LEVIKE-project

LEVIKE (Network-Based Higher Education – Case Lapland) is a European Social Fund (ESF) supported project. Its aim is to promote the study opportunities offered by higher education institutions in Lapland to local learners. The project partners include Kemi-Tornio Polytechnic, Rovaniemi Polytechnic, University of Lapland, and the Finnish Virtual Polytechnic. The project is a part of the implementation of the Provincial College of Lapland.

The project promotes new culture of distance learning and network-based education (NBE).  It develops educational services in the province of Lapland, and aims at providing an example of the development process in sparsely populated regions. The duration of the project is 3 years: from September 1, 2004 to May 31, 2007.

The project aims at promoting the study opportunities of the Lappish distance learners by:

  • creating a support service network for distance learners,
  • producing network-based study modules of the regional study programmes,
  • developing the distance teaching skills of teaching personnel, and
  • enhancing knowledge about distance education and network-based education (NBE) through research.

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Research

The University of Lapland’s Faculty of Education’s Centre for Media Pedagogy and Finnish Virtual Polytechnic are responsible for conducting the research. The objective of the research is to develop the teaching-studying-learning (TSL) methods used in distance education and network-based education (NBE).

The Centre for Media Pedagogy coordinates the following research:

1.Enhancing the quality of network-based education through the production of digital video clips
Researcher: Päivi Hakkarainen

The objective of the research was to enhance the quality of network-based education (NBE) through producing educational video clips with students as an action research case study process. The research focused on the following questions: How does the production of digital video clips with university students support their meaningful learning? How can the use of student-generated digital video clips support online students’ meaningful learning? The research comprised an action research case study and a design-based research, both realized at the University of Lapland . In both studies, students participated in the production of the digital video clips.

In the first study the video clips were produced in collaboration with Senior Assistant of Administrative Sciences Tarja Saarelainen, students of Administrative Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences, and technical support personnel. In the video clips the teacher and the students acted out various co-operation situations related to working life. The production process was realized as part of a Network Management course. During the project data processing, data analysis, and presentation of the results was performed. 

In the second study two Media Education students at the University of Lapland’s Faculty of Education produced digital video clips as part of their Educational Use of ICT studies. The production process was commissioned by the researcher, who will use the clips as learning material on the Supporting Meaningful Learning through Producing and Using Digital Videos course realized on the fall of 2006. The research therefore also investigated whether the “students as producers of DV learning material” model has practical applicability for the Media Education curriculum. For the videos the students interviewed educational program production experts at the YLE - Finnish Broadcasting Company. During the Levike research the research process was fully implemented, from planning to presenting the results.

2. Pedagogical models and mental tools in network-based teaching and studying
Researcher: Miika Lehtonen

The objective of the case study was to integrate simulation tools, modern network-based solutions that support learning, and traditional and modern digital learning materials into a coherent context for teaching-studying-learning activity in typical university-level study. The case study focused on the pedagogy (didactics) of technology education. The most important focus was to develop a pedagogical model entitled "Network oriented study with simulations (NOSS)".  This model supports teaching and learning in simulation-based studies of technology education particularly in the laboratory setting using a computer-based tool, termed the web-orientation agent (WOA). During the project data analysis and presentation of the results were performed.

3.Developing, implementing, and evaluating the models and methods used in network-based education
Researcher: Saila Vaara

The study concentrated on teachers’ pedagogical models and methods on network-based courses, and evaluated how the implementation of the models succeeds in practice. Research data was collected from Kemi-Tornio and Rovaniemi polytechnics. Data collection was based on triangulation, including theme interviews of teachers and a questionnaire delivered to students. In addition, participatory observation was used as a data collection method at Rovaniemi Polytechnic. Because the difference between the pedagogical models and methods has not been clearly defined, the idea was to clarify the difference and pull together models and methods. During the project the data processing, data analysis, and presentation of the results were performed. 

4.Developing the pedagogical model of Co-Creative Learning Processes
Researcher: Marjaana Kangas

The aim of this study is to develop the pedagogical model of Co-Creative Learning Processes (CCLP) as a part of teaching and learning processes. Creativity can be seen as a form of knowledge creation in which collaborative activity, information and communication technologies and network-based education (NBE) may offer unrestricted opportunities. The model integrates the recent views on creativity and its role in learning processes, as well as sociocultural views on teaching and learning. In addition, playfulness, imagination and narrativity have an important role in the pedagogical CCLP model. The main research questions are: How do pupils experience studying when the activities are based on teaching methods that support collaborative and creative processes? How do teachers experience the supervision of co-creative learning processes in teaching?

Research publications

Hakkarainen, P. (2006). Designing and implementing a PBL course on educational digital video production: Lessons learned from a design-based research. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Hakkarainen, P. (2006). Designing and producing digital videos as a problem-based learning cycle to support meaningful learning. In J. Multisilta & H. Haaparanta (Eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on Human Centered Technology HCT06 (pp.4-13). June 11-13, 2006, Pori, Finland. Tampere University of Technology, Pori. Publication 6.

Hakkarainen, P. (2006). Mielekkään oppimisen ja informaatiolukutaidon tukeminen PBL-avusteisella digitaalisten videoiden tuotannolla [Producing digital videos as a problem-based learning cycle to support meaningful learning and information literacy]. Presentation given at the Constructing Knowledge in Information Society - the sixth conference on problem-based learning in Finland, June 6-7, 2006, University of Tampere, Finland. (pdf)

Hakkarainen, P. & Saarelainen, T. (2005). Emootioiden yhteys oppimistuloksiin tapauslähtöisessä digitaalisilla videoilla tuetussa opiskelussa. Koulutuksen kulttuurit ja hyvinvoinnin politiikat. Abstraktit (p.199). Kasvatustieteen päivät 17.-18.11.2005, Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä: Suomen Kasvatustieteellinen Seura ry.

