Learning to design – Designing to learn (LDDL)
Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, Research, Teacher Education
The “Learning to design – Designing to learn” (LDDL) project is a research collaboration between the University of Helsinki and the University of Johannesburg and aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education as well as to promote continuous learning opportunities for all. We will conduct research on pupils learning in post 4IR era through the design of digital artifacts, such as Lego-robots, videoclips, and reports in the context of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning. The proposed project will support researchers and teachers in research-practice partnership (RPP) design STEM project-based learning (PBL) modules, which engage primary pupils in designing digital artifacts in order to research pupils’ design processes and their learning of transversal and sustainability competences, especially creative, critical and computational thinking skills in low-income areas of South Africa and in Finland. RPP will support researchers and teachers learning and the adoption of the designed innovative teaching modules. This project received funding under the Spring 2022 GINTL Project Funding from the University of Helsinki.
Promoting Indo-Finnish collaboration in teaching & learning – A webinar series for academia & practitioners
The purpose of the events is to facilitate and support collaboration among Indian and Finnish researchers and practitioners in the field of education & education science.
Co-designing relevant and responsive teacher education
Education in Indigenous Contexts, Intervention, Mobility, Research, School Based Studies & Supervision, Shared Teaching, Teacher Education
To strengthen teacher education (early childhood and primary education) through joint research focused on school-based studies and supervision as well as education in diverse contexts. To enhance capacity of teacher educators through joint development of online/blended courses and co-supervision of postgraduate students.
MOOC and three additional online seminars
MOOC, Teacher Education
Piloting a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Inclusive Learning Environments (2 ECTS) as well as three additional two-hour online seminars to test the possibility of implementing both formats for Chinese students.
Continuation of collaboration with teacher education in Somalia
Stakeholder Seminar, Teacher Education
This project was created to further the development of teacher education programmes at Somali National University (SNU) and to look for ways to widen cooperation among new actors to also include other teacher education units in Somalia. Collaboration with other actors such as the Somali diaspora was initiated during this project. Two events, an online stakeholder webinar and a face-to-face collaborative meeting for Somali-Finnish cooperation, were organised. A needs analysis was carried out at the SNU. The search for further funding opportunities, new resources and flexible ways of networking continues.
Education for emergencies (E4E) guest lectures
Developing Learning Materials, Shared Teaching, Teacher Education
The University of Jyväskylä and Åbo Akademi are jointly gathering different partners to conduct guest lectures on the Education for Emergencies (E4E) themes ‘climate crisis pedagogy’, ‘conflicts and war times pedagogy’, ‘antiracism education’. Additionally, the partners are producing learning materials from the respecitve guest lectures.
Early childhood education in Finland webinars
Early Childhood Education, Online Exchange, Teacher Education
Five Finnish early childhood webinars have been organised March-May, 2022 between universities in Finland and China The participating The webinars have been sharing the best research, practices, and concrete pedagogical methods of early childhood education in Finland and discussed them with Chinese partners. These webinars are furthermore strengthening the collaboration between Finnish and Chinese universities in co-creating research-based solutions for global challenges in early childhood education and cultivating joint research projects as well as modules for teacher education programs both in China and Finland. Finnish universities were the University of Helsinki, University of Turku, University of Jyväskylä, Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), and Omnia. The participating Chinese universities were Beijing Normal University, South-West University, and Central China Normal University.
Educational Research: Developing Digital Learning in Namibia and Fieldwork in Science Education
Curriculum Studies, Digital Learning, Environmental & Sustainability Education, Teacher Education
The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and the University of Namibia (UNAM) partnership in education have started ongoing research projects on developing digital learning in Namibia and fieldwork in science education. In our collaboration (UEF and UNAM), we have a plan to start teacher education projects to support sustainability action in both universities. The core topics include Leadership, Environmental and Sustainability Education and Curriculum Studies.
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