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PISA-X International

Enrollment is Closed


PISA-X is aimed at teachers and other professionals who are ready to develop online courses for their students. The course combines three elements: practical training in course production; pedagogical approaches to course design and institutional strategies for developing online programs.

The PISA program takes an institutional view of online teaching. Universities that introduce online programs need to support four development processes in parallel:

Presentation means that teachers must learn to produce digital text, images, audio and video lectures (digital learning objects). Some productions will require professional support from media specialists. Institutions must develop storage, metadata and copyright policies for the new learning resources.

Interaction means that teachers must learn to design challenging learning tasks on the web - often with support from instructional designers

Social interaction means that teachers must adapt their classroom practices. When important elements of teaching move online, teachers must combine web activities with effective learning processes in the classroom, for groups as well as for individuals.

Analysis means that students, teachers and educational managers can learn from the stream of transaction data generated by digital learning platforms. The feedback provided by such data can serve as a guide to more effective learning, teaching and management.

The four letters spell PISA.


Participants who complete this course will have

  • created a first draft of a course they may continue to develop for future delivery
  • the basic technical skills required to produce and manage online courses on the edX platform
  • a basic knowledge of digital copyright issues and practical ways to handle them 
  • a good understanding of the pedagogical principles involved in web based course design
  • an awareness of the institutional changes caused, and required, by the development of online teaching


In order to complete the course at "normal speed" (20-25 hours) participants should be familiar with standard office software (word processing, email, spreadsheets, search engines) and basic file management: how to store, copy, rename, move, and find specific files.

The production parts of the course builds on the edX platform and requires access to Studio , the edX content production editor. Practical work with Studio supposes basic HTML skills. Work with images requires some elementary skills: cropping, resizing and adding text to images. Basic skills in the use of PowerPoint, Google Slides or another brand of presentation software will be useful.

Students could acquire some of these skills while they follow PISA-X. Time budgets would have to be increased, however.

Course staff

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Helge Høivik

Producer. Helge, who directs the PISA program, is professor in digital documentalism and e-learning at Oslo Metropolitan University.

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Tord Høivik

Producer and subject editor. Tord works as senior consultant in digital course development at Oslo Metropolitan University. He is a former associate professor in library and information science.

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Gabi Hurlen

Co-producer. Gabi works as consultant and producer in e-learning and video production at Oslo Metropolitan University. She graduated in media studies from Oslo University.

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Ole Gunnar Alfsen

Media editor. Ole Gunnar is a part-time consultant and producer in video production at Oslo Metropolitan University