Terje's musings on educational research

…will take place in Estonia from Monday, June 20th to Friday, June 24th, 2016. We are going to gather in Roosta Holiday Village, located 98 km from Tallinn to East right next to a nice sandy beach of the Baltic Sea.
There is still a chance for PhD students to apply till April 22, 2016. More information can be found here.

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This year I was asked to be one of the workshop organisers for ICWL2014 conference. We got many interesting workshop proposals with rather different focuses. As the main conference submission is closed by now, you still have a chance to participate in one of the workshops in ICWL2014 conference. The list of accepted workshops and more information about them can be found here.

And be aware of the fact that the conference dates have changed. The new dates are August 14th – 17th.

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Last week I had an opportunity to visit a local educational conference and this year’s theme was “Turning point in education”.  Although Tallinn University’s session started only at 17:00 in the afternoon we got a considerable number of participants. I started with the Learnmix project and re-conceptualisation of  e-textbooks, Dr. Kairit Tammets continued with a presentation about teacher-training and internship supported by a specific web-based environment eDidaktikum and Piret Lehiste introduced an additional training module for teachers what she calls a Smart Teacher (Nutiõpetaja). The goal of the training program is to provide educational technology related knowledge and skills for in-service teachers.

I have to admit that I got the impression that our ideas are a bit too radical and far away from an average teacher and conference visitor, however, this was our chance to introduce new ideas, show different ways and bring international research on educational technology closer to an Estonian audience.

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There is a last chance to submit an extended abstract for PLE2014 conference. Final deadline for the submission of extended abstracts is April 22, 2014.

See you in Tallinn!

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We have decided to issue a 2nd call for papers for PLE2014. The conference will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, from July 16th to 18th with a preceding “pacific” event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from June 25th to 27th. The new deadline for the submission of extended abstracts is April 1, 2014.

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In addition to PLE2014 conference, Centre for Educational Technology hosts also ICWL2014 conference this year, August 13-16th. We have just finalised the Call for Workshops and are ready to receive your proposals. We are expecting workshop proposals, which are either:

  • research paper submission & presentation or
  • hand-on workshop with software demonstrations and discussion groups.

Some important dates:

  • Workshop proposal submission deadline: March 1,  2014
  • Notification of workshop acceptance: March 15, 2014
  • Proposed workshop paper submission deadline: May 1, 2014
  • Proposed workshop paper author notification: May 21, 2014
  • Workshop authors’ registration and camera-ready papers: June 17, 2014

Looking forward to seeing you in Tallinn!

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PLE2014 (Personal learning environment) conference will be held in two different places: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from June 25 to 27 and Tallinn, Estonia, from July 16 to 18. This year’s conference theme “Beyond formal: emergent practices for living, learning and working” is a very promising one and offers to discuss a great variety of issues related to personal learning environments. As usual, this conference aims at taking a more alternative, relaxed and creative approach to talk about challenging and emerging aspects of human learning/work and environments.

The important dates are:

17.03.2014: Deadline for extended abstract submission
01.05.2014: Author notification of acceptance of extended abstracts
16.06.2014: Submission of final papers & session descriptions

So, it is about time to start drafting some PLE related ideas and planning a nice business/holiday trip to Tallinn. Btw, July is the best time of the year to visit Tallinn, Estonia or some neighbouring Baltic or Scandinavian countries.

Looking forward to seeing you in Tallinn!

 

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On October 28th there is going to be a conference on future classrooms. It will be organised together with an Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications. The title of the conference is Technology, Innovation and a future classroom: The Role of ICT Enterprises in Educational Innovations.

The main goal of the conference is to involve ICT enterprises, publishers, Ministry of Education, schools and universities in discussions about the meaning of learning and teaching in the digital era and its requirements for learning and teaching strategies, materials and outcomes.

The conference language is going to be Estonian, however, there are two presentations in English, by researchers from Sweden and Denmark.

Location: Tallinn University, Uus-Sadama 5, room M218

Time: 28th October, 10:00 – 17:00

 

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It is decided that the next ICWL conference is going to be in Tallinn, in August. I am going to be involved in organising workshops. Although it is just October, I guess it is about time to think of a nice trip to Tallinn.

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First round of admissions has passed and now Tallinn University is announcing the second round. One of the main priorities of Tallinn University is teacher education and thus, most of the teacher training programs are ready to accept more students. There is going to be also an additional opportunity to join the Master’s program “Teacher of Computer Sciences, ICT Manager” I am leading. It is a 2 year program (in Estonian) and designed in a way that courses are provided at every second weekend and during school holidays. The program aims at offering a comprehensive academic education in the field of educational sciences and teacher education in computer science speciality, and developing competencies necessary for working on the positions of a teacher of computer science and a school’s ICT manager.

In case one is interested in educational technology, I must admit that “Teacher of Computer Sciences, ICT Manager” and our Educational Technology master’s program (also in Estonian) are very similar. The added value of my program is that it offers an additional teacher training module, which can be very beneficial one day if one wants to carry out some teaching and coaching beyond primary and secondary level education. However, “Educational Technology” program is also ready to accept a few more students.

Application deadline is August 15th and 16th; and a brief chat with my colleagues is going to be on August 19th. Welcome to Institute of Informatics!

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