Tor Ole Bigton Odden

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Room Ø466
Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 24 Fysikkbygningen 0316 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1048 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic interests

  • Using computation to support epistemic agency and creativity in physics learning
  • Computational thinking and computational literacy in physics learning
  • Applications of natural language processing to educational research literature and data
  • Supporting and preparing learning assistants and teaching assistants in physics
  • How students make sense of physics concepts


Tor is an associate professor of physics education research at the Center for Computing in Science Education. His research focuses on how computation can be leveraged to support student creativity and epistemic agency in science learning, how students acquire disciplinary computational literacy, and applications of natural language processing techniques to analyze science education research literature and data. Tor holds a PhD in physics education research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his dissertation work focused on how undergraduate physics students make sense of abstract or tricky physics concepts, the specific strategies they use, and how instructors can help them in that process. Tor also holds a masters in physics from UW-Madison and a bachelors in physics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Outside Interests

In his spare time, Tor enjoys playing and listening to Norwegian folk music (fiddle), and is also an avid runner, skier, woodcarver, and graphic novel enthusiast.

Tags: sensemaking, physics education, physics education research, computational literacy, epistemic agency, Natural Language Processing


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  • Odden, Tor Ole; Yadav, Aman; Tellefsen, Cathrine Wahlstrøm & Caeli, Elisa Nadire (2020). Integrating Computing into K-16 Education: Scaffolding Teacher and Student Learning in STEM Disciplines. Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE. ISSN 1942-647X. p. 517–518. doi: 10.1145/3341525.3393961.
  • Fyhn, Marianne; Malthe-Sørenssen, Anders; Mørken, Knut Martin; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan; Odden, Tor Ole & Sundnes, Joakim (2019). Beregningsorientering og utdanningsutvikling.
  • Odden, Tor Ole & Malthe-Sørenssen, Anders (2019). Computational Essays and Computational Literacy at the University of Oslo.
  • Odden, Tor Ole (2019). Computational Literacy and Computational Essays at the University of Oslo .
  • Lauvland, Anders; Odden, Tor Ole; Bøe, Maria Vetleseter & Henriksen, Ellen Karoline (2019). Learning assistants' transformed views on teaching and the teacher role after a training program.
  • Sand, Odd Petter; Odden, Tor Ole; Lindstrøm, Christine & Caballero, Marcos Daniel (2018). How computation can facilitate sensemaking about physics.
  • Odden, Tor Ole (2018). Grokking: The Endpoint of Sensemaking.
  • Odden, Tor Ole & Russ, Rosemary (2018). Vexing Questions that Sustain Sensemaking.

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Published June 5, 2018 2:15 PM - Last modified Sep. 2, 2022 9:25 AM