give new insights into learning and the practice of adult education anchoring them in collective human interactions, society and culture.

Hróbjartur Árnason has been active in the field of adult education i since 1995 and at the University of Iceland since 2003, where he leads a masters programme on adult education. In his reasearch and teaching practice, collaborative learning, both online and face to face, have been a central theme. 

13.30: Two tracks – one in Nordic languages and one in English: 

13.30 Rolf K. Baltzersen: Collective intelligence: New trends in collective problem-solving – Implications for the design of online education (in Norwegian). Rolf K. Baltzersen, Østfold University College

14.00 Thomas Kjærgaard: Are dialogue and reflection so important? UCN. (se uddybende tekst nedenfor)

13.30 Hróbjartur Árnason, University of Iceland:  Collective Intelligence and Creativity – Practical Implications (in English).

14.00 Christian Dalsgaard: Virtual learning Space and representations of individuals and groups. Didactic reflections. University of Aarhus. (in English).

15.00 – Thematic Workshops (facilitated discussions)

Potentials and challenges in higher order learning online (in English)

Big Data, intelligence and teaching (in Nordic languages)

Collaborative Virtual Creativity – an option (in English)

Authenticity and participation – (In Nordic languages)

16.00 – Perspectives, summing up.

Thomas Kjærgaard: Are dialogue and reflection so important?

Research in AI and education indicate that the future belongs to the teacher who can collaborate with AI. If this is true, then the human competencies that are difficult to ‘algorithmize’ become crucial. – And dialogue, reflection, and the ability to create (entelechy) seems to move into the center of our activities.

The the presentation looks at how the human competencies ‘dialogue’, ‘reflection’, and ‘entelechy’ in interaction with technologies can exemplify distributed cognition in educations that bring the human being to the center and thus also the learner in education.

Finally, the presentation discusses synergies between technologies and humans that challenges the rules we have known for society and education – the question of the technological singularity


The Webinar will take place 3rd of June 202112:30-16:00

Webinaret is free for members FLUID members and other Flexible Education National organisations in Nordic Countries – please inquire head of secretariat Poul Tang at if in doubt.

Price for non-members is 500 DKK – excl. VAT.

Kontakt Poul Tang for yderligere information.