Currently, I am working in these research and development projects
Developing learning environments for forest bioeconomy education.
The project is funded by the Finnish Ministry of Culture and Education.
AI in Learning (2020-2021)
Developing simulation- and game-based learning through artificial intelligence.
The project is funded by Business Finland.
Developing the pedagogical practices and learning environments of practical training in health care education in higher education sector.
The project is funded by European Social Fund.
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- CRICS (2016-2018) Business Finland, Airbus Defence & Space Ltd., TetraSim Ltd., Mentura Ltd., Lapland Hospital District, Rovaniemi Municipality
- LOVO (2016-2018) European Social Fund
- MediPro (2012-2014) Business Finland
- TravEd (2010-2013) Business Finland, European Regional Fund
- MobIT (2007-2009) Finnish Ministry of Education
I have been teaching at the university since 2003. Over the years, there have been periods of intense teaching and tutoring and some years I have been responsible only on one course, but nevertheless, I have always been passionate about teaching my courses and developing them through research; reflecting the work I have done in several research projects. I think that has been the most motivating thing for me: being able to do research on the contents and themes I teach and teach the same themes and topics that are relevant in my research projects.
Even though the research projects that I have worked on and the courses that I have taught in have all been focused on the pedagogical use of digital technologies or on media in peoples lives, my focus has been on the people using media, devices or applications, not so much on the gadgets themselves. I see students as active agents of their own learning processes and I am always looking for ways to personalize learning paths for my students.
My main teaching responsibilities at the moment are focused on teacher education, more precisely on teachers' pedagogical studies. I am responsible of the curriculum and of teaching and developing the contents and methods. After graduating, my students will work on secondary and higher education levels. Here as well, my research plays a big role in developing the curriculum of teachers' pedagogical studies.