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Forest as a learning environment: children and a trail camera

We just published a research article in the journal Educational Media International:  Vartiainen, H., Leinonen, T. & Nissinen, S. (2019) Connected learning with media tools in kindergarten: an illustrative case. Educational Media International, DOI: 10.1080/09523987.2019.1669877 The article reports a study of  an illustrative case of using digital media tools — iPads, a trail camera & PCs […]

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Wikipedia: more languages?

Wikipedia is available in 303 languages. It is estimated that there are between 5000 and 7000 human languages in the world. Out of these close to 4000 have a writing system. Today in the Wikimedia movement, we cover less than 8% of the languages that could have a Wikipedia. To be honest, I think, we […]

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Art and design education in the future?

OECD Education Director Andreas Schleicher recently claimed that because of the tech revolution, in a near future arts may become more important school subject than maths. I agree with Mr Schleicher on the principle, but also see a lot of challenges in the way we teach arts and design — and mathematics, too. Maybe a […]

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Augmenting human intelligence with artificial intelligence. Part 2: Lifelong learning

I decided to write a couple of draft/work in progress texts under the title “Augmenting human intelligence with artificial intelligence”. I am publishing the texts in several parts. The first part was called metamedia. This piece is about lifelong learning (organizations and other stuff).  Part 2: Lifelong learning (organisations and other stuff) There seems to […]

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The last 20 years of mobile learning and the grand challenge in global learning 

The concept of “mobile learning” (m-learning) started to appear in research literature in the early 2000’s. The first mLearn conference was organized in 2002. I have done mobile learning related research for 20 years. In 1998, we released the Future Learning Environment (FLE) that was already designed to be usable with mobile devices that feature […]

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MOOCs are like marathons: you must train for years to complete one

I think it was Pierre Dillenbourg, who once said that MOOCS are like marathons. You may find a map and run the Stockholm Marathon by yourself, but doing it together with some 20 000 other people is just more fun. With a crowd it is easier. People motivate each other. It is known that only […]

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Flipped classroom in an online class

I am writing a short article about a blended-learning experiment we did the last autumn semester. Before checking the actual research data we gathered from the experiment, I wanted to post here some first thoughts. Notes to myself. Here they are. I explained the experiment already shortly in an earlier post I wrote some time ago. […]

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About e-learning: a second thought

The term e-learning is close to 20 years old. In 2004, 12 years ago, I wrote somehow polemic text with the title E-learning is dead. Long live learning!” I now read it and felt that I could update it with some new thoughts, although the original one is not a bad text as a such, […]

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The democratisation of design

Victor Papanek begins his book, published in 1971, with the words “All men are designers”. By this, Papanek means that an element of design is involved in almost everything people do. Design is the basis of all human activity. The fact that Papanek himself was an industrial designer gives more weight to his words, even […]

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Wikipedia Open Search: The World Needs It

In the last years the Wikipedia’s search has been improving. It still sucks, but it is getting better. There is a smart team working with the search and the Wikidata is giving a structure to the data. Think what Wikipedia Search could be? Think what Wikipedia Search could do? First of all, it could answer to […]