Conference 2022

The NordYrk Conference 2022 will take place 1–3 June at Linköping University, Sweden.

NOTE: The conference venue will be Campus Norrköping, which means that you should book traveling to, and accomodation in, the city of Norrköping!

Conference theme

The conference theme for 2022 is Learning Environments in Vocational Education and Training.

At present, the vocational education and training systems take advantage of and combine multiple learning environments, including digital, simulated and gaming learning environments. Their utilization may be embedded either in workplace learning or school-based learning. This variety of learning environments creates a challenge for the educators who are on behalf of planning and designing vocational education curricula and pedagogical approaches combining the various learning environments. In addition, there is a need to address various learning groups from young to adults and include special pedagogic approaches. 

For the planners and teachers of vocational education and training, the challenge is to design how to utilize various learning environments in a way that allows learners to make connections between what is learnt in various learning environments and their personal learning. The learners should have the opportunity to reflect on their learning path, how it is meaningful to their personal life and identity, and to make meaningful choices for their own learning. In contemporary societies, the work organisations take benefit of digital ecosystems connecting sub-units and collaborative organisations across distances and can share the needed information even across the globe. The expanded division of work processes across collaborators demands learners to be able to vision the work processes and model their own contribution in an increasingly complex setting. Therefore, the theme of the NordYrk conference 2022 is “Learning Environments in Vocational Education and Training”.


We are proud to present three prominent keynotes:

Professor Lene Tanggaard, Aalborg University and Design School Kolding, Denmark.

  • Paths of learning in vocational education and training. 

In this presentation, professor Lene Tanggaard will present research work illustrating the importance of understanding the learning paths of students in vocational education and how vital it is to design for learning seeing these paths in combination with situated, cultural, social and structural resources and barriers for learning in the environment. This calls for a situated understanding of learning taking into account the perspective of students and an understanding of learning in social terms. This becomes important also when understanding the nexus of person-technology in a hybrid learning landscape. 

Professor Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren, Linköping University, Sweden.

  • A practice-based perspective on simulation: Exploring how simulation pedagogy might transform learning and professional practices in health care.

Simulation has become a common pedagogical method in initial professional formation and ongoing professional and interprofessional education across many professions. In this presentation professor Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren will present research from a practice-based perspective that challenges the quest for fidelity in simulation and normative notions of simulation pedagogy in health care. A practice-based perspective foregrounds emergence, where learning is never fully decidable in advance and where context transforms learning and vice versa. The presentation unpacks what such a stance might mean for the field of simulation pedagogy, learners, and professional practices.

Associate professor Camilla Björk-Åman, Nord University, Norway.

  • Learning for work or for life? Focus on guidance, learning environments and support in Finnish vocational education.

Employability? Citizenship? Tool for economic competitiveness? Prevention of youth marginalisation? Availability of regional workforce? Social inclusion? 

Having a glance at (Finnish) vocational education and training (VET) it is easy to identify tensions and even contradictions. In the reform 2018 Finnish VET took a major step in the direction of neoliberalism and market-orientation. At the same time VET has an inclusive mission, to ensure that a diverse student population gains skills and qualifications, a mission strengthened in the extension of Finnish compulsory basic education in 2021. 

In her presentation, associate professor Camilla Björk-Åman, will take these tensions as a starting point and, with the help of research work, seek a way forward in the complex task that teachers face when maneuvering in the contemporary landscape of vocational education. 

Prepare your abstract

Deadline for abstracts is 31 January 2022.

Choose between the following presentation formats:

  • Paper
  • Poster
  • Workshop
  • Symposium

A paper will be scheduled for 30 minutes presentation+discussion, as part of a 1,5 hours paper session. Posters will be posted and available during the conference, and presented during a scheduled poster session. A workshop is a more interactive session of 1,5 hours, where the participants are involved. A symposium is typically a 1,5 hours coordinated session where a group is presenting their work together. Presentations could be based on research as well as developmental work, and build on work-in-progress or finished projects. The abstract should indicate what type of work that is presented!

Presentations that concern any aspects of vocational education and training (VET) are welcome – the conference theme on learning environments could serve as inspiration, but other VET-related topics are also most welcome!

Papers and presentations could be in English, Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish. Each session will include presentations either in English or in Nordic languages, i.e. English/Nordic languages are not mixed in the same session. The paper should include 3–5 keywords, framing (general description, aim, theoretical framework, up to 200 words), methodology/methods (up to 100 words), expected outcomes (up to 100 words), and references (preferred style, APA 7th edition).

Submit your abstract here!

More information, registration etc.

More information about the conference programme, registration etc. will come here soon!

NOTE: Feedback on abstracts and acceptance will be given in March. You do not have to register before your abstract is accepted. Do not hesitate to submit your abstract, to secure the opportunity to present in the conference – the final decision concerning participation, registration, booking of traveling and accommodation etc. can still wait for a while.