Mikko-Jussi Laakso and Tomi Rautaoja, University of Turku, Finland

Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 12:30pm

Large Scale Reseach-based Development of Education Reseach-based development of Education with Learning Analytics: Towards Nationwide Teaching and Learning Ecosystem

The Centre for Learning Analytics at the University of Turku, Finland, aims to advance the utilization of education technology and learning analytics for the entire span of the Finnish education system. The centre is a multidisciplinary research unit and main research areas are eAssessment, blended learning, math & programming education, gamification, digital pedagogies, learning analytics, machine Learning & AI in Education. It works in conjunction with the Finnish schools and institutions, Finnish education authorities to utilize research-based methods in teaching and learning in Finland, and serves as a national hub in its research field.
The presentation starts with short introduction to the Learning Analytics which is followed by describing  ”From teachers to teachers” –initiative.
After that, The Finnish success stories are presented with practical examples. For example, Digital learning path in Mathematics education emphasizes active learning, gamification, and learning analytics. The final part of the presentation is focusing on principles of developing research-based & data-driven Teaching and Learning ecosystem at large scale including the presenting the basis of  FUNA (Functional numeracy assessment) eAssessment battery with practical examples.
Associate professor Mikko-Jussi Laakso is the director of the Centre for Learning Analytics at the University of Turku, Finland.  His main research interests are Learning analytics, Computer Assisted Learning, Math & Programming Education, Gamification, Learning Design, Machine Learning & AI in Education. He has 20 years of experience from university and research-based development of the education through educational technology solutions. He has published more than 100 international peer-reviewed articles, and collected more than 4M€ in R&D projects.
The centre is developing UNESCO awarded ViLLE – the collaborative education tool.  The system is utilized by more than 450 000 students, 14000 teachers, and 56% of schools in Finland. Students are conducting yearly more than 200 000 000 tasks with immediate feedback.
Tomi Rautaoja (MA) works as a Research Coordinator at the Centre for Learning Analytics. He is leading career training projects that seek to educate teachers about digital learning tools and analytics.
His research interests include as well L2 speech sound acquisition and the role of the learner’s L1 in the process.