Tor Arne Wølner


Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science
Department of Educational Science
Campus Vestfold (D2-6)
Tor Arne Wølner is professor of ICT in learning and pedagogy at the university college Souteast Norway. The last years he has worked a lot with dialogue pedagogy and interactive whiteboards, and has been project manager in the projects Nordic SMART Board project and EU Interreg, project GNU (Transboundary Nordic Teaching). In addition, it may be noted that he has released a number of books and articles about learning leadership through dialogue based teaching with interactive whiteboards, assessment and Lesson Study as a method of action learning and research.



Projects and expert committees

Project leader of the research network OsloFjordAlliansen (OFA) and schools from municipalities Drammen, Fredrikstad and Sande i Vestfold, in EU-interregprosjektet GNU (Cross border Nordic teaching) From 1st August 2011 to 2014 in collaboration with University College Sjælland (lead partner) and Högskolan Väst in Sweden,


as well as three schools in Roskilde and three schools in the Gothenburg region. Project leader (Norway): University College of Vestfold (EEA): Project leader for Sweden and Denmark was University College Sjælland (EU).

Project leader of the research network OsloFjordAlliansen (OFA) and National Center for ICT in education in Project Nordic Smart Board Project, 2010 – 2011. Concluded with report and conference in Roskilde, October 2011. Collaboration with University College Sjælland (lead-partner) and Høgskolan Väst in Sweden, and schools in Roskilde, Uddevalla and Drammen. The Norwegian Project owner was the University College of Vestfold.

Pedagogical coordinator for the development of teaching tools for language minority children and adults without literacy and written language. This collaboration included Fagbokforlaget, Activium A/S and Elisabeth Thormodsrud (teacher), Lier municipality. The project was supported financially by VOX. The book God sagt bildebok for PenPal with reading and recording points was published in August 2012. In addition, a subject/method book, Arbeide med Språkopplæring (Working with Language Training) was also published for use of PenPal in teaching.

Project leader – Pilot Project OFA project focusing on teaching and using SmartBoard via the Internet in autumn 2010 and spring 2011. Pilot for teaching over the Internet using "common" Smart Board within the alliance. The project was completed and the report written and sent to OFA c/o Kristin Barstad.

Working group OFA. Position concerned with assessment and testing of communication and education via the Internet within OFA. Started in 2010 and concluded in December 2011 with a proposed strategic plan for digital communications, and continuation of the work from 2012 - 2013. Ref: Project Michael Moulton Umb/Kristin Barstad - Hive.

Resource group e-Campus Buskerud and Vestfold at HBV 2013 – 2015. Participated in an interdisciplinary group for e-Campus HBV for distance learning through synchronous online tuition. Implemented the initiative to adopt new audio equipment for dialogue pedagogy and use of interactive whiteboard over the Internet.

Project leader for a three-year government-backed project, "Nordic classroom" - 1996 -1999.

Other relevant professional experience:

Committee work for promotion applications to senior academic positions and position as Associate Professor/Amanuensis in Pedagogy at Buskerud University College (2011). The expert committee was appointed by Buskerud University College.

Committee work for assessing applications for academic positions at Volda University College.

Assessment of applicants for St. Nr 13/2013 - Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor in digital literacy in learning, Volda University College.


Relevant work experience

2016 – Professor – ICT in Education and Pedagogy, University College of Southeast Norway.

2014 – 2016 Professor – ICT in Education and Pedagogy, Buskerud and Vestfold University College 2007 – 2014.

Associate Professor – ICT in Education and Pedagogy, Vestfold University College.

2002 – 2006 Assistant Professor – ICT in Education and Pedagogy, Vestfold

University College.

2000 – 2002 Higher Executive Officer - ICT in education - Bærum Municipality.

1996 – 1999 Higher Executive Officer - ICT in education Holmestrand Municipality.

1991 –1996 Ministry of Education and Research: Course planner, program development and translation of programs.

1991 – 1993 Part-time teacher and student adviser, 50% academic position - ICT and education, Vestfold University College.

1995 – 1996 National Resource Centre for EDU. Design and program development (contract position).

Relevant education:

1998 – 2001 Master in Educational Science and ICT (Hovedfag i Pedagogisk informasjonsvitenskap).

1996 – 1997 Intermediate level subject in Educational Science and ICT (Pedagogisk informasjonsvitenskap) Stord/Haugesund University College.

1987 – 1989 One-year foundation level subject - ICT 1 and ICT 2 for teachers.

1979 – 1980 Secondary education teacher (Bachelor’s degree).

1976 – 1979 Diploma of Education. Teacher’s College (General teacher education).



Selected Publications

Wølner, T. A. (2015) Lesson Study som strategi for teamutvikling og læringsledelse [Eng: Lesson Study as a strategy for team development and learning management]. In Bjørnsrud. H. School-based skills development. Organisational Learning for a culture of sharing [Skolebasert kompetanseutvikling. Organisasjonslæring for delingskultur]. Oslo: Gyldendal

Wølner, T.A. & Gjertsen, S. (2015). Interactive whiteboard - changed teaching practices. Dialogue Pedagogy for VGS and lower secondary [Interaktive tavler - endret undervisningspraksis. Dialogpedagogikk for VGS og ungdomstrinn]. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget.

Wølner, T.A. (2014a). Interactive whiteboards in pre-school [Interaktive tavler i barnehagen]. Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk.

