Heli Ruokamo
Professor, Education, especially media education
Director, Centre for Media Pedagogy
Docent, Faculty of Education, University of Turku
Docent, Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, University of Helsinki

Dr. Sc. (Educ.)

Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, USA
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Stanford University
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Stanford, CA, 94305-4115


Current research interests

  • Pedagogical models for online learning and educational use of ICT’s
  • Playful, game-based, VR and simulation-based learning environments
  • Mobile and meaningful learning and work environments

Recent publications

Kangas, M. & Ruokamo, H. 2012. Playful Learning Environment: Effects on Children’s Learning. In N. M. Seel (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, Part 16, 2653–2655. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_756.

Vuojärvi, H., Eriksson, M. & Ruokamo, H. 2012. Designing Pedagogical Models for Tourism Education: Focus on Work-Based Mobile Learning. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 4(3), 53–67. Available online:  http://www.igi-global.com/article/designing-pedagogical-models-tourism-education/69815

Keskitalo, T. & Ruokamo, H. 2011.  Designing a pedagogical model for virtual reality and simulation-based learning environments of healthcare. In A. Lauriala, R. Rajala, H. Ruokamo & O. Ylitapio-Mäntylä (Eds.), Navigating in educational contexts: Identities and cultures in dialogue. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 259–270.

Kangas, M., Kultima, A. & Ruokamo, H. 2011. Children’s Creartive Collaboration – A View of Narrativity. In D. Faulkner & E. Coates (Eds.), Exploring Children’s Creative Narratives.  London: Routledge, 63–85.

Keskitalo, T., Pyykkö, E., & Ruokamo, H. 2011. Exploring the Meaningful Learning of Students in Second Life. Educational Technology and Society, 14(1), 16–26. Retrieved from http://www.ifets.info/journals/14_1/3.pdf

Ruokamo, H., Hakkarainen, P. & Eriksson, M. 2011. Designing a Model for Enhanced Teaching and Meaningful E-Learning. In A. D. Olofsson & J. O. Lindberg (Eds.) Informed Design of Educational Technologies in Higher Education: Enhanced Learning and Teaching (pp. 375–392). IGI Global.

Randolph, J. J., Kangas, M., & Ruokamo, H. 2010. Predictors of Dutch and Finnish children’s satisfaction with schooling. Journal of Happiness Studies, 11 (2), 193–204. doi:10.1007/s10902-008-9131-4

Eriksson, M. J., Vuojärvi, H. & Ruokamo, H. 2009.  Laptop computers and wireless university campus networks: Is flexibility and effectiveness improved? Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25(3), 322–335.  Available online: http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet25/eriksson.html

Hakkarainen, P., Saarelainen, T. & Ruokamo, H. 2009. Assessing Teaching and Students’ Meaningful Learning Processes in an E-Learning Course. In C. Spratt & P. Lajbcygier (Eds.) E-LearningTechnologies and Evidence-Based Assessment Approaches. IGI Global, 20–36.

Randolph, J. J., Kangas, M., & Ruokamo, H. 2009. The Preliminary Development of the Children’s Overall Satisfaction with Schooling Scale (COSSS). Child Indicators Research, 2 (1), 79–93. Available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-008-9027-1

Randolph, J., Kangas, M. & Ruokamo, H. 2008. Predictors of Dutch and Finnish Children’s Satisfaction with Schooling. Journal of Happiness Studies. Available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10902-008-9131-4

Koskimaa, R., Lehtonen, M., Heinonen, U., Ruokamo, H., Tella, S., Tissari, V. & Vahtivuori-Hänninen, S. 2007. A Cultural Approach to Networked-based Mobile Education In: Kumpulainen, K. & Renshaw, P. (Eds.): Cultures of Learning. International Journal of Educational Research, 46, 204–214.