Second annual advisory board meeting

On December 15th we organised our second annual advisory board meeting. Considering the pandemic situation the meeting took place again via Zoom. In addition to short presentations of our ongoing activities the main focus was on three discussion points:

  • In which direction do you think that educational innovation should go/is going?
  • Where should research go in the field of educational innovation and what should be the main focus in the near future?
  • What are the ethical considerations and consequences?

Our advisory board members pointed out interesting, but essential points important to consider in the field of educational innovation and research. For instance, understanding the barriers in the field, involving different stakeholders, understanding what schools need, considering the role of leadership in educational innovation and making use of data and technologies for educational innovation.

It was definitely an interesting discussion and therefore we would like to thank the advisory board for sharing their experiences and. knowledge.

SEIS project at MEC in Lapland

Iiris Tuvi discussed our new project proposal at MEC in Lapland. On 28 Sept – 1 Oct Media Education Conference (MEC) took place in Lapland and Iiris Tuvi from Tampere University presented the result of our co-operational work on the CHANSE project proposal. The proposal and the talk at conference was titled „The EdTech Observatory: Co-creating and evidencing digital transformation in schools”. Lively discussion that followed the presentation indicated interest and support to the project. There was a researcher in the audience that had lead somewhat similar project in Italy and she supported our goals and hypotheses by bringing out that their project had impact quite similar to what we were aiming for.

A series of research seminars for early stage researchers

The SEIS project team has started a series of research seminars for early stage researchers. The goal of the series is to learn more about the research topics in Tallinn University, provide feedback to early stage researchers and initiate discussions on relevant topics in the field of educational innovation. First presenters were:

Kadri Mettis, who is working on mobile outdoor learning and exploring its impact on student learning and

Edna Milena Sarmiento Marquez, who is working on a framework to guide the evaluation of school-university partnerships.

University – edtech – school cooperation in Estonia

On September 29th 2021, Jussi Okkonen from Tampere University was invited to give a talk “Living labs as vehicle for co-development of edtech” at the final event of the university – edtech-school cooperation programme in Estonia. The goal of the programme was to bring together university researchers, school teachers and edtech companies to co-develop educational technology solutions for schools.

mLearn2021 conference

Tallinn University in collaboration with the SEIS project team is going to virtually host a mLearn2021 conference on October 6th and 7th. The keynote speeches will be given by Mohammad Khalil (Title: Harnessing Learning Analytics with Mobile Learning: Opportunities and Challenges) from University of Bergen and Teemu Leinonen (Title: From physical to digital: What is good for children is good for all of us) from Aalto University. There is still an option to register.

Tampere Summer Camp

Tampere University is going to host a Summer Camp (educational technology and innovation) on September 14th and 15th 2021 for PhD students and senior staff. It will be a unique opportunity to meet (virtually) Joan Hughes (University of Texas, and Sean Goggins (University of Missouri, and learn about their research. In addition, every participant has an option to discuss his/her research, get feedback and meet PhD students from Tampere, Tallinn and Bergen to share experiences and learn from each other.

Workshop at Nordic LASI 2021

Nordic Learning Analytics Summer Institute 2021 workshop was organized by SEIS project. The title of the workshop was „Ideal Virtual Research Lab for Learning Analytics“ (workshop was organized by one SEIS partner, Tampere University). Since the conference program was shortened and everything was online the workshop happened also online and lasted for one hour. There were 16-20 participants. At first professor Jussi Okkonen introduced the SEIS project, the idea and many possible definitions for the ideal virtual research lab. The presentation was followed by group discussions.  The goal was to collect ideas, what the colleagues from around the world think the ideal virtual research lab for learning analytics would be for them, what would be the most necessary components? Following ideas emerged – the ideal virtual research lab should: 1) enable to cross common boundaries 2) enable to compile project applications for cross-national research funding 3) provide access and easy usability of open access databases 4) be a substitute for the real learning management system 5) be arena for sharing experiences 6) enable capacity building activities, mentoring 7) enable to create multi-disciplinary research groups/projects 8) have tools that enable rapid data visualization. Critical points raised were: data privacy and secure handling of the data. We are planning longer workshop at Nordic LASI 2022, where each of the discussed component would be elaborated and also teacher as a researcher perspective would be included.

SEIS team is working on a systematic literature review

One of the joint initiatives the SEIS team has started is the systematic literature review. The fact that some of the SEIS project members have more experience with systematic literature review than others, provides a good opportunity for a joint research activity to
encourage knowledge transfer between partners, but also to create a common project result. The topic of the systematic review is related with the teacher decisions and model-based learning analytics and adaptive learning technology. The systematic review is in progress and is planned to be finalized in September 2021 with the submission of a journal publication.

New research & development grants for the SEIS team

During its first year the SEIS team has prepared a number of joint research and development grants, such as:

VIE – Virtual presence in higher education hybrid learning delivery – Erasmus+ KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. VIE aims to design and implement a highly interactive digital collaborative learning platform that will allow learners to actively work together in groups in real-time or asynchronously on jointly owned projects through a commonly owned digital workspace. VIE envisions a digital work environment through which students will design solutions to learning challenges through brainstorming and synthesizing by building on each other’s ideas.

Partners: Tallinn University (Estonia), Tampere University (Finland), University De Vigo (Sapin), University of Thessaly (Greece), Advanced Technology Systems (Romania), Virtual Campus LDA (Portugal).

Budget: 216 322 EUR.

Period: 01.03.2021 -28.02.2023.

iHub4Schools – Accelerating Digital Innovation in Schools through Regional Innovation Hubs and a Whole-School Mentoring Model. DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-21-2020: Mentoring scheme for schools: mainstreaming innovation by spreading the advanced ICT-based teaching practices to a wide circle of schools. iHub4Schools will propose mechanisms to accelerate whole-school digital innovation in and across schools through establishment of Regional Innovation Hubs.

Partners: Tallinn University (Estonia), Bergen University (Norway), University College London (UK), Helsinki University (Finland), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (Switzerland), HarNo (Estonia), Steps SRL (Italy), Vilnius University (Lithuania) and Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University (Georgia).

Budget:  1M EUR

Period: 01.01.2021 – 30.06.2023