Education in the Digitalizing World –Challenges and Opportunities as seen from the Finnish perspective
Abstract: Jouni Kangasniemi has been working since 2003 as a senior adviser for the Ministry of Education and Culture. He has a Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Helsinki 1992. He describes himself as a learning passionist, although with over 20 years’ experience in the national education policy making. Previously, he has worked at the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (1999-2002) and the National Board of Education (1992-1999). He has been involved in many aspects of development of ICT and education, including development of open learning environments and networks, promoting eSkills and pedagogical use of ICT in teachers CPD both at national and European level (TWG ICT and Education, e-Skills Committee, TWG Quality on Adult Learning). Jarmo Viteli is a Research Director of TRIM (2009 -) at the University of Tampere. He received his Doctor of Education In Information Technology in Education, in 1989. Since then he has been Acting Associate Professor 1991-1993, Associate Expert in Education for UNESCO in Namibia and South-Africa 1993-1995 , Director of Hypermedialab at UTA 1995 – 1999 and 2005 - 2009, Professor of Interactive Network Services 1999-2005 and director of eTampere – Information Society Programme 2001 – 2005). Currently (2013 -2014) he is an International Fellow at SRI-International (CTL) Menlo Park, California. His special interest areas are Learning and Instruction in digital environments, Learning analytics and Online Research tools. Viteli has been evaluator of several EU-programmes and he is founder and president of the annual national Educational Technology Conference (ITK) in Finland since 1990, circa 1500 attendees annually.