I am Associate Professor in media studies at Aarhus University, Department of Aesthetics and Communication. I hold an MA in Information Studies and Organizational Psychology from Aarhus University and a PH.D. in Media Sociography from the IT-University of Copenhagen. I am organizer of our trainees program and teaches in organisational communication and do supervision of master thesis etc. Before I have taught and done research at the university of Aalborg Department of Humanistisk Informatik, at Aarhus University, the former Department of Information and Media Studies and at the IT-University of Copenhagen.
Since 2001 I have been member of The Centre for Internet Research. I am also a member of The Association of Danish Media Researchers (SMID), International Sociological Association (ISA), Research Committee 51 on Sociocybernetics (RC 51) and Media Ecology Association (MEA). I am moderator on three mailing lists Sociocybernetic (about 700 members), the Danish Luhmann Forum (about 420 members) (we also have a Facebook group), and Centre for Internet Research´ mailing list Forum for internetforskning (about 70 members).
Together with Michael Eric Paulsen I am doing the Socio Media Education project. Socio Media Education (SME) is an action research project about how Danish upper secondary schools can improve their media culture. We have conducted research in a number of upper secondary schools in Denmark and written a series of articles about how digital media and wireless networks influence social relations in classroom teaching (see publication menu). Our findings have showed that these media cause a series of problems: distraction, conflicts between students and teachers, and a high drop‐out rate. They have also showed that teachers either react to the new media environment with prohibition (control and surveillance strategies) or indifference (laissez‐faire strategies). Using medium theory (Meyrowitz 1985) and sociological systems theory (Luhmann 1995), we are able to explain and understand this theoretically. According to our analysis, information, communication, and action situations have changed with the new media environment. This has resulted in a situation where the norms formed in the former media environment do not efficiently guide social situations in the new digital and wireless network media environment. New forms of classroom management and classroom culture are needed.
In August 2011 teaching began in a new first‐year upper secondary school class in Denmark, an experimentation class in the three‐year SME project. This upper secondary school’s background for being a part of the project fell in line with our results and experience from previous observations, interviews, and analyses (see the publication menu). The school representatives felt so frustrated with the situation that they fully agreed to be included in the project, even though this meant they had to participate in a so far unprecedented educational experiment. The core of this experiment is that the teachers can neither meet the students with prohibitions nor with indifference with regard to the use of media. In addition, they have to facilitate student reflexivity in relation to attention and media use, and they have to use two social media in their teaching, namely Twitter and a wiki.
The status of the project is that we are analyzing and writing on a book about the first year of the project and the results that we have now. Two small conference papers about the project is available under the publication menu.