KasVi, The National Virtual University Project of the Faculties of Education

The Faculty of Education participated in the national Virtual University Project of the Faculties of Education 2001-2006. KasVi project was co-ordinated by The University of Turku.

The study entity of The Educational Use of ICTs (25 ects) was carried out in cooperation with the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences in the University of Helsinki as well as with the Faculties of Education in the universities of Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Lapland, Oulu, Tampere and Turku and Åbo Academy at the University of Vaasa. The project was funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education.

Project’s contact person at the University of Lapland

Professor Heli Ruokamo (Member of the Executive Group)
Tel: (016) 341 2410, gsm: +358 (0)40 587 9090
E-mail: Heli.Ruokamo[at]ulapland.fi

Contents and objectives

  1. Development of curriculums for teacher education to secure the future teachers’ readiness for teaching in dynamic technological environments.
  2. Development of new kinds of distance and multiform learning and teaching educational arrangements for teachers’ pedagogical studies.
  3. Supplementary education for teacher trainers.
  4. Qualitative development of national and international course supplies of the educational use of ICTs (educational technology, training technology, media education, network-based education).
  5. Development of pedagogics for network-based education environments and transmission of innovations.
  6. Strengthen the effectiveness for post-graduate education related to the educational use of ICTs.

Areas of operation at the University of Lapland

1. Development of curriculums for teacher education through network cooperation

The Faculty of Education at the University of Lapland has participated jointly with other faculties of education of Finnish universities in the study entity of the educational use of information and communication technologies (25 ects), that was started in autumn 2002. The students become acquainted with the theoretical principles and concepts of the field as well as the possibilities of pedagogical use of information and communication technologies. In addition, the goal is to familiarise the students with the social significance of ICTs. Primarily, the study entity is intended for the Faculty of Education students and is carried out in cooperation with the Faculties of Education in the universities of Helsinki, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Lapland, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Åbo Academy at the University of Vaasa.

2. Development of distance and multiform learning and teaching arrangements for teachers’ pedagogical studies

The teacher’s pedagogical studies at the University of Lapland is a study entity oriented towards the teachers’ tasks of vocational and adult education. The teacher’s pedagogical studies consist of classroom study as well as periods of independent study. In the teachers’ pedagogical studies, the tutoring of students in the use of the network is continuing with the planning of virtual modules. The University of Lapland has also participated in national teachers’ virtual pedagogical studies (2002–2003) by being responsible for the course Different Learner in the School Context.

3. Arrangement of supplementary education for teacher trainers

The Faculty of Education participates in the arrangement of supplementary education for teacher trainers in co-operation with, for example, Ope.fi and TieVie training. The training provides readiness to utilize new educational environments, renew pedagogical practice, and update media proficiency in the pedagogical use of ICTs.

4. National and international development of the educational use of ICTs programmes

The curriculum for media education in the Faculty of Education has been expanded so that, beside the previous secondary subject alternative, students can study media education as a main subject of their studies of education. The Finnish Ministry of Education.accepted 14.7.2005 the main subject status for media education at the University of Lapland. The Centre for Media Pedagogy is also planning and developing an international project which aims are developing and carrying out curriculum for network-based media education (NBME) and upgrading of knowledge skills in network-based education and educational use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

5. Development of pedagogics for network-based education environments

The studies of media education have been developed to more effectively exploit new studying methods as well as the pedagogical use of ICTs. The media education curriculum (2005-2006) contains the study entity of the educational use of information and communication technologies (ICT 25 ects, KasVi project). One objective is that students will also be able to integrate their studies with network-based environments and the educational use of ICTs with their subject didactics exercises (see the LAARI virtual school project).

6. Strengthening the scientific research activities related to the educational use of ICTs

Related to the development of the national ICT-curriculums, the University of Helsinki and University of Lapland realized the Educational Use of ICT Programmes Evaluation Study Project (2001–2003). It was a part of the National Virtual University project (KasVi). The overall objective of HelLa was to do research on the training programmes of information and communication technologies as part of the KasVi project’s activities. The main aim was to help enhance the quality of the planning and assessment of network-based education.

Students and post-graduate students can prepare their different dissertations and theses related to media education and network-based media education areas. The Faculty of Education also participates in national multidisciplinary researcher education for learning environments (2002-2005) as well as the Academy of Finland’s Life as Learning research programme through the MOMENTS consortium project (2003-2006), ( http://legenda.pori.tut.fi/moments/) and have coordinated the Barents Specialists PD programme and researcher training (2002-2004) (http://www.barentsspecialists.net/).