Blending Swedish at the University of Iceland

University of Iceland

Blended language learning course experience

The blended learning course Self Study in Swedish (SÆN005G, 5 ECTS) is a web-based beginners level course in Swedish at University of Iceland and was available for the first time in fall 2015 as a pilot project. It was taught as regular course in fall 2016 with 13 student registered from different Faculties at the University of Iceland. And it is now taught again in fall 2017 with 15 registered students.

Read more about Self Study in Swedish here – with course description and assessment:

About the University of Iceland

University of Iceland (UI) was established in 1911. It consists of 5 schools and 25 faculties together with several interdisciplinary post-graduate studies and 7 Research Centers around Iceland. The total number of enrolled students are 13 000. UI is the only university in Iceland to offer both undergraduate and post-graduate studies in all major fields of study.

UIs excellence in teaching and research earned it a spot among the top 300 universities in Social Science worldwide on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2017-2018. The University of Iceland was ranked 201-250 worldwide and in place 13-19 of the Nordic countries.

The skills and expertise of participating teachers

Mr. Lars-Göran Johansson, Fil. Mag, is a senior lecturer in Swedish since fifteen years at the University of Iceland. He has special expertise in distance and online learning and has, in recent years, been working closely together with the Swedish institute, and four European universities, to build and launch the new online and free Swedish beginners course Learning Swedish.

Ms. Malin Barkelind, Fil. Kand, is a teacher of online distant courses in Swedish at the University of Iceland and a Swedish language consultant.

Ms. Helga Hilmísdóttir, Ph.D, Research lecturer at The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, University of Iceland

Activities and experience in the areas relevant for this project

Svenska lektoratet, University of Iceland

The Swedish language subject group in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures at the University of Iceland has had a leading role in building and offering online web courses since more than 10 years. The two key persons in this project have long experiences of online course materials in Swedish and in the teaching of relevant target groups.