PhD Student – Malin Jansson

Malin Jansson is a PhD student at the department Learning in Engineering Science, unit Digital Learning, at the School of Industrial Engineering and Management at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

My background is both as a teacher and as an engineer. I received my master of science in engineering and in education, focus on mathematics and physics, at KTH (a programme with a double degree). A programme I chose due to my interest in both mathematics (as well as science in general) and pedagogy. During my years of study I came in contact with Digital learning through jobs such as coach in the project Math coach online, tutor in courses, and educator in digital competence. The interest was still there when I did my master thesis so it became a part of a research project in digital learning and mathematics. After finishing my master I got employed at KTH, and have been teaching technology and digital competence for student teachers and developing KTHs MOOCs. At the moment I’m working with digital course development as well as my PhD.

In my research project we are developing a system for communicating mathematics online, TalkMath (talkmarh.org). The system is meant to support distance communication in mathematics, discussions and aid between students, students and teacher communication, and the discussion of content on a platform adapted to the subject. Our idea is to study how the system is used for mathematical discussions, what the users are talking about and how students help other student. Furthermore it could be interesting to connect what to users are talking about with who they are talking to.