Linda Liukas

Keynote: Whimsical World of Computers, Coding, Internet and Artificial Intelligence.

CEO (Hello Ruby Oy) Linda Liukas http://lindaliukas.com/ is the author and illustrator of Hello Ruby, a children's picture book series about the whimsical world of computers, coding, internet and AI. She's the founder of Rails Girls, a global movement to teach young women programming in over 270 cities. She loves Muji, Zelda Fitzgerald, software and sparkly things. Currently she is a TED Resident in New York.

Interests: Technology, Education, Culture and Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Societal impact

June 6th 2018 9:00-10:30 Whimsical World of Computer - Coding, Internet and Artifical Intelligence


Sanna Järvelä

Keynote: Learning in and for the 21st century - a challenge for schools?

Dr. Sanna Järvelä https://sannajarvela.wordpress.com is a professor in the field of learning and educational technology and a head of the Learning and Educational Technology Research Unit (LET) http://www.oulu.fi/let in the Department of Educational Sciences, University of Oulu, Finland.

Her main research interests deal with self-regulated learning, computer supported collaborative learning and on-line learning processes. Järvelä has been an invited expert in different national and international expert commissions (e.g. OECD and scientific organizations) as well keynote speaker in international conferences (e.g. EARLI and CSCL). She is the EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction) president. In 2015 Järvelä was invited to the member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and she was the Francqui Chair holder at the Gent University Belgium for the year 2016.

Järvelä has published more than 150 scientific papers in international refereed journals and about 50 book chapters and three edited books.

June 4th 2018 9:30-10:30 Learning in and for the 21st Century - a Challenge for Schools?


Riitta-Liisa Korkeamäki

Keynote: Teacher Training in Finland.

Prof. Korkeamäki received her PhD. from the University of Oulu, Finland, in 1996. She was nominated as a professor of education (early childhood) in 2003, University of Oulu. But her carrier started as a primary school teacher in Finland. Korkeamäki has a long carrier as a teacher educator in the university training school and as a senior lecturer in teacher training. She has also taught in a primary school in Zambia. She was the head of the Department of Education and Teacher Education (2003-2009) and the dean of the Faculty of Education (2010-2016), University of Oulu.

Her research has focused on curriculum issues, learning literacies (including digital literacies), most recently in a national project Joy of Reading program as well as issues in teacher education. Korkeamäki has experience from World Bank’s and Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ development projects as a team leader and coordinator in several countries.

June 5th 2018 9:00-10:30 Teacher Training in Finland


Erja Vitikka

Keynote: Perspectives on Pupils Assessment in Finnish Basic Education

Dr. Erja Vitikka works as Counsellor of education at the Finnish National National Agency for Education. Vitikka’s main assignments relate to strategic planning of the development and implementation of the Finnish national core curriculum in basic education. She is also involved in the development of pupil assessment in basic education. In her presentation, Vitikka will provide perspectives to the current national guidelines for pupil assessment and reflect the ongoing discussion about them.

June 8th 2018 9:30-10:30 Perspectives on Pupils Assessment in Finnish Basic Education


Helka-Liisa Hentilä

Welcoming words.

Dr. and Architect Helka-Liisa Hentilä, Vice Rector for Education is responsible for the quality and improvement of education activities. The units of responsibility of the Vice Rector are the faculties of Humanities and Education, Oulu School of Architecture, and Oulu Business School.

June 4th 2018 9:00-9:30 Welcoming words


Rauni Räsänen

Introduction to Finnish School system and its special features.

Rauni Räsänen, PhD, MA (linguistics), is a former professor of education (retired 2009), specialized in global education, at the Faculty of Education in Oulu. Before her university career she worked as a primary and secondary school teacher and as a provincial advisor for language teaching. She is one of the initiators and developers of Intercultural teacher education and Education and globalization programs at the University of Oulu. Dr. Räsänen has a long-term experience in collaboration with international partners in several countries, especially to develop various aspects of teacher education.

