Teacher Education track

Monday, 4th April



Location: TAMK Main Campus, address: Teiskontie 33, B building entrance hall


Welcome to TAMK

Presenters: Hanna Ilola, Juha Lahtinen & Mikko Turunen, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34b


Overview of the Finnish (Vocational) Education System

The presentation will introduce the Finnish Education system and give perspective especially of the vocational and professional education. It also gives the key figures of the vocational education and training in Finland as well as aspects of the role of professional teacher and teaching in Finland. The presenter has worked since 2004 in several positions in different fields of vocational and professional education in Finland, basically in Management.

Presenter: Kaisa-Leena Ahlroth, TAMK

Host: Hanna Teräs, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34b




PROGRAM A: Setting up Collaborative Online International (COIL) Projects

Has your institution been considering more online international collaboration for its classrooms since the pandemic? Do you have the necessary technical resources and staff support? What about training or recognition for setting up such projects? This lecture will describe how COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) projects have been set up and promoted across faculties at UVic-UCC in Catalonia (Spain), which could be of interest to staff at international offices, teaching instructors and institutions wishing to incorporate similar initiatives. It will also provide participants with an opportunity for networking and finding partners for prospective COIL projects.

Presenters: Sarah Khan & Lucrecia Keim, UVic-UCC, Spain

Host: Hanna Teräs, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34b

PROGRAM B: MOOCs, OER & Co - a Way to Reach the SDGs?

This session will deal with open education (MOOCs. OER & Co) in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The lecture describes the historical development of open education, presents examples from many different academic fields and technical terms around open education as well as the subtle differences between them. On this basis, together with the audience, the course will elaborate a differentiated review on the new possibilities for education, and possible shortcomings and pitfalls, followed by an open discussion as to what extent open education contributes to reaching SDG 4 (“Quality education for All”) at a world scale.

Presenter: Patricia Arnold, Hochschule München, Germany

Host: Tarja Juurakko-Koskinen, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-26


Teachers as Change Agents for Sustainable Future - Enhancing Competencies in Education for Sustainable Development

This interactive presentation discusses teacher’s roles as change agents and possibilities to foster transformative learning in students. Short introduction is followed by discussion on the challenges related to change making and teacher’s key competences for meeting the challenges. Finally you will learn about our about-to-be-launched EduSTA project, which aims at developing digital badges for teacher’s sustainability competences. We use some digital tools, which you can use with your phone.

Presenter: Eveliina Asikainen, TAMK

Host: Hanna Teräs, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34b




The Indigenous People's Speech: An Invitation to a Holistic-type of Communication in Educational Contexts

This presentation starts with a historical analysis of the native languages in Colombia in order to inform the reader about their current state. Subsequently, a brief philosophical consideration, which takes as its ontological basis the philosophy of Emil Cioran, about the Indian languages is carried out to contrast them with the western tongue that was imposed to the population during the Spanish colonization. Then, according to the aforementioned philosophical reflection, an invitation to the reader and the academy in general is made to revalue and include in our teaching activities the holistic element inherent to the Amerindian languages.

Presenters: Ivan Nieves, Universidad EAN, Colombia

Host: Henri Annala, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34b


Tampere City Sightseeing Tour

Departure: Kuntokatu 3, G-building entrance, TAMK Main Campus

Arrival: Tampere Cathedral

Tuesday, 5th April


RDI Keynote: The world has changed but we the people remain: Post-pandemic norms in higher Education?

Dr James Brunton is Assistant Professor and Chair of the DCU Connected Psychology Major programme, which is an online, open education undergraduate programme, at Dublin City University. James is a Chartered Psychologist (C. Psychol., Ps.S.I.; C. Work & Org. Psychol. Ps.S.I.; CPsychol BPS), an Advance HE Senior Fellow (SFHEA), and an EDEN (European Distance Education Network) Fellow. James’ research interests include the psychology of identity, socialisation/orientation processes, online learning design, open pedagogy, and digital assessment. His research has been published in journals such as Studies in Higher Education, Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, Open Praxis, and Educational Media International. James is currently the principal investigator/DCU principal investigator on a number of locally and EU funded projects focused on themes of: online learning design and practice; and open education/widening participation in Higher Education

Keynote speaker: Dr. James Brunton, DCU, Ireland

Chair: Dr. Hanna Teräs, TAMK

Location: TAMK main campus, Room A3-27


PROGRAM A - A Journey into the Unknown - Explorative Learning and Teaching in Urban Green Spaces (11:15 - 12:00)

