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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Qualified Self and Learning Analytics: from Quantification to Qualification

I think the learning analytic research should move from the current practice of doing quantitative data analyses to include in it qualitative analyses. The quantified self should be expanded to be qualified self. In learning analytics research we should consider use of mixed methods that are combining quantitative and qualitative data analyses. Today the learning […]