Thursday, 24 April 2014

Active working time

Although I haven't written to DIP blog for a while, we have been working actively with our project during the last few months. The next "visible" event is the closing seminar on 8th May. The program of the day can bee seen here. The theme of the day is Individual Learning Paths - Student Experience and Participatory Pedagogy. We will hear about individual learning paths at different educational levels, as Mirkka Nieminen-Hirvelä will inform participants about vocational upper secondary level and from the viewpoint of a non-profit coaching organization and Hanna Ilola presents the theme from the viewpoint of universities (of applied sciences). The key note presentation will be given by Sarah Wilson-Medhurst with the theme Student experience. In the afternoon Sarah continues by leading a workshop on activity-led learning. These themes are certainly very topical at the moment in Finland and other European countries as well. At the same time, our School of Vocational Teacher Education is hosting an international week, and DIP seminar will have some international guests from different European countries. I'm hoping we will have some interesting discussions!

Photos: Maija Joensuu

The planned e-learning course, Participatry e-Learning, is now getting its shape and contents. Before our international week begins, we will have our own workshop for this courses planning and preparation with our partners from Budapest and our local network (Tampere University of Technology). Participatory e-Learning course is a pedagogical education module of 2 ECTS aimed for pre-service and in-service teaching faculty who are subject matter experts. Previous pedagogical studies are not required. The course is divided in two parts: 2The basis of participatory pedagogy and learning" and "Participatory e-learning in practice: cases and visions". The duration of the course is 29.9. - 21.11.2014 . This course is aimed for teachers and other faculty staff in Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) and Tampere University of Technology as well as for teacher students in TAMK School of Vocational Teacher Education. More information about the registgration etc will be published later. Participatory e-Learning is also a topical theme at this time and for example "gamefication" will be dealt during this course at least to some extent. Stay tuned for more information...!

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