Collaborative Research Activity
The coordinating body of Innokas Network, the Faculty of Educational Science at the University of Helsinki, conducts educational research in the network in collaboration with the regional coordinators, schools and partners. Our research is focused on the learning and teaching of 21st century skills, on the Innovative School model that provides key enablers for learning and on network activity in the Innokas Network. We collaborate on research activity with other universities such as Stanford University, with other educational institutions and with various companies.
Our research methodology is predominantly based on Design Research, where the researchers work in close collaboration with teachers, students and school partners in order to identify school challenges and to develop innovative solutions to address the challenges. Research activity is integrated as a part of the daily school activity, supporting practical school development at the local school site.
Innokas Network is a partner in the Growing Mind research project funded by the Academy of Finland. This project, active in 2018-2022 aims to develop 21st century school activity and to study it in the framework of the digitalization of the society. The Growing Mind project studies the wide landscape of 21st century learning and the holistic development of the school.
AI in Learning
The Innokas Network works in partnership with the AI in Learning -project, in the workpackage AI tutor for Demanding Expertise. The project is funded by Business Finland. The workpackage studies the application of artificial intelligence technology in professional training situated in virtual reality (VR). Our goal is to enable the development of immersive VR-based learning technology and products. Part of the study will be performed in a new AIVR lab (nicknamed “IIVARI”) we have set up at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki. In the lab, voluntary participants get to know VR-based learning in intelligent and immersive VR learning solutions created by Upknowledge. Read more on the project website.
Uutta luova asiantuntijuus (ULA) – Innovative Expertise
Innokas Network is a partner in this development project for teacher training, funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The project is active in 2017-2019 and aims to develop new structures and content to link both new teacher and in-service teacher training in new ways that emphasize participant expertise and engagement. Read more here.
Learning and teaching in digital environments – education program/vai specialization program is a long term program directed at classroom and subject teacher, that provides professional development and specialization possibilities for teachers already in work-life. In the program the participants familiarize with the newest teaching and learning methods, development models, digital tools, learning environments and materials that are based on research- and development knowledge. Read more here.
The National Digierko Network
The project develops a national network of digital learning and teaching that supports the development of teachers digital professionalism, expertise and skill sharing. The activities are based on the DigiErko-education programs of the Universities of Turku, Helsinki and Eastern Finland as well as the the networking of the expert teachers in these universities. You can follow the project here.
Earlier Research Projects
In 2012-2015 Innokas Network was responsible for the implementation of the Innovative School subproject in the Finnable project, founded by Tekes. The subproject studied the school and its surrounding community as a complex of network of learning environments. New practices utilizing technology were developed for the Innovative School, including new ways to use digital technology to support the students of today and tomorrow. A special focus was on the versatile use of technology to support personalized learning and home and school collaboration. Read more about the Finnable project here.
Innokas Network was a partner in the Co4Lab research project funded by the Academy of Finland. The goal of the project was to develop 21st century school activity and to study the activity in the context of the digitalization of the society. The main focus of project activity in 2015-2019 was on the Innovation Education approach, its practical implementation and its various dimensions of impact.
In 2017-2018 Innokas Network, in collaboration with the Micro:bit Foundation, conducts research on the teaching and learning of programming and robotics using Micro:bit.