Educational programs in e-government - An active, practice- and design-oriented network?

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Pirjo Elovaara, Sara Eriksén, Annelie Ekelin, Christina Hansson, Monica E Nilsson, Jeff Winter
Title: Educational programs in e-government - An active, practice- and design-oriented network?
Conference name: 3rd International Conference on Electronic Government (EGOV 2004)
Year: 2004
Pagination: 457-459
ISBN: 3-540-22916-7
City: Zaragoza, SPAIN
ISI number: 000223635100078
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning (Sektionen för teknokultur, humaniora och samhällsbyggnad)
School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: In the autumn of 2004, two higher educational programs in e-government will be starting up at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Southern Sweden. One of these is a Master’s level program, while the other is a more basic, two-year vocational education. Each will be the first of its kind in Scandinavia, and both will be offered as net-based distance education. The interdisciplinary group of researchers/teachers now developing the courses for these educational programs, in co-operation with several other research groups in Scandinavia, see this co-construction of distance education as the beginning of an active Scandinavian network of competence around higher education and ongoing research and development in the e-government area. We are currently exploring the possibilities of using distance education in this area as a way of networking around on-going e-government research and competence enhancement in Scandinavia. The Scandinavian tradition of Participatory Design, as well as ideas about e-government as constantly ongoing co-construction, have inspired us in our work with developing the new educational programs. A reference group consisting of representatives from a number of municipalities and various government agencies plays an important role in this work.
Subject: Human Work Science\Participatory Design
Computer Science\Effects on Society
Keywords: e-government, educational program, participatory design
Note: The conference proceedings from the third international conference EGOV 2004 are published in the Springer Verlag series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS 3183), edited by Roland Traunmüller (ISSN 0302-9743).