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 […]

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 […]

The Principles of a Free and Open Source School

Photo by Lienhard Schulz / WIkimedia Commons. Read about the Rütli School in Berlin. A couple of days ago Esko Kilpi wrote about emergence and self-organization with references to the Wired’s article The GitHub Generation: We’re All in Open Source Now and Sugata Mitra’s latest TED talk Build a School in the Cloud. I started […]

Prototypes: ReFlex, Square One, Cardboard Hospital

One of the reasons why I enjoy working in the learning environments research group — and in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture — is the possibility to design and build prototypes. In our academic practice we aim, no only to study and do research on learning environments and learning tools but also to […]

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 […]

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 […]