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Online conferences sucks

It’s been now a year and a half of online conferences. In the beginning they were exciting. Great — less traveling! I have participated several that have bee very well organised. For instance, I was closely following how the Participatory Design conference (PDC 2010) was organised. The PDC’s Handbook for Meaningful and Engaged Conversations is […]

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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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Augmenting human intelligence with artificial intelligence. Part 1: Metamedia

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 is called metamedia and attempts to explain the essence of technology that affects human intelligence. Part 1: Metamedia (or New Media, or programmable media) You […]

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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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One hundred women to Wikipedia

It is well documented and known that there is a gender bias on Wikipedia. In the Finnish Wikipedia only 19 % of the biography articles are about women. So, what can we do to get more women to the Finnish Wikipedia? How could we get more women to write Wikipedia articles? How could we get […]

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MOOC for teachers: why to bring coding to school?

This autumn our research group was involved in the design and implementation of a MOOC for Finnish teachers. The Code Alphabet MOOC was designed to help teachers bring coding to their classes, as proposed by the national curriculum framework for primary education in Finland from 2016 onwards. The national curriculum states, for example, that a […]

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Computers are the instruments of collaborative learning and knowledge work

Imagine a jazz band. A guitarist, a saxophonist, a pianist, a bass player and a drummer. The band is lead by the guitar player. He is the one that is, not only composing the first ideas, but also organizing most of the practicalities with the agent of the band. There are rehearsals, gigs, transportation, catering […]

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The future of computers in education

Ten years ago I wrote a blog post with the title (Critical) history of ICT in education – and where we are heading? I feel that the post is still pretty accurate interpretation of the history, but there are some issues I see today differently. In 2005 I was optimistic. Social media and free and […]

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Why free/libre/open source in learning is important?

I just realized that maybe I should explain the connection between the three points presented in my last post and the overall theme of this blog — Free, Libre and Open Source Software in Education. To improve learning in the era of Internet we should follow these rules: (1.) Do not select one of the […]

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(E-)learning strategy for the future

I have come-up(* with a simple strategy statement — three points — for the future of learning. It works in all levels of education, from kindergartens to workplace learning. (1) Do not select one of the good ways of teaching and learning. Do all of them. (2) Do it all online. (3) Get rid of […]