CALL for intensive course and development project applications for the Nordplus 2021

Internal EDDA Norden CALL for intensive course and development project applications for the Nordplus 2021 application.

Send your application to the EDDA Norden coordinator jaana.brinc(at) by 8.1.2021.
Please, look Nordplus handbook 2021 (pages 28-36) for more detailed information.

Include to your application

For intensive courses:
Intensive course description (IC application form)
IC Budget file

For development projects:
Project description (DP application form)
DP Budget file

The applications are attached as part of the EDDA Norden network application for Nordplus (DL 1.2.2020), and proposals will be evaluated by Nordplus.

The Nordplus Handbook 2018–2022

Intensive courses
Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for intensive courses lasting between one week (five working days) and one month. Courses may take place during term time or in the summer by way of short courses, symposiums, master classes or workshops.
Intensive courses must include students and academic staff from at least three different countries. The courses must yield ECTS points and must be recognised as part of the students’ degree. The number of ECTS points should be stated in the application.
PhD students may act as teachers on intensive courses. They are not eligible for a grant if they are students in the programme. The same intensive course can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. It is recommended that the hosting institution is rotated. (Nordplus handbook 2021, p. 34).

Development projects
Nordplus Higher Education offers grants for innovative development projects within the field of Higher Education. For cross-sector projects, networks are recommended to apply the Nordplus Horizontal programme. Apart from joint curriculum planning and joint modules, projects may focus on issues such as:
– Collaboration with the labour market
– Quality assurance
– The dissemination and use of results achieved by networks and projects
– The development of collaborations with other institutions in the public or private sectors as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) within Higher Education
– The development of new teaching methods.

The same project can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted.

Funding for project activities and network meetings
Nordplus grants should be seen as a contribution towards the actual cost of activities in the participating countries. From call 2021, grants for project activities and network meetings are allocated according to fixed unit costs for travel, subsistence and organisational support, if applicable. The purpose of the organisational support is to cover administrative costs which may be any type of costs of implementing, coordinating and participating in a project activity. Beneficiaries have full flexibility to move funds between budget categories within the overall grant. (Nordplus handbook 2021, p. 37)

Covid19 and its effects on the new funding period for 2020

The decision for funding 2020-2021 was positive – Thank you Nordplus!
We received 17 000 EUR for mobility (teacher, student and express mobility and internships).

In addition, we got funding for an intensive course: Introduction to Egg Tempera Painting hosted by Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA).
More information about the course and signing up will follow.
(updated 4.5.2020).

The mobility funding can be used between 15.5.2020 – 1.10.2021. If you are interested in applying for mobility grants, visit our mobility grant pages.

Due to the corona pandemic and the current travelling restrictions in many countries, we are re-thinking EDDA Norden network mobility options during these exceptional times. We all hope that we could meet soon again in person, yet meanwhile let’s keep in touch online. And make the most of it to learn new things and new ways of collaboration.

The spread of the COVID-19 virus has naturally raised questions among the networks that have received funding from Nordplus. For this reason, the Nordplus National Agencies wish to convey the following message regarding participants’ trips that are currently underway or ahead.

“Digital activities
Nordplus would also like to draw the attention to the following extraordinary changes to the Nordplus regulation:
– In mobility projects: “Digital mobility” will exceptionally by accepted as “regular mobility”.” As EDDA network, we should think what this mean for us, and how we could have active Nordic digital mobility for the benefit our teaching and learning.

For further guidance:
Please follow closely Nordplus guidelines in their webpage:

Announcement to Nordplus beneficiaries in respect to the Covid-19 coronary virus

Nordplus New Digital Mobility option and more on Covid 19

Photo of smartphone screen with a maps of the world and Edda Norden logo

Seminar: Nordic Art Education in Motion

Seminar 26.2.2020, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Espoo, Finland

The seminar discusses international perspectives in art education and highlights Nordplus theme: Digital competences and computational thinking: preparing children, young people and adults for a digitalized society.

You are welcome to join us in Espoo, Finland!

Seminar is organized by Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland, Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education Master’s Programme and EDDA Norden Art Education Network. If you are a teacher in EDDA Norden partner university and come outside Finland, you may apply for EDDA mobility funding.

Time: Wed 26.2.2020 9:00-17:00
Place: Aalto University, Otaniemi campus, A Grid: Jeti, A208D, Espoo, Finland

For more info and signing up by 21.2.2020 : nova-arts(at)
Seminar is in English and free of charge.

