The Coronavirus Kick-starts a New Digital Teaching Reality
University of Agder - MatRIC, Norway
Professor Brekke is vice rector for education for the period 1 August 2019 - 31 July 2023.
As vice rector for education, Brekke heads the Academic Affairs Committee. He also leads the work developing a strategy in the priority area Learning and Education for the Future, with special emphasis on developing a future oriented educational leadership.
Brekke has been working at UiA since 1993. Throughout his career, he has focused on quality and development in teaching. He has a central role in MatRIC, an international centre for mathematics didactics, which has been appointed a Centre for Excellence in Education.
He wants to make room for development and testing of different teaching methods which will improve the quality of learning outcomes - and also disseminate the knowledge created.
Brekke has long been a role model in the pedagogical uses of video and other digital technologies in mathematics teaching, and he has published several articles on the topic. In 2018, he was awarded Excellent Teaching Practitioner as the first recipient at UiA.
Brekke has a goal of improving students’ achievements; he therefore emphasises quality culture and systematicity to improve quality in the field of education. He is particularly concerned with building a good and inclusive learning environment.
In keeping with the university’s ambitions for the skills reform “Learning throughout life”, Brekke strives to highlight and strengthen alumni relations and continuing education at UiA.
Brekke was formerly a college lecturer, university lecturer and assistant professor and received his Cand. Scient. in theoretical astrophysics from the University of Oslo.