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 […]

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 […]

How (online) learning could be knowledge building?

In the technology-enhanced learning field the year 2012 has been the year of MOOCs (massive open online courses). I definitely support the idea of opening possibilities for self-driven and self-motivated students to study and learn online. The high-profile projects and endeavors in the MOOCs-business are also looking for smart ways to initiate peer-to-peer activities, such […]

Towards Peer-production in Public Services: cases from Finland

I wrote an article to a book about peer-production in public services. The title of my article is Towards p2p learning: what media and whose peer?. In the introduction the editor describe the article as follows: “Meanwhile, Teemu Leinonen, in his article, inquires on the qualities of different media when it comes to providing peer-to-peer […]

Is there anything between self-directed learning in MOOCs and universities’ curriculum driven instruction?

Our North American colleagues (one, two, three, four) are having somehow heated discussion on “massive open online courses” (MOOC). The idea of MOOCs is simple — from Wikipedia: “More like an online event, MOOCs invite open online participation around a schedule or agenda, facilitated by people with reputation or expertise in the topics, relying on […]

Open content in education: less is more

My colleagues, Tarmo Toikkanen and Ville Oksanen just published a book in Finnish with the title Teachers’ Copyright Guide. (Opettajan tekijänoikeusopas). The guidebook, quite naturally focuses on digital content and its distribution. The book provides practical answers to such questions as: What copyrighted content you can use in education and how? What kind of rights […]