Hakkarainen, P. & Saarelainen, T. (2005). Towards meaningful learning through designing, producing and solving digital video-supported cases with students. In G.Richards (Ed.), Electronic versions (CD-ROM) of papers presented at E-Learn 2005 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp.2081-2088). October 24-28, 2005, Vancouver, Canada.

Hakkarainen, P. & Saarelainen, T. (2005). Towards meaningful learning through designing, producing and solving digital video-supported cases with students. In G.Richards (Ed.), Proceedings (Abstracts) of  E-Learn 2005 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (p.35). October 24-28, 2005, Vancouver, Canada.

Hakkarainen, P. & Saarelainen, T. (2005). Designing and producing digital video-supported cases with students - How to make it happen? In H.Ruokamo, P.Hyvönen, M.Lehtonen & S.Tella (Eds.), Teaching-Studying-Learning (TSL) Processes and Mobile Technologies - Multi-, Inter-, and Transdisciplinary (MIT) Research Approaches. Proceedings of the 12th International Network-Based Education (NBE) conference (Former PEG) 2005 (pp.183-191). September 14-17, Rovaniemi, Finland.

Hakkarainen, P., Saarelainen, T., & Ruokamo, H. (2007). Towards meaningful learning through digital video-supported case-based teaching. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) 23(1), 87-109.

Kangas, M., & Kultima, A. (Accepted). Co-creative learning processes in school settings - A case of the game concept of a "Different World". Paper to be presented at the EARLI, JURE 9th conference, June 30-July 4, 2006, Tartu, Estonia.

Kangas, M., Kultima, A., & Ruokamo, H. (2006). Co-creative learning processes (CCLP) - Children as game world creators to the outdoor playground contexts. In J. Multisilta & H. Haaparanta (Eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on Human Centered Technology HCT06 (pp.14-21). June 11-13, 2006, Pori, Finland. Tampere University of Technology, Pori. Publication 6.

Lehtonen, M. (2005). Verkko-orientoitu opiskelu simulaatioilla: Simulaatioita hyödyntävän mobiiliverkko-opetuksen mallia etsimässä ja tutkimassa. In J. Viteli, T. Järvinen & S. Kaupinmäki (Eds.), TUOVI 3: Interaktiivinen tekniikka koulutuksessa 2005 -konferenssin tutkijatapaamisen artikkelit (pp.25-34). Hypermedialaboratorion verkkojulkaisuja [Hypermedia Laboratory Net Series]. Tampere: Tampereen yliopisto, Hypermedialaboratorio. http://tampub.uta.fi/tup/951-44-6515-6.pdf

Lehtonen, M. (2005). Verkko-orientoitunutta opiskelua simulaatioilla: Opetusteknologia yhtenä työvälineenä teknologiakasvatuksessa. Koulutuksen kulttuurit ja hyvinvoinnin politiikat. Abstraktit (pp.166-167). Kasvatustieteen päivät 17.-18.11.2005, Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä: Suomen Kasvatustieteellinen Seura ry.

Lehtonen, M., Page, T., & Thorsteinsson, G. (2005). Emotionality considerations in virtual reality and simulation based learning. In Kinshuk, D. G. Sampson, P. Isafas, Associate Editors:, L. Rodrigues & P. Barbosa (Eds.), Proceedings of the IADIS international conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2005) (pp. 26-36). 14 - 16 December 2005, Porto, Portugal [Endorsed by: IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology and Japanese Society of Information and Systems in Education]: IADIS International addociation for development of the information society (IADIS Press).

Page, T., Lehtonen, M.,& Thorsteisson, G. (2006). The Web-Orientation Agent (WOA) for simulated learning in technology education. International Journal of Learning Technology (IJLT), Vol.2, No.1, 62-76.

Vaara, S-I. (2005). Verkkopedagogisia malleja etsimässä! -Opettajien ja opiskelijoiden kokemuksia pedagogisista malleista Kemi-Tornion ja Rovaniemen ammattikorkeakouluissa. Koulutuksen kulttuurit ja hyvinvoinnin politiikat. Abstraktit (p.208). Kasvatustieteen päivät 17.-18.11.2005, Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä: Suomen Kasvatustieteellinen Seura ry.

Vaara, S-I. (2005). Verkkopedagogisia malleja etsimässä -Opettajien ja opiskelijoiden kokemuksia pedagogisista malleista ja menetelmistä Kemi-Tornion ja Rovaniemen ammattikorkeakouluissa. Aikuiskasvatustieteen pro gradu -tutkielma (julkaisematon). Rovaniemi: Lapin yliopisto, Kasvatustieteiden tiedekunta.

Vaara, S-I. (2005). Näkökulmia verkkopedagogisiin malleihin ja menetelmiin. In A.-L.Huttunen &  A.M.Kokkonen (Eds.), Koulutuksen kulttuurit ja hyvinvoinnin politiikat. Kasvatustieteen päivien 2005 verkkojulkaisu (pp.347-362). Jyväskylä: Suomen kasvatustieteellinen seura. http://ebooks.jyu.fi/isbn9513923843.pdf

Project’s contact persons at the University of Lapland:

Professor Heli Ruokamo
Tel + 358 (0)16 341 2410
GSM + 358 (0)40 587 9090

Tuulikki Keskitalo,Project Manager
Firstname.Surname(at)ulapland.fi
Tel +358 (0)16 341 2496