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

  • Creativity and self-expression 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
  • Sensemaking in physics education


Tor completed his PhD in physics education in December 2017 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation work focused 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.


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Assistant Exceptional Service Award, 2016
  • Milton O. Pella Science Education Graduate Fellowship, 2016-2017
  • Inductee into University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Academy, 2017

Outside Interests

In his spare time, Tor has practiced tai chi and Bak Shaolin Eagle Claw kung fu, and is also an avid runner, skier, woodcarver, gamer, fiddle player, and gummy bear connoisseur.


Tags: sensemaking, physics education, physics education research, computational literacy


  • 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.  s 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.
  • 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.
  • Odden, Tor Ole (2019). Computational Literacy and Computational Essays at the University of Oslo.
  • Odden, Tor Ole & Malthe-Sørenssen, Anders (2019). Computational Essays and Computational Literacy at the University of Oslo.
  • Odden, Tor Ole (2018). Grokking: The Endpoint of Sensemaking.
  • Odden, Tor Ole & Russ, Rosemary (2018). Vexing Questions that Sustain Sensemaking.
  • Sand, Odd Petter; Odden, Tor Ole; Lindstrøm, Christine & Caballero, Marcos Daniel (2018). How computation can facilitate sensemaking about physics.
Published June 5, 2018 2:15 PM - Last modified Aug. 11, 2020 11:37 AM