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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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(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 […]

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Learning Methods, Tools and Spaces in a Digital Society

I wrote a small piece to the forthcoming Media Lab Helsinki 20 years anniversary book. I’ll post here a draft, unedited version that has not yet go though any language checking etc. The book will be published in September 2014. 1. Introduction Designing learning environments — methods, tools and spaces for good learning — have […]

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Mobile learning prototype: create, annotate and share

With my research group we have released a new prototype that aims to help people to learn from each other — as part of their work, in situ, in same time and space where work takes place. The specific target group is construction industry, the people working in the construction fields. The tool is called […]

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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 […]

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MOOCs and the need to redesign the Finnish Open University

In Finland we have a great tradition of Open University. Almost all the Finnish universities provide Open University courses. The principal idea behind the Open University is to promote educational and regional equality. Every year close to 100 000 people take part in the Open University courses in Finland. In a country of 5 million+, […]

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Backchannels and Live participation tools (Call for workshop participation)

Matti Nelimarkka writes about backchannels and live participation tools: “Backhannels and live participation tools are used e.g. in education, conferences and TV shows to increase the interactivity and participation of learners, participants and viewers. Research-wise the domain is scattered across different fields, such as HCI, CSCW and education. This workshop aims to draw together researchers, […]

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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 […]