Wølner, T.A. (2014b). Dialogue in an interactive classroom [Dialog i et interaktivt klasserom]. In Høihilder, E.K & Lingås, L. G. Pedagogy 8 - 13th grades. Professional education of teachers [Pedagogikk 8. – 13. trinn. Profesjonsutdanning av lærere]. Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk.

Wølner, T.A. (2013a). Interactive whiteboards in school [Interaktive tavler i skolen]. Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk.

Wølner, T.A. (2013b). Criterion-referenced assessment [Kriteriebasert vurdering]. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.

Wølner T.A. (2013c). Working with Language training. [Arbeide med Språkopplæring]. Asker: Activium AS.

Pareto, L., Lindhardt, B., Vejbaek, L., Wølner, T. A. & Gynther, K.: "A Model for Instructional Design in Virtual Nordic Classrooms" pp. 222-233 in The Inaugural European Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2013: The Impact of Innovation: Technology and You (The International Academic Forum, 2013).

Wølner T.A. & Thormodsrud, E. (2012). Utformet lyddesign og tilrettelegging for PenPal. I Godt Sagt bildebok for Pen Pal (Hanssen, E.): Fagbokforlaget.

Høiland, T. Winje, G. & Wølner, T. A. (2012) Digital competence - ICT 1st-4th Year. [Digital kompetanse – IKT på 1.-4. årstrinn.] Oslo: Cappelen Damm.

Wølner, T.A. (2011) Digitale medier som arena for vurdering. pp. 81-87. I (Høihilder, E.K. ed.): Elevvurdering. Metodebok for lærere i grunnskolen. Oslo: Pedlex Norsk Skoleinformasjon.

Egeberg, G. & Wølner, T. A. (2011) Final report "Bored or Board?". – a Nordic collaborative project on interactive whiteboard. Nasjonalt senter for IKT i utdanningen og Høgskolen i Vestfold. (accessed: 12.04.2016). Egeberg, G, Hatlevik, O. E. Wølner, T.A, Dalaaker, D. & Pettersen, G.O. (2011) "Bored or Board?" – a Nordic collaborative project on interactive whiteboards. Digital kompetanse – Nordic journal of digital literacy 2011 ;Volum 6.(1-2) pp. 102-112.


Utklev, A-E & Wølner, T.A. (2011). Logg og blogg. Pp. 80 – 87. In (Høihilder, E.K. & Olsen, K-R.(ed.). Pedagogisk veiledning. Metoder og tilnærminger Oslo: Pedlex Norsk Skoleinformasjon.

Egeberg, G. & Wølner, T. A. (2011) Bored or Board? Nordic project on interactive whiteboards – Halfway Report -From a Nordic project on interactive whiteboards (P1.2).

Egeberg, G. & Wølner, T. A. (2010). Bored or board? Nordic SMART Norway – Project design Is there a SMART way to facilitate interactivity, dialog and assessment for both teachers and learners?

Karlsen, A. & Wølner, T.A. (2010). Smarte tavler, smarte elever. Oslo: Pedlex Norsk Skoleinformasjon * (4).

Wølner, Tor Arne. (2010) Den didaktiske digitale kompetansen. Lærerutdanningens forsømmelse. Bedre Skole (4) pp. 13-19. Wølner, T.A. (2009). Digitale arbeider og vurdering. Pp.51-54 I (Høihilder, E.K. ed.): Elevvurdering. Metoder for ungdomstrinnet og videregående opplæring. Oslo: Pedlex.

Wølner, T.A. (2009). Mappevurdering eller porteføljemetodikk? In Dobson, Eggen & Smith (ed.). Vurdering, prinsipper og praksis Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk 2009 pp. 166-189.

Wølner, T.A. (2009). Fagdidaktikk for eksemplarisk læring og bruk av digitale medier. In: (Aagre (ed.) Lærerutdanning for ungdomstrinnet. Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk 2009 pp. 125-148.

Wølner, T.A. (2008). Digitale medier som arena for vurdering. pp. 66-72 In (Høihilder, E.K. ed.): Elevvurdering. En metodebok for lærere. Oslo: Pedlex 2008 pp. 66-72.

Høiland, T. & Wølner T.A. 2007. Fra digital ferdighet til kompetanse – om didaktikk for arbeid med digitale medier i skolen. Oslo: Gyldendal Akademiske.

Wølner, Tor Arne.(2007) Didaktikk for digital kompetanse. Bedre Skole 2007 (3) pp. 47-51.

Karlsen, A. & Wølner, T.A. (2006) Den femte grunnleggende ferdighet Portefølje og digitale mapper - et sted for læring. Oslo: Gyldendal Akademiske.

Wølner, T.A. (2004). Riv ned gjerdene: IKT og fag hånd i hånd. In IKT og nye læreprosesser: en artikkelsamling basert på erfaringer fra et prosjekt ved avdeling for lærerutdanning. Tønsberg: Høgskolen i Vestfold pp. 105-124.

Olsen, K. R. & Wølner, T. A. (2003). Storyline for ungdomstrinnet. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.

Hjukse, Hjørdis; Wølner, Tor Arne; Johansen, Edda Aslaug; Aagaard, Toril; Røys, Helge. Sluttrapport delprosjekt 5. e-læring og e-campus. HSN (Høgskolen i Sør-Øst-Norge (HiT & HBV) 2015. 25 pages.

Papers L. Pareto, K. Gynther, B. Lindhardt, M. Spante, L. Vejbæk & T.A. Wølner (2013) A Model for Instructional Design in Virtual Nordic Classrooms.

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