Nordic conference of May 2024 Copenhagen – SLIDES

Immerse yourself in the future at the Nordic Conference, where Humans and Digitalization intertwine for two dynamic days of exploration and insight!

Day One:
Humans and Digitalization Embark on a journey into the heart of digital competence with discussions on the impact of digitization on equality, work connections, and democracy. Explore the green change and its connection to our evolving digital skills. Uncover research findings on digitalization in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and engage in a thought-provoking dialogue on the limits of digitization. Join the conversation about the role of humans in a rapidly digitizing workplace. 

Day Two:
Digitalization and Humans Dive into the theme of “Dialogue and Artificial intelligence in Education.” Discover the integration of ChatGPT as a sparring partner in the classroom and analyze how AI can address existing educational challenges. Explore a pedagogical model for education that embraces diversity and wholeness. Join a panel discussion on the tradition of dialogue in Nordic education and the potential of integrating artificial intelligence. 

10:00 – 10:30 Speaker: Lars Olav Strekerud, Norwegian Teacher and Essential Skills Educator at Folkeuniversitetet (J) 

Digital burnout among teachers and participants, what experiences have we gained in the wake of the pandemic?” In 2020, we began to digitize teaching; now we have four years of experience, good and bad.
Interesting considerations will be presented around these. What the teachers want, what the participants and customers want, how the pedagogical challenges have been met, etc.”  

10:30 – 11:00 Presentation: Mie Buhl Professor at Aalborg University Copenhagen 

“Digitalization in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs): Research Project and Recommendations”  

Uncover the findings and recommendations from the NVL Digital – Working Life network’s research project focusing on digitalization in SMEs. Delve into the emergence of new digital competences in manufacturing industries, aiming to enhance Nordic companies’ participation in the digital transformation.

Slides from Mie Buhl:

The presentation was based on the NVL researchproject “Morgendagens arbejdsliv i den digitale omstilling”. The report can be read here:

You can download the whole report here:

11:00 – 11:45 Discussion: “On the Five Recommendations (Mie Buhl, Lars Olav Strekerud and Chair)” 

11:45 – 12:15 “Digitization – Is Sky the Limit?” Presenter: Hróbjartur Árnason (G)Assistant Professor, University of Iceland – School of Education  

Engage in a presentation and dialogue on the potential limits of digitization. How can we address didactic challenges in the context of digital transformation? 

13:15 – 14:30 Afternoon Breakout Room 1

Presentation of the research project: “Digital inclusion of hard-to-reach citizens” and project’s recommendations” 

Showcase of the Toolkit developed in the project and its practical applications. Mie Buhl.

Slides from workshop:

The toolkit was based on the report “5 sätt att digitaliseras” – link to the report is:

If you want to read the report, you can download it here:

13:15 – 14:30 Afternoon Breakout Room 2 

 “Digitization, a Hans Christian Andersen Fairytale for Humans: A Romantic Dialogue about the Truth” Presenters: Henrik Helms and Hróbjartur Árnason 

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14:45 – 15:15 “Finland’s implementation plan for a Digital Compass” Presenter Viktor Nyberg, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland 

Be inspired by a plan that will guide the development of digitalization”. Delve into the measures regarding for example digital skills and competences. The measures relate to the goals of increasing the populations basic digital skills and increasing the amount of ICT specialist, and more particularly increasing the share of women among ICT specialists. A more precise implementation plan, which outlines the measures taken and to be taken, will be presented in the presentation. 

15:15 – 16:00 “What is the Place of Humans in a Digital Workplace?”

Andreas Gravdahl. Department of Working Life and Skills, Direktoratet for høyere Utdanning og competence, Norge will present what our national working groups are working on this year. It concerns five different videocasts that deal with national topics on AI and working life in the Nordic countries, based on the report OECD Employment Outlook: Artificial Intelligence and the Labor Market. 

Daniella Tasic Hansen (Nordic Network for Digital Inclusion, and Knowledge Center for
Digital Trade) will present the framework, process, and the expectations for
the efforts: Rethinking teaching formats in labor market education 

To maintain an attractive range of adult and continuing education, there is a need to think about teaching formats in new ways. The session is based on the project “Green transformation of the entire company – through new teaching formats in AMU”, where new teaching formats are developed with the aim that the employees from different professional groups (administration, production, and management) can change practice in the workplace – together.  

This is done through a flexibly organized teaching course with a combination of onsite and online learning activities. Among other things, work is done with online micromodules, online sessions and practical tasks in the company.  

The presentation addresses the challenges and potentials of integrating digital formats in workplace learning.    

Closing Remarks and Summing Up 

Nordic Conference DAY TWO: Digitalization and Humans 

Conference Theme: Dialogue and Artificial Intelligence in Education 

09:00 – 09:30 “Using ChatGPT as a Sparring Partner in the Classroom” Presenter: Poornima Luthra (H), Associate Professor, CBS  

Explore the integration of ChatGPT as an interactive learning resource and its impact on education through a presentation and dialogue. 

09:30 – 10:15 “Teaching: How can AI solve existing problems and what new challenges arise?” Presenters: Jacob Rubæk Holm (H), Aalborg University Business School 

Analyze the potential contributions of AI in solving educational challenges and identify new issues arising from its introduction. 

10:15 – 10:30 Break 

10:30 – 11:15 ChatGPT: five key challenges . Presenter: Jens Christian Bjerring Aarhus University  

ChatGPT’s rapid integration into daily life has sparked wonder, joy, and concern, particularly regarding its use in decision-making. In this presetation, I will explore five critical challenges associated with the use of ChatGPT as a decision support tool. By examining these challenges, I hope to equip you with a clearer understanding of when and how to effectively leverage – and avoid – ChatGPT in your decision-making processes.  

11:15 – 12:00 “Dialogue and Artificial Intelligence in Learning” Moderator: Henrik Helms | Panelists: Poornima Luthra, Jacob Rubæk Holm og Jens Christian Bjerring.  

Discuss the tradition of dialogue in Nordic education and explore the integration of artificial intelligence into the learning environment. 

13:00 – 14:30 Workshop : Machine Learning and art – Andreas Refsgaard  

A hands-on workshop with Andreas Refsgaard, a renowned artist and creative coder from Copenhagen, specializing in the intersection of art and interaction design through coding and machine learning. This interactive session invites you to explore and create your own digital art installations, using innovative approaches to transform everyday actions into unique creative expressions. With Andreas’s guidance, participants will learn to experiment playfully with technology, fostering both creativity and critical reflection on its implications. Ideal for both beginners and experienced, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to engage with emerging digital technologies in a practical, imaginative setting. 

14:30 – 15:00 “Catch up: Thoughts on Today’s Discussions and Future Steps in Dialogue-based Learning and AI Integration in Scandinavian Education.”