Conference 2022

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

NOTE: The registration will take place at the entrance of Kåkenshus at Kungsgatan 40, at the east end of the house, close to Bergsbron and Skvallertorget!

Conference programme

You find the conference programme here!

The programme for presentations in sessions might be subject to minor amendments (cancellations etc.). Keep updated! You can find the present version of the session programme here:

Note that keynotes, annual meeting, and social activities, are not included in the programme for the sessions, these activities are found in the conference programme above!

Book of abstracts

More information about all presentations is included in the Book of abstracts:

Here, you can also find some information about the symposium about “Collaboration – Vocational education and training/teachers and researchers”, organised by the NordYrk Steering Committee in Session 2:1, Thursday 2 June 10:30-12.00:


Deadline for registration was 28 April.

The conference fee is 3 500 SEK excl. VAT. The fee includes lunches, evening meals, and coffee/tea during the conference.

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. 

Abstracts and presentations

The submission of abstracts has closed. Feedback on abstracts and information concerning acceptance will come in March!

There will be four 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 the lunch and coffee breaks on Thursday 2 June. 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 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.S

Annual meeting

The annual meeting of the NordYrk network will take place in K3, Wednesday afternoon at 16:15. Here you can find the agenda, the activity report from the steering committee, and the report from the nomination committee:

PhD network

Parallel to the first paper sessions on Wednesday afternoon 14:30-16:00, there will be a meeting for all PhD students, to initiate the NordYrk PhD Network! (When you submitted your abstract, there was the option to indicate if an author is a PhD student, and presentations by PhD students will not be scheduled during this session.) PhD students who have not submitted an abstract are of course also welcome to the network meeting.

Social programme

Wednesday evening there will be a reception at Visualiseringscenter C, where we will hear and see a presentation and show in the 3D dome, and have dinner.

Thursday evening we will visit the Museum of Work, where we will have a presentation of the museum followed by the conference dinner at Restaurang Vy on the top floor of the museum.

More information


You can travel to Norrköping by train, bus, and car. There are good train connections from Stockholm and Copenhagen, and also connections from Oslo. You can also go by train from Copenhagen Airport, and Stockholm Arlanda Airport. There are also flights to Stockholm Skavsta Airport in Nyköping, and Linköping Airport, with bus-train connections to Norrköping.


All participants book their own accommodation. There are many hotels available in Norrköping. It is also possible to stay in Linköping and travel with commuter trains Linköping-Norrköping (27 min). The address of the conference venue Campus Norrköping is Bredgatan 33, which is only a short walk away from the central hotels in Norrköping.


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