Lillian Buus

PhD in Human Centred Informatics, Master of Arts, Master in Business Administrative (MBA Executive)


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Project management: Professional
Networking: Several years of experience
Fundraising: Great experience
Administration: Several years of experience
Management: Several years of experience

Research and development areas

My research focuses on developing learning designs and scaffolding teachers in the integration of digital media and ICT in education

My research delves into the educational application of digital media and ICT in educational settings, with a particular emphasis on developing learning designs and the crucial role of scaffolding teachers during the integration process.

My PhD thesis identified various learning potentials and challenges associated with teachers' incorporation of web 2.0 mediated learning into their teaching practices. The thesis further outlines a collaborative design methodology for crafting learning activities and processes that can assist teachers in their (re-)design of learning experiences.

My research additionally highlights the need for establishing an organizational support unit to scaffold and facilitate teachers in designing and implementing their learning designs. As a "scaffolder," possessing expertise in both pedagogy and technology is paramount, while adhering to the philosophy that "we cannot design learning; we can only design for learning" [Buus, 2016; Dirckinck-Holmfeld & Jones, 2009].

In my work and research, I focus on learning design and strategies for scaffolding teachers throughout the design and integration process. I contribute to the pedagogical and technological design and development of online and blended courses in collaboration with professionals from various domains. I am actively involved in research projects that explore approaches to scaffolding teachers in these processes to gain deeper insights into organizing and constructing learning designs that incorporate teacher scaffolding.

I have extensive experience working with ICT integration and virtual learning environment design in diverse educational contexts (educational institutions, workplaces, etc.), with a focus on the educational and organizational opportunities and challenges encountered.

I have led and participated in numerous development projects, encompassing internal, national, international, and EU projects within my field of research. I hold certification as a project manager.

Additional Activities and Affiliations

  • Member of the editorial board of the journal Learning and Media (LOM) - (
  • Member of the Research Network on Technological Comprehension (or Technological Empowerment)
  • Member of SIG 'Digital Pedagogy & Learning in Higher Education (DIP)'
  • Committee Member in COST Action 'Gender Balance in Informatics' (EUGAIN - under The European COST Action Network


  • Educational and pedagogical use of digital technologies and media in teaching and learning contexts
  • Supporting teachers in integrating digital technologies facilitated by learning design
  • Designing and implementing virtual learning environments and learning designs
  • Pedagogical and technological design and development of online and blended learning

Extensive experience in

  • Integrating digital technologies into teaching and learning
  • Designing and implementing virtual learning environments
  • Pedagogical and technological design and development of online and blended learning
  • Collaborating with professionals within different domains to develop and implement effective learning experiences

Areas of interest 

  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI) 
  • Communication Theory 
  • Online og Blended Learning & Distance Education
  • Informations- and Communikations Technology (ICT)
  • Virtuelle learning environments
  • Social Software 
  • Web 2.0 and Social Media 
  • Networked Learning 
  • Pedagogy
  • Distributed Learning 
  • Problem Basered Learning (PBL)
  • Practice learning
  • Design and development of courses
  • Learning Designs
  • Technological empowerment and digital literacy
  • Digital transformation of education
  • Teacher professional development
  • Blended learning
  • Online learning
  • Digital literacy


Education/Academic qualification

Master in Business Administrative (MBA Executive), MBA, ESG - much more than climate - from reporting to transformation, Aalborg University

1 Feb 20227 Dec 2023

Award Date: 19 Jan 2024

PhD in Human Centred Informatics, The Learning Potentials and Challenges when Integrating Web 2.0 in a Problem-Based Learning Approach, Aalborg University

Sept 2010Nov 2015

Award Date: 15 Feb 2016

Master of Arts, Human Centred Informatics, Intranet - development and implementation, Aalborg University

Sept 1997May 2001

Award Date: 12 Jun 2001

Supplement, Communication, Communication in organisations, Aalborg University

Sept 1996Aug 1997

Award Date: 20 Aug 1997

Bachlor, Human Informatics, System development and design in practice, Aalborg University

Sept 1993Sept 1996

Award Date: 26 Jun 1996


Forskningsleder for Program for Læring og IT, VIA University College

2020 → …

Leder af Enheden for Digitalt Læringsdesign, IT og digitalisering samt Konstitueret forskningsleder for Forskningscenter for Læring og IT, VIA University College


Specialkonsulent ved Forskning og Uddannelse under Efter- og Videreuddannelse, VIA University College


E-Læringskonsulent ved IT Service, Aalborg University


Faglig gruppeleder og e-læringskonsulent ved E-Læringssamarbejdet, Aalborg University


E-Læringskonsulent ved E-Læringssamarbejdet, Aalborg University


Forskningsassistent ved E-Learning Lab - Center for User Driven Innovation, Learning and Design (eLL), Aalborg University



  • community of practice
  • e-learning
  • social media
  • educational science
  • cooperation
  • blended learning
  • digitalization
  • digitial communication
  • web 2.0
  • virtual learning
  • didactics
  • action learning


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