GloVEd - Global Virtual Education

Business today is increasingly international. To decrease the costs and time consumption of travelling, new technologies and methods for virtual interaction and telepresence have been developed and taken into use. These tools along with the general development have altered the skill sets required of students graduating and moving to the world of commerce. To answer these challenges in education, a global virtual course is developed.

University of Lapland , Faculty of Education, Centre for Media Pedagogy (Rovaniemi , Finland ) will be assisting with the pedagogical aspect of the course together with Helsinki University of Technology (Espoo , Finland ), University of Columbia (New York , USA ) and Indian Institute of Technology in Madras (Chennai , India ). The course implementation will happen between Helsinki University of Technology, University of Columbia and Indian Institute of Technology in Madras . The GloVEd project is co-ordinated by Helsinki University of technology and funded by the Centennial Foundation of the Finnish Technology Industries. GloVed is also a part of the research activities of CICERO Learning Network, Finland, www.cicero.fi. The project is scheduled to run years 2008 and 2009.

Additional information:

Responsibility director, University of Lapland , Professor Heli Ruokamo
heli.ruokamo(at)ulapland.fi

Researcher, Tuulikki Keskitalo
tuulikki.keskitalo(at)ulapland.fi

Co-ordinator of the project Helsinki University of Technology:
Responsibility director, Professor Riitta Smeds
riitta.smeds(at)tkk.fi

Project Manager, Elli Pyykkö
elli.pyykko(at)tkk.fi

Conferences and Events 2008

25-26.5.2009
IFIP SIG Workshop, Zurich, Sveitsi
Keskitalo, T., & Pyykkö, E.: Enhancing Global Virtual Project Collaboration Skills through Meaningful Learning in Second Life.

27.-28.11.2008
Finnish Educational Research Association (FERA) annual conference, University of Turku
Keskitalo, T., Ruokamo, H., Pyykkö, E., Smeds, R., & Pöyry-Lassila, P.: Osaamisen kehittäminen kansainvälisissä liiketoimintaverkostoissa Second Life -ympäristössä.

30.6.-4.7.2008
ED-MEDIA conference in Vienna  , Austria
Keskitalo, T.
Towards Expertise – Pedagogical Approaches and Educational Tools in a Virtual Learning Environment for Health and Welfare.

Publications

Keskitalo, T. & Pyykkö, E. (2009). Enhancing Global Virtual Project Collaboration Skills through Meaningful Learning in Second Life. In P. Schönsleben, M. Vodicka, R. Smeds, & J. O. Riis (Eds.), Learning in Value Added Networks. Proceedings of the 13th IFIP 5.7 Special Interest Group Workshop on Experimental Interactive Learning in Industrial Management, (pp. 67–76). Zürich: Druckpartner Rübelmann; Hemsbach (D).

Keskitalo, T., & Pyykkö, E. (2009). Aiding Students towards a Meaningful Learning in a Virtual Global Collaboration Project Course in Second Life. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Keskitalo, T. (2008). Towards Expertise – Pedagogical Approaches and Educational Tools in a Virtual Learning Environment for Health and Welfare. Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. June 30–July 5, 2008.Vienna , Austria (pp. 3799–3808). CD-ROM. Electronic version of papers presented at ED-Media 2008 conference.

Keskitalo, T., Ruokamo, H., Pyykkö, E., Smeds, R., & Pöyry-Lassila, P. (2008).  Osaamisen kehittäminen kansainvälisissä liiketoimintaverkostoissa Second Life -ympäristössä. Koulutus politiikan käytännöt kansallisessa ja ylikansallisessa kehyksessä. Abstraktit (p. 125–126). Kasvatustieteen päivät 27–28.11.2008, Turku.