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LINA takes AIL to The next level

The research environment “Learning in and for the new working life” (LINA) focuses on research in the area of ​​Work-Integrated Learning (AIL). As the knowledge interests of the LINA environment have a strong relationship with the university's overall business profile AIL, it is natural that the research environment includes researchers and staff from the entire university. For many years, the LINA environment has focused on research on the conditions for learning and knowledge development in working life. LINA consists of about 75 researchers from subjects, such as informatics, pedagogy, economics, psychology, health care and cultural sciences and more, and there are also some 25 doctoral students working in the research environment.

LINA emphasizes the importance of formulating the aims and issues of the projects in close dialogue with the activities in which the research is carried out, and that the research design of the projects is oriented towards social development and change, while the research environment prioritizes resources to be able to act quickly on research collaborations from the outside world.

There are four related knowledge interests that work focused on development and research:

* Challenges in welfare
* IT, healthcare and health
* Industrial AIL
* AIL as an educational approach.

The Welfare Workshop is the arena where we have worked cross-sectorally and innovatively, with collaboration, openness and social benefits, which are also interwoven in various educational and research projects.

In IT, healthcare and health, technology development and digitization are studied which can be both costly and cost effective. Research is needed to study the technology's use and balance between efficiency and quality. LINA has been working on a continued development of a mapping of healthcare digitalisation and what research issues this entails. 

Within Industrial AIL, we have identified a number of thematics that need to be developed and explored in close collaboration with organizations and companies. It is leadership and learning in digitization processes, skills and security in human-robot interactions, sustainable services and business models, and virtual environments for collaboration and learning.

The research on AIL as an educational approach raises fundamental critical questions about how our AIL profile can understand the added value and conflicts between the goals of the university and the interests of our collaborating partners in the outside world. Questions on how research on AIL can be enriched by international collaborations and comparisons are also central.

For more information about the LINA research environment, please contact:

Kristina Johansson (Leader of the research environment)

Lars Walter (Deputy leader of the research environment)

Updated by Eva Erkmar