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Wikimedia: accessible (new) media for (almost) all

Two weeks ago at the Aalto University, we were having a symposium focusing on accessibility of media. In there I gave a talk about Wikipedia / Wikimedia. %CODE1% If we think the Wikimedia services from the accessibility point of view, there are some issues that make it pretty unique. Often one must go all the […]

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European perspectives on design for learning in the 21 century

In mid July, I gave a workshop and a keynote at the National conference of the Australasian Association of Distance Education Schools in Tasmania, Australia. The slides of my talk are here: %CODE1% During the lecture I showed some of my favourit videos related to ICT/New Media and education. I’ll add them here too, with […]

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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 […]

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Doctoral Dissertation: Designing Learning Tools – Methodological Insights

I finally finished my doctoral dissertation. The dissertation was presented for public examination on December 7th at the Aalto University School of Art and Design. The book is available at the University Book shop. At some point there will be free PDF, too. In a couple of weeks I am also going to post chapters […]

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EduFeedr beta released

EduFeedr is a feed reader for online courses where each participant is using his/her personal blog to publish thoughts on course readings, answers to assignments and other course related posts. We have just release a beta version of the EduFeedr software. It runs in here: http://www.edufeedr.net/ . . . and you may downloaded it from […]

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Wikipedia article traffic statistics are hypnotics

I am trying to get offline, to the vacation mood, to read some good books in a hammock. I took some notes in the WikiSym / Wikimania. I take notes in rather unstructured way. I carry several paper notebooks with me: often an A5 size and a small A6 sketchbooks. Then I always have with […]

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Imagine courses that take place in wikis, blogs, social networks…

I am this week in the WikiSym / Wikimania double conference. Its’ another great opportunity to spend some time with the world’s brightest wiki-minds: academics, developers, community members and bureaucrats. I am going to give a short talk on Friday in the Wikiversity session. I am going to present the EduFeedr, a small and beautiful […]

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How to do the learning revolution?

Not long time ago I wrote a post about a real learning revolution. I decided to elaborated it now a bit in light of Sir Ken Robinson’s latest TED talk Bring on the learning revolution!, even though, I actually agree with what Stephen Downes already said about the talk. Anyway. Here is my advice for […]

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Wikimedia – the public media of the Internet-era?

I just met with the BBC journalist, Tim Sebastian. He was visiting us to see the results from our study project exploring new media concepts for World Health Organization (thank you M4ID’s Mari for organizing this). The main issue discussed related to humanitarian emergency communication. How we could communicate fast and efficiently with the people […]

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Wikiversity – time to vote

The Wikimedia community (e.g. Wikipedia, Mediawiki software and many more) is voting on Wikiversity idea. Wikiversity is a project “to build an electronic institution of learning that is relying on the wiki model”. The voting is made for making a decision on if the community should launch the project or not. I have rather contradictory […]