Her main research interests include action research, ethics and education, global education, intercultural education, teacher education and North-South-East-West relations. Dr Räsänen has also worked as a member of the National UNESCO Commission in Finland.

June 4th 2018 10:50-11:45 Introduction to the Finnish School System


Päivi Mäki

Ms. Päivi Mäki, PhD, works as Director of Education in the municipality of Liminka. Päivi Mäki is responsible of pre-school education, basic education, upper secondary school education, culture, youth work and sports and spare time activities in the municipality. Päivi Mäki’s work include development of service area, curricula and international cooperation.

Before her current work, Päivi Mäki has developed the quality system of Education and Culture services. Päivi Mäki carried out the project of implementing the Finnish quality criteria of Basic Education in Oulu as Project Manager. The quality model of the Education Services of Oulu has been presented as a good quality model in the book of best practice of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. Päivi Mäki has got here skills and knowledge of quality work in practical work, but also by completing the Quality and Development managers’ education at Laatukeskus Excellence Finland.

Päivi Mäki is an expert in pedagogy. She has worked in 15 years as foreign language teacher, head teacher and pedagogical advisor. International cooperation has been one of her main areas of responsibility since 1996. Päivi Mäki has a lot of experience and insight of different educational systems and schools all over the world thanks to her work in several international projects and networks. In her doctoral thesis Päivi Mäki discussed teachers’ professional development.

June 5th 2018 15:45-16:30 Quality in Education


Kari Kumpulainen

Dr. Kari Kumpulainen is Director of the Oulu University Teacher Training School. This high level school includes two primary schools (600 pupils), one secondary school (250), one upper secondary school (250), and it serves more than 600 pre-service teachers annually. The number of staff is 120.

University of Oulu, Finland, has 10 faculties, 15 000 students and 3 000 staff members, including more than 200 professors. Oulu University Teacher Training School is part of the Faculty of Education, which has twice been awarded as a Center of Excellence, among all disciplines and universities in Finland.

The academic career of Kari Kumpulainen includes about 30 years of experience in various tasks, mostly as a teacher trainer. For two years he was working as a Director of the Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius. That consortium includes three Finnish universities: University of Jyväskylä, University of Oulu and University of Vaasa. For more than 10 years Dr. Kari Kumpulainen was the leader of the Educational Technology Thematic Interest Group of the European Teacher Education Network (ETEN), and during 2012-2014 he was the board member of the same international organization. ETEN includes more than 60 universities around the world. Kari Kumpulainen has published about 40 scientific articles, mostly on the area of educational technology. His educational background is in Education (PhD), Computer Science, and Educational Psychology. He is also a qualified flight instructor, CPL(A)/IR/FI. During his career Dr. Kumpulainen has visited more than 50 countries as an educational expert.

June 4th 2018 9:00-9:30 Welcome
June 6th, 2018 10:45 - 14:45 (lunch 12:15-13:15) Workshop E Fly me to the moon - Drones for Modern Learning


Sari Räisänen

Dr. Sari Räisänen works as vice principal in the University of Oulu Teacher Training school.

She has a long experience of working as a classroom teacher and as a special education teacher in primary schools in Finland, and she has been working as a principal in a private kindergarten and primary school in Sweden. Räisänen’s research interests concern the vast area of transformative literacies/ multiliteracies in classroom communities and professional learning of teachers.

Räisänen's lecture will focus on the change the understanding of transformative literacies of contemporary world affords learning to read and to write in the early years of school as well as on the teacher’s role in this process.

June 4th, 2018 9:00-9:30 Welcome
June 5th, 2018 15:00-15:45 Transformative literacies


Hannu Juuso

Dr. Hannu Juuso is the principal of basic education in Oulu University Teacher Training School.

