Multidisciplinary research project on learning receives million euro funding from Tekes
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
CICERO Learning Network, University of Helsinki and Tampere University of Technology in Pori have received generous funding from the Learning Solutions programme of Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) to set up the Finnable project. In addition to researchers, this value network project includes several companies, schools and representatives of the public sector. The project also includes extensive international cooperation, especially with Stanford University and schools in Silicon Valley. Professor Hannele Niemi (University of Helsinki) is the Scientific Leader of the project. Finnable is coordinated by CICERO Learning Network with Director Jari Multisilta as a Principal Investigator in many of the sub-projects.
Finnable is creating a new ecosystem in learning which enables people to learn regardless of time and place. The main aim of the project is to create and develop technologically enabled practices which bring added value to learning and teaching and social practices that connect learners to global collaboration promoting life-long learning. The project also aims to create new forums for sharing knowledge and experiences promoting 21st century skills with an emphasis on creativity and problem solving. Finnable has four work packages: Boundless Classroom, Teacher's Toolkit, ExerGames in Learning, and Emergent Learning Technologies and Communities. All work packages have the same aim: to provide new pedagogical models on how to break barriers between formal and non-formal learning settings using new technological tools (e.g. mobile learning tools, Web2.0, games and new media applications). The work packages use a variety of test beds in schools in different continents, higher education, companies, and citizens' open media forums. Emergent Learning Technologies and Communities work package fosters international research cooperation with Stanford University.
The main outcome is a new prototype of Global Sharing Pedagogy and its applications globally and locally. This model provides conceptual and practical tools that have been developed jointly with researchers, practitioners, private companies and the public sector. "Finnable is a significant step forward in the development of future skills and boundless learning environments" says Professor Hannele Niemi, the Scientific Leader of the project consortium.
CICERO Learning is also a partner in the Systemic Learning Solutions (SysTech) project, which is coordinated by University of Jyväskylä and funded by the Tekes Learning Solutions programme
For more information:
Scientific Leader Hannele Niemi Professor of Education Institute of Behavioural Sciences University of Helsinki +358 40 5558975 hannele.niemi(at)helsinki.fi Jari Multisilta Professor of Multimedia Director CICERO Learning University of Helsinki +358 50 5688 593 jari.multisilta(at)helsinki.fi www.cicero.fi