TravEd – Research and Development of Travelling Services Through Mobile Education

TravEd is a transdisciplinary and international research project where the main objective is to develop a pedagogical model, exploiting mobile technologies and electronic learning environments, applied especially to develop travelling education and educational services in tourist centres. The pedagogical model will be tested and piloted in two tourist centres – Pyhä and Salla – in East Lapland. Along with the development of the pedagogical model the project also aims to improve the possibilities for remote working in tourist centres.

In addition, TravEd aims to promote northern Finland’s and especially East Lapland’s status in national and international travelling markets by giving local entrepreneurs knowledge of new mobile service concepts and by providing an opportunity to test these concepts with students and travellers. This also makes possible the further development of the tested mobile services and service concepts. The project promotes internationalization in the University of Lapland by including researcher exchange for 24 months with Stanford University.  It is also a part of CICERO Learning network (www.cicero.fi). 

TravEd –research project is coordinated by the Centre for Media Pedagogy at the University of Lapland. CMP collaborates with Lapland Institute for Tourism Research (MTI) formed by the Faculty of Tourism and Business of the University of Lapland, the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management in Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences and the Department Service Training in Lapland Vocational College, Advanced Multimedia Center (AMC) in Tampere University of Technology, Center for Learning and Knowledge Technologies (CeLeKT) at Linnaeus University, Sweden and The Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning (SCIL) at Stanford University, California, USA. The project is funded by Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), City of Kemijärvi and the municipalities of Pelkosenniemi and Salla, and Vocational College of Eastern Lapland,. Also the following companies are funding the project: Pyhätutunturi Ltd, Keskusvaraamo Pyhä Booking Ltd, Hotelli Pyhätunturi Ltd, Sallatunturin tuvat, Kaunisharju Ltd, Sallan tunturipalvelut Ltd and Arcticare Technologies Ltd. The project has also collaboration with Ajatus Ltd. The total budget of the TrevEd project is € 674 752.

You can read about the work done in TravEd research project on TravEd info blog.

Contact Information:

Director, Professor
Heli Ruokamo
Gsm. +358 40 587 90 90

Project Manager, Researcher 
Hanna Vuojärvi
Gsm. +358 40 484 4139

Post-doctoral researcher
Miikka Eriksson
Gsm. +358 40 570 4303

Firstname.Lastname(at)ulapland.fi

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