He has a long experience of working as a classroom teacher as well as a teacher educator in several Finnish Universities. During the last decades he has been actively involved in several national curriculum renewing processes in Finland´s National Board of Education. Hannu Juuso has led some ten years the coordination of research and pedagogical development work in the network of 11 teacher training schools of Finland. He also has a long-term experience in collaboration with international partners in several countries, especially in the areas of developing the curriculum and pedagogy of thinking skills in school.

Hannu Juuso´s research interests concerns philosophy of education as well as the traditions and educational theory from which themes he has published widely.

June 4th 2018 13:15-14:45 Curriculum and curriculum implementation


Juha Wedman

Oulanka National Park trip guide, M.Sc. (Geography accompanied with Biology/Geology & Education) Juha Wedman, Phenomenon-based Learning Expert and teacher in Oulu University Teacher Training School

Hello mates!
I am to guide you through the adventurous trip to Oulanka, Kuusamo. I am one of the instructors in Teacher Trainer School in the University of Oulu. The main field of my MSc studies was Geography accompanied with Biology/Geology & Education. I have experience of 21 years as a teacher. Next fall will be my 20th anniversary in UNI Oulu. I have also worked as a military expert in the Middle East and Balkans as an observer and a liaison officer with a background of Finnish Frontier Guard Ranger in reserve. During my tours of duty I have been priviledged to have friends from all over the world. I am looking forward to seeing you all and hopefully have new friends for lifetime. Best Regards to all,
Juha Wedman

June 6th 15:00 to Thursday 7th 18:30 Oulanka National Park trip guide


Marko Kielinen

Dr. Marko Kielinen is Senior Lecturer in teacher education in the field of special education at the Faculty of Education at the University of Oulu.

Before his university career he worked over ten years as primary and secondary school teacher as well as a provincial advisor for child and adolescent support services in Northern Finland. Marko finished his PhD on Autism spectrum disorders in Northern Finland in 2005, and in 2006 he was appointed as university lecturer in special education. He has been the initiator and academic leader in special education program at the Faculty of Education and has taught extensively in pre- and in-service teacher education.

Marko Kielinen has worked e.g. as a lecturer, student mentor, research supervisor, academic program coordinator and dean for education. He has extensive experience of autism spectrum, epidemiology, special education, inclusive education, interventions, social interaction, neuropsychiatric coaching and refugee children education.

June 8th 13:00-13:45 Inclusion in teacher education


Markku Lang

Mr. Markku Lang, MA and M.Ed, works as a Coordinator with the learning landscape projects funded by Finnish National Agency for Education. He is Future Classroom Lead Ambassador in Finland. Markku also works as a pedagogical expert in EU funded IMAILE project, which is developing the next generation PLE (Personal Learning Environment) which is connecting students, teachers, school managers, tutors, families and the wider community by means of open and commercial ICT solutions inside and outside the school facilities, supporting lifelong learning, enabling students to control and define their own learning processes under the mentoring of the teacher.

Future Classroom Lab (FCL) is created by European Schoolnet, which is supported by 30 ministries and industry partners to help visualise how conventional classrooms and other learning spaces can be easily reorganised to help changing styles of teaching and learning.

FCL is a concept of an inspirational learning environment challenging teachers and students to rethink the role of pedagogy, technology and design in their classrooms. Through six learning zones, visitors can explore the essential elements in delivering 21st century learning: students' and teachers' skills and roles, learning environment design, current and emerging technology, and societal trends affecting education.

More: https://oppimaisema.fi/, http://www.imaile.eu/, http://fcl.eun.org/

June 8th 13:45-15:15 Active Learning in Modern Schools




Anna-Leena Ahlfors-Juntunen and Virpi Sivonen-Sankala

Ms. Anna-Leena Ahlfors-Juntunen, M.A. English and Nordic Philology and Education, works as a Senior Lecturer in Oulu University Teacher Training School.

