Fjärrundervisning, Swedish for remote education, is a law-regulated Swedish concept for education from classroom to classroom via videolink.

The changing demography and the consequent increasement of pupils in need for school places has put great pressure on the Swedish educational system. Now there is a need to develop new ways of providing good quality education to all pupils despite their geographical location. The Fjärrundervisning project, a collaboration between Ifous, RISE Interactive (formerly called Interactive Institute) and Umeå University, seeks to explore new tools, methods and processes to support “Fjärrundervisning”. The project seeks to inform policy making about new forms of distance education in Sweden.

Fjärrundervisning differs from other distance learning concepts for three main reasons: first, teachers and pupils may be separated in space but not in time; secondly, pupils are gathered in a classroom instead of being able to join from optional locations; and thirdly, it demands the presence of a ‘supervisor’ in the class where the pupils are located. Fjärrundervisning allows different setups: teachers can be alone or in a classroom with pupils while transmitting a lecture over distance to one or several classrooms. Since 1 August 2016, Fjärrundervisning is allowed in Sweden for mother tongue teaching and for supervising of mother tongue teaching.

During 2016–17, RISE Interactive together with Ifous and Umeå University are researching and developing possibilities for Fjärrundervisning. RISE Interactive’s focus is to collaboratively develop methods and tools for supporting teachers to create reflective practices around teaching with technology. Each partner is working with schools in different pilot municipalities to research and develop possibilities for Fjärrundervisning. RISE Interactive’s pilot municipality is Upplands Väsby, where the institute has been carrying field research and participatory experiments to map and understand current teaching practices and their relation to technology and develop fjärrundervisning possibilities.

On the 1st of February 2018, the final report and policy suggestions were presented at a SKL Breakfast seminar. For more information and the final report (in Swedish) please follow this link.




The project is funded by Vinnova’s “Digitalization of future schools” programme.



Brendon Clark
Nicholas B. Torretta
Ellen Franzén