Digitally mediated — education and commons

“There’s no free. Commons is limited. Education is slavery.” – anonymous In the last couple of months I have spent a remarkable amount of time to think about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), learning analytics, data science, learning science, quantified-self, reflection in learning, tools for reflection etc. Same time I have been thinking what are […]

Reading Wikipedia with students

The Wikimedia Sverige has released a funny video explaining for teachers how to read Wikipedia with students (there are english subtitles, too). The three things one should pay attention to when guiding students to read Wikipedia articles are: references, the sources listed in the bottom of each article; talk, the discussion showing what are the editors […]

Peer-to-peer learning in construction

For close to year now in my research group we have done research on using emerging forms of collaborative computing in workplace learning in construction work in Europe. In the research we have took a close look of wearable computing, invisible and ambient computing (calm), augmented reality, as well as novel interaction technologies. We are […]

Anonymity and privacy in online learning

Related to the latest discussion on US-NSA’s PRISM program and Facebook’s privacy policies I have been thinking should there always be a possibility to stay anonymous in online learning. There are some research papers on the topic. For instance Blake (2000) argues that in an online course where students are not asked to give indications […]

Backchannels and Live participation tools (Call for workshop participation)

Matti Nelimarkka writes about backchannels and live participation tools: “Backhannels and live participation tools are used e.g. in education, conferences and TV shows to increase the interactivity and participation of learners, participants and viewers. Research-wise the domain is scattered across different fields, such as HCI, CSCW and education. This workshop aims to draw together researchers, […]

MOOCs or orchestrated jazzy learning with the Web?

In many things the middle is the best. MOOCs versus no MOOCs? The Web is the best. Photo by synestheticstrings / Wikimedia Commons. The massive open online courses are seen by some as a disruptive innovation in education. For instance, Michael Barber and his fellow lobbyists of the Pearson recently published a booklet with a […]