E-learning for Dogs

This week at the Helsinki airport two coronavirus sniffer dogs started to work. More dogs are trained to detect Covid. The dogs are trained to detect the virus by sniffing samples taken by swiping skin with a wipe. The test wipe is then dropped into a cup, a dog will sniff the sample and signal […]

Forest as a learning environment: children and a trail camera

We just published a research article in the journal Educational Media International:  Vartiainen, H., Leinonen, T. & Nissinen, S. (2019) Connected learning with media tools in kindergarten: an illustrative case. Educational Media International, DOI: 10.1080/09523987.2019.1669877 The article reports a study of  an illustrative case of using digital media tools — iPads, a trail camera & PCs […]

Wikipedia: more languages?

Wikipedia is available in 303 languages. It is estimated that there are between 5000 and 7000 human languages in the world. Out of these close to 4000 have a writing system. Today in the Wikimedia movement, we cover less than 8% of the languages that could have a Wikipedia. To be honest, I think, we […]

Art and design education in the future?

OECD Education Director Andreas Schleicher recently claimed that because of the tech revolution, in a near future arts may become more important school subject than maths. I agree with Mr Schleicher on the principle, but also see a lot of challenges in the way we teach arts and design — and mathematics, too. Maybe a […]

The last 20 years of mobile learning and the grand challenge in global learning 

The concept of “mobile learning” (m-learning) started to appear in research literature in the early 2000’s. The first mLearn conference was organized in 2002. I have done mobile learning related research for 20 years. In 1998, we released the Future Learning Environment (FLE) that was already designed to be usable with mobile devices that feature […]

Slow academia: in a search of quality

“It is only through enforced standardization of methods, enforced adoption of the best implements and working conditions, and enforced cooperation that this faster work can be assured. And the duty of enforcing the adoption of standards and enforcing this cooperation rests with management alone.” F.W. Taylor (1911). The Principles of Scientific Management Our time is […]

Anonymity and privacy in online learning

Related to the latest discussion on US-NSA’s PRISM program and Facebook’s privacy policies I have been thinking should there always be a possibility to stay anonymous in online learning. There are some research papers on the topic. For instance Blake (2000) argues that in an online course where students are not asked to give indications […]