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Learning Environments research group is hiring

%CODE1% The Learning Environments research group (LeGroup) at the Media Lab Helsinki of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is looking for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers interested in to work in several new research projects starting in Autumn 2012. For the doctoral students position(s) there is still a week to prepare […]

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Aalto University Collaboration Design educational tool General Open Source Uncategorized

Learning Environments research group is hiring

%CODE1% The Learning Environments research group (LeGroup) at the Media Lab Helsinki of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is looking for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers interested in to work in several new research projects starting in Autumn 2012. For the doctoral students position(s) there is still a week to prepare […]

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Open education needs free knowledge needs open data

“Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best…” – Frank Zappa Open education can only happen with free knowledge. Free knowledge does not exist without open data (and information). Open education should focus on wisdom, […]

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The Wisdom of Motivated Crowds

I have been lately thinking a lot the idea of motivated crowds and how the idea could be used in teaching and learning. Firstly, what is a motivated crowd? In an interview published in the Wikipedia Signpost Umberto Eco makes a difference between wisdom of crowds and wisdom of motivated crowds: “I don’t quite agree […]

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Education in Finland: smart, continuos development (a bit like agile software development)

New stories praising Finnish educational system are popping up almost weekly. Now CNN reports with focus on education in USA and how things are different in Finland. I agree with most of the points made in the story: teachers are essential and standardized testing is doing more harm than good. These are also interlinked issues. […]

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Back to school: new technologies, more advantage communities ?

A week ago I gave a “demonstration lecture” as part of a nomination and selection process in my university. The assignment was to prepare a “teaching / learning event” for MA students on a topic “new technologies, more advantage communities ?”. I prepared the lecture as an introduction to the theme. In a real course […]

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European perspectives on design for learning in the 21 century

In mid July, I gave a workshop and a keynote at the National conference of the Australasian Association of Distance Education Schools in Tasmania, Australia. The slides of my talk are here: %CODE1% During the lecture I showed some of my favourit videos related to ICT/New Media and education. I’ll add them here too, with […]

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Education in Shanghai (and Finland): Open Tracks and Diversity

I was last week in Shanghai visiting universities, schools and educational authorities. Shanghai is an interesting places because of various reasons. The area is in a middle of a huge changes in many sectors: from economy to urbanization to education. In basic education it is already in the world class (PISA results). In the mainland […]

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Designing Learning Tools — Introduction to Some Methodological Thoughts

Tolstoy has suggested that: “The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people “. In this brief presentation I am aiming to demonstrate how I have tried to do it. How I have tried to serve other people. My study is about design. According to Nelson and Stolterman design is not about […]

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Doctoral Dissertation: Designing Learning Tools – Methodological Insights

I finally finished my doctoral dissertation. The dissertation was presented for public examination on December 7th at the Aalto University School of Art and Design. The book is available at the University Book shop. At some point there will be free PDF, too. In a couple of weeks I am also going to post chapters […]