seOppi Finnish Elearning

After an excruciatingly (for me) long hiatus from this blog, I am back with a recent small piece of writing that Pekka Ihanainen and I did on the nature of open space in learning. It is called from “From open to learning space: steps towards an open pedagogy” and it is just a few pages, but it represents the first of what will hopefully be several published pieces on the subject.

We are making a distinction here between open learning as it is currently defined and the transformation and use of open space for learning. We discuss our favorite method for enacting that learning in open space-mobile assisted field activity-and outline methods for teachers to get started. We believe, strongly, that appropriate pedagogy is needed to systematically approach learning in open space, a necessary step, we believe, in the creation of independent lifelong learners. Just a few pages, but as I said, a precursor to a fairly large amount of published work that will be coming out soon (relatively) from us: a book chapter, two articles, etc., all of which is approaching this topic from as many angles as possible.

The publication is SeOppi from the good people of the Association of the Finnish eLearning Centre. Truth be told, anytime I am mentioned in reference to Finland and elearning I am assured to believe that I might just very well be pointing in the right direction. If you prefer to download the issue, try this link.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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