Logos of Aalto University, Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA), Edda Norden and Nordplus

Program of the day

Starting with introductions


Student perspectives on Nordic collaboration

Kenneth Lundin, Finnish National Agency for Education
Nordplus and Nordic Master Supporting Nordic-Baltic Educational Collaboration

Sanna Reponen, Mehackit
Let Me Hack It – an edtech approach to creative programming in the classroom

12:00-13 LUNCH (at own cost)

Juuso Tervo, Aalto University
Art education historiography after archive fever

Tomi Slotte Dufva, Aalto University
Digital futures in postnormal times

14:30-15:00 BREAK

Eva Durall, Aalto University, Media lab
STEAM education: presentation of ongoing research and innovation projects in non-formal and formal education

Mira Kallio-Tavin, Aalto University
Nordic art education and its research in motion

16:30-17 Collaborative wrap up and future insights


Face portrait of Kennet Lundin

Kenneth Lundin

Kenneth Lundin works as a Programme Manager at EDUFI (Opetushallitus), responsible for the administration of Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding programmes for Higher Education, Nordplus and Nordic Master.

Portrait of Sanna Reponen

Sanna Reponen

Sanna, CTO at Mehackit, is a technology educator and designer with a special interest in the boundaries of formal and informal learning. She has a background in learning product development and hands-on facilitation work with all kinds of audiences eg. at Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre. As a cross-curricular professional she has been equally at home designing digital learning prototypes in the Learning Environments research group at Aalto University, or organizing the first Mini Maker Faires in Finland with Wärk Association.

Sanna has Master’s Degrees in Musicology and New Media Design and Production.


Face portrait of Tomi Slotte Dufva

Tomi Slotte Dufva

Tomi Slotte Dufva (Doctor of Art) works as a university lecturer at Aalto University, specialising in emerging practices within art education. Slotte Dufva artistic work focuses primarily on the intersections between art, technology and science. He is the co-founder of art & craft school Robotti, which combines technology and art. Slotte Dufva’s research revolves around the topics of post-digital art, embodied digitality, art and tech, and societal, philosophical and cultural issues within AI and digitality.

Tomi Slotte Dufva

Portrait of Juuso Tervo

Juuso Tervo

Photo: Jella Bertell

Juuso Tervo works as a University Lecturer and the Director of University-Wide Art Studies at Aalto University. His research and writing combine historical, philosophical, and political inquiries in art and education, drawing from fields such as literary theory, poetics, theology, philosophy of education, and philosophy of history. He received his PhD in Arts Administration, Education and Policy from The Ohio State University in 2014.

Juuso Tervo

Portrait of Eeva Durall

Eeva Durall

Eva Durall is a postdoctoral researcher at the learning environments research group at Medialab (Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture). Her research interest is the design of learning environments and scenarios mediated by technology, with particular emphasis on supporting reflection, self-regulation and collaboration. Eva’s current research lines focus on the use of participatory and co-design methods in learning and education. Eva has participated in several research and innovation projects dealing with the use of ICT in Higher and Primary Education, as well as in informal and non-formal learning. She has also coordinated international reports on technology forecasts in learning and education, as well as co-design processes in learning design.

Eva Durall research

Portrait of Mira Kallio-Tavin

Mira Kallio-Tavin

Associate professor Mira Kallio-Tavin (Doctor or Arts), is the Head of Research in the Department of Art in Aalto University, Finland. She focuses her research on critical artistic and arts-based practices and research in questions of diversity, disability studies, social justice and critical animal studies. She is a World Councilor of InSEA (International Society for Education Through Art), the Chair of disability studies in art education (DSAE) interest group in the NAEA (National Art Education Association) in the United States, the founder of the International DSAE conference, and the founder of Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) master’s program. She is the author and editor of six books, and editor of journals Research in Art Education (principle editor) and The International Journal of Education through Art (editor).

Mira Kallio-Tavin research

Art, Education & Entrepreneurship

Title of course: Art, Education & Entrepreneurship

Teaching period: September 3-6 2019

Organized by Aalto Arts in collaboration with Aalto Ventures
Program and Teaching Lab, partnering with the City of Helsinki

ECTS: 2-3, Number of available place for EDDA students: 5

Level: BA3 and MA1-2

Application deadline:  June 16 2019

Pdf poster to print.

How to apply: Send a short motivation and CV to Jaana Brinck ( with the subject line “Art, Education & Entrepreneurship application”. Jaana will also be giving additional information on the course if and when needed.

Applicants will be informed about the selection by June 20 2019.

Course description:  Join this unique intensive course to explore the opportunities in Art, Education and Entrepreneurship for more artistic, creative and student-oriented learning. You will work in international, multitalented teams of Aalto University with development challenge provided by the City of Helsinki. Get familiar with entrepreneurial thinking in a relaxed and friendly setting.

Through practical design work, case examples and expert speakers you will:

  • Explore and develop entrepreneurial spirit and business ideas together with your peers.
  • Ideate a creative product or service concept for educational field.
  • Get feedback on your ideas from peers, experts and professionals.
  • Discuss with your fellow students and learn about their experiences as entrepreneurs.
  • Learn multidisciplinary team work and creative design skills.

Students accepted for the course are eligible for an EDDA grant of 400 EUR to cover travel and accommodation costs and they will get information on how to proceed with their acceptance messages.