Hello Everyone,
I work as a Senior Lecturer in Secondary and Upper Secondary level in Oulu University Teaching Training School. This year marks my 20th anniversary in the University of Oulu and Oulu University Teacher Training School. The English language and teaching it is my passion. During these past twenty years I have been teaching students in Secondary and Upper Secondary level, coaching and lecturing teacher trainees and in-service teachers and trying to invent new ways to motivate, educate, evaluate and inspire my students. Motivational and inspiring teaching methods and educational technology are especially close to my heart along with enhancing pupil participation and the meaningfulness of studying and creating moments of success in the classroom.

In the workshop hosted together with my colleague Virpi Sivonen-Sankala, the participants will get to explore various methods and practises used in teaching English. We will also take a look at learning technology used in teaching English in Oulu University Teacher Training School.

June 5th 2018 13:15-14:45 Workshop A Learning and Teaching English in Secondary and Upper Secondary School


Sini Liimatta and Hanna Merilšinen

We are enthusiastic teachers from Oulu University Teaching Training School. Sini Liimatta works as a lecturer for primary education and Hanna Merilšinen works as a special education teacher. Our CO-teaching practice is based on positive pedagogy: appreciation and flexibility are words we value in practice when working together. We both have years of experience on CO-teaching.

We warmly welcome you to join us in our workshop. In our workshop participants have possibility to discuss different ways of implementing CO-teaching, share ideas and find new ways to carry out the method in practice.

June 5th 13:15-14:45 Workshop B Co-teaching


Kaisa Marjamaa and Outi Tiainen

Kaisa Marjamaa and Outi Tiainen both work as Senior Lecturers at Oulu University Teacher Training School. Both of them are also currently doing doctoral research focusing on the development of student teachers' learning and well-being during teaching practice. Using video as a tool for learning has been a central element in their data collection phase but also a method the lecturers have been using in their mentoring practices. Based on their research, Marjamaa and Tiainen have been developing a model for using video as a tool for guided reflection during teaching practice.

In the workshop, the participants will get to know and explore theories and practices behind video-assisted reflection. The participants will also begin to develop a model for using video as a tool in their own work.

June 5th 13:15-14:45 Workshop C Mentoring student teachers - Video as a tool for professional learning


Janne Marjamaa

I work as a Senior Lecturer at the Teacher training school of the University of Oulu. I teach mostly craft and techology in its's Finnish form which is quite a unique approach to teaching handicraft, design, technology education and engineering as a school subject.

We have been studying how to teach 3d design as a technological process with our students in the faculty of education for multiple years now. It is interesting to investigate how children understand 3 dimensional tinkering and how the design will come together to form a product. With 3d design we can make a bridge between physical and abstract world. I hope we have some time to discuss these themes and you enjoy my workshop and find it interesting.

June 6th 10:45-13:15 (lunch 12:15-13:15) Workshop D - Robots, 3D Design and Printing


Katrimaija Lehtinen-Itälä and Virpi Sivonen-Sankala

Ms. Katrimaija Lehtinen-Itälä, M.A., History, Social Studies, Archeology, Finnish and Education, works as a Senior Lecturer in Oulu University Teacher Training School since 1991.

Ms. Virpi Sivonen-Sankala, M.A., English, French, Finnish, Swedish and Education, worked as a Senior Lecturer in Oulu University Teacher Training School in 1981 - 2017.

We have participated in numerous international projects, aiming at finding new ways of activating students. These projects include Comenius and Erasmus projects with didderent European countries, and our school also took part in the DIY project, coordinated by the university of Barcelona. Our work consists of teaching lower and upper secondary students, training future teachers, training in-service teachers and taking part in the national teacher training research programmes. We have a special interest in teaching entrepreneurship to our students, and teaching global issues.

Our workshop will include different types of group facilitation, DIY ideology, self-regulation and drama, the main focus being on the participants' own active role as a learner. Teaching and learning can be fun!

June 8th 10:30 - 12:00 Workshop F Activating Strategies



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