Although “personalized learning” has been a buzz term in the education field, there are not many concrete examples of holistic edtech approaches to the change in teachers’ work that actually supports personalized learning for their students.
A team of Finnish researchers, in collaboration with Eduix, have addressed this problem within the core task of university’s students: thesis writing and project management. For that, they developed Wihi to support the supervision and management of thesis work, considering the needs of the three players involved in such academic projects : the students, their supervisors, and the faculty coordinators – who need to monitor the progress of such work.
“On one hand, Wihi is a tool for teachers to supervise thesis processes, but on the other hand, it is a tool helping the thesis-writing students to organize their work in individual level.”
The annual IT days of Finnish HEIs was held this year in Lahti on the joint campus of LAB University of Applied Sciences and LUT University. The days offered a wide range of presentations on current IT topics with the theme “IT with a purpose”, bringing together around 500 IT professionals from higher education institutions, from management to support staff from all the corners of Finland. During the first day of the event, I gave a presentation about how Finland can use learning technologies to support building education ecosystems. Below you find a summary of what we discussed there!
In March 2021, Glowdom, in partnership with Eduix and the Namibian Business Innovation Institute (NBII) launched a digital platform for regional strategic partnership called Edupreneurs. The Edupreneurs project was funded by the Southern African Innovation Support Programme 2.
This blog post works as an information center and gathers materials about the Edupreneurs project with the purpose of disseminating our lessons learned.
The objective of the panel discussion was to share experiences and working practices around EdTech issues, share ways how African countries are supporting ICT-oriented education and explore possibilities in regional cooperation. Below you find my contribution to the panel session based on the Recommendation Paper written in collaboration with Dr. Altti Lagstedt during the Edupreneurs project.
Dr. Altti Lagstedt, principal lecturer at the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, wrote his impressions about the trip at the university blog:
What is remarkable for all these meetings and sessions was the clearly positive attitude towards education digitalization. The information gathered from focus group sessions and interviews show, that there clearly is a readiness for education digital transformation.
Dr. Altti Lagstedt
Such visits and pilots are part of the research project Eduditra, funded by Eduix.
Find out more about his conclusions on the trip in his blog post here.
Continuously producing high quality research is a core activity of research centers, such as universities. However, managing such academic projects at the institutional level is still quite a challening task for everyone involved: students, supervisors and faculty coordinators.
I was lucky in getting the right supervisor for my research
Finding and building a good relationship with the right research supervisor cannot be taken for granted in universities. Since I started my postgraduate studies in Finland, I’ve been constantly confronted with my colleagues’ quest on finding the right supervisor for their studies and research work. When I was accepted to do my Master Degree at the University of Eastern Finland, I wasn’t assigned any supervisor at that moment and I wasn’t assigned with the task of finding one for my Master thesis either. Just a few months after the Master Degree Program started, I was told who would be my supervisor and that was it. Back then, I didn’t question this decision for any moment because the supervisor I was assigned fit very well my research goals and expectations. Also, our previous class experiences gave us a good taste that we would work together as a student-supervisor very well. Since then I’ve had the same supervisor for my PhD studies as well. Later I realized that I was lucky.
The current disengagement of science education at school
Students have been constantly reporting cognitive and affective disengagement with science learning (Cowie et al., 2011; Murray et al., 2004) due, among other factors, to a disconnection between school learning activities and young people lived experience.
At the same time, there is an increasing demand for science related professionals in Europe (CEDEFOP, 2016). Such unbalance between industry demand and school supply of youths pursuing scientific careers calls for innovative ways to re-engage students in science learning.
The Open Science Schooling Approach
To tackle the above mentioned issue, a consortium of educators, researchers, and students around Europe have deployed from January 2020 until March 2022 a transnational school project in Greece, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania. The project was built upon previous experiences developed through the Open Science Schooling (OSS) approach, in which …
students are active agents at the heart of inquiry-oriented science learning. In the OSS project, students identify and frame the research problems that they are intrigued and interested in tackling, and they lead the discovery of solutions and innovations, helping situate science in every-day life.
Social responsibility encompasses all the company’s and employees’ activities towards people. From the closest co-worker to the farthest partner.
The foregoing description is the author’s own definition, Eduix’s manager of corporate responsibility. In order for it to “really work” in practice, it requires that a responsible mindset be built into the company’s operating culture.
Corporate responsibility is the responsibility for a company’s social, economic and environmental impact. As a service company, Eduix’s corporate responsibility focuses on the social impact on people. The impact on people is reflected in the lifelong learning solutions that Eduix provides to its customers and users.
The core values of Eduix’s operations are responsibility, transparency and sustainability.
I feel privileged – responsibility is a strategic choice for Eduix, which is reflected in the goal setting and the strong support of the management. When I started as a Sustainability Development Manager six months ago, I found that Eduix’s operations were already exemplary in principle. The adverse effects of our own operations were minimized, and the responsibility for purchased energy and purchased products and services, as well as travel, was taken into account.
In the future, Eduix goal is to integrate responsibility as an integral part of its service processes, from user-oriented design, software production and customer service. Responsibility is not treated as a separate issue by different experts, but as an integral part of the activity.
I see the promotion of sustainable and resource-wise software production as the most challenging and in this software development field…