Introducing freshman students to principles of sciences is an important task of a university. Some subjects – such as agricultural ecology – make use of different quantitative and qualitative methods, ranging from empirical, experimental or explorative to theoretical approaches. In this work presented here urban green spaces were used drawing on approaches of problem-, place-, and enquiry-based learning. Students were invited to join a “journey into the unknown”. No mobile electronic devices were to be used as to not counteract the original learning process. Students were invited to explore the chosen site in small groups and to take pictures and notes to – describe the site – document any ideas, observations and assumptions about the site – activate previous knowledge (if not knowledge on that specific site), e.g. on geography of the wider Berlin area – interview passers-by about the site and collect as much information as possible. Students were invited to form tentative explanations for the shape or design of the given space on basis of their observations and qualitative data In the discussion the individual nature of the data, their informative value and significance was elaborated and the connection to scientific data gathering in other fields was established.

Presenter: Marcel Robischon, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Host: Elina Harju, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-24

PROGRAM B - Virtual Observation of Student Teachers on School Placement (11:15 - 11:45)

An overview of the policy and practice developments in Virtual Observation of School Placement from the perspective of supervisors in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) provider in Ireland. Topics explored will include rationale, data protection, Covid-19 restrictions, reducing carbon footprint and protocols to maintain best practice.

Presenter: Kevin Maye, Atlantic Technological University, Ireland

Host: Jenni Majuri, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B4-26


PROGRAM A - Back to Novice Status: EAP Lecturers' Reaction to Online Teaching during the Pandemic (12:00 - 12:45)

This presentation is a product of research held in 2021. The research was held in three HE institutions in the departments for teaching English for Academic purposes. One head of department and one lecturer were interviewed with regards to their sudden move to online teaching and the adjustments they have undergone teaching online for three semesters. The study shows how transforming teaching into an online format has shaken the professional foundations of veteran lecturers and resulted in phenomena characterizing novice teachers, such as seeking control and teacher-centeredness. It has also revealed misconceptions concerning English language teaching when it comes to the new CEFR aligned requirements of adhering to all four language skills. The presentation will take about 30min with room for discussion afterward.

Presenter: Nadav Badrian, ORT Braude College, Israel

Host: Elina Harju, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-24

PROGRAM B - Launching ePortfolio: Helping Student Teachers Navigate and Deepen Their Learning and Reflective Practice (11:45 - 12:15)

This presentation will focus on the rationale for, and learnings from the introduction of an new ePortfolio software platform (PebblePad) with first year students in initial teacher education programmes at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland.

Presenter: Dermot O’Donovan, Atlantic Technological University, Ireland

Host: Jenni Majuri, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B4-26

PROGRAM B - A Reflection on the 'Professional Dialogical Review' Virtual Model of School Placement Assessment: an Irish Case Study (12:15 - 12:45)

This is a short PowerPoint Presentation on the Professional Dialogical Review model of virtual assessment in School Placement. Firstly, the context of Irish Teacher Education in Ireland, is provided, including the role and registration requirements of the Teaching Council, Ireland. The contingency strategies operative in 2021-2022 will be outlined, with a particular focus the Professional Dialogical Review model, designed and developed to assess School Placement in an equitable fashion, where on-site visits were prohibited. The model is outlined and staff and student perspectives on the model are discussed. Recommendations are presented for future School Placement assessment.

Presenters: Leanne Cosgrove & Pauline Logue, Atlantic Technological University, Ireland

Host: Jenni Majuri, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B4-26




PROGRAM A - Workshop: Special Support for International Students (14:00 - 15:30)

Educational institutions get students from all over the world: exchange students, degree programme students, immigrant students etc. Often these students do not speak the language of the country they are studying in well, and as such cannot utilize the same special support mechanisms in cases of, for example, dyslexia, dyscalculia, neuropsychologial issues or even local culture of studying. They may also have other special needs, regarding for example integration and languages. We invite the participants to share the best practices of their educational institutions regarding special support offered especially to international students! Let’s share and learn!

with: Marianna Leikomaa & Sanna Laiho, TAMK

Host: Juha Lahtinen, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-24

PROGRAM B - Workshop: How to Strengthen International Collaboration through the Use of Hybrid or Digital Teaching Options (14:00 - 16:00)

The DAAD-funded project is establishing an international, practice-oriented study programme on the topic of sustainable circular economy. Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany (HsH) manages the project which involves four partner universities: Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Agricultural University of Tirana (Albania), Obuda University (Hungary), Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Colombia). In the workshop topics such as technical requirements especially for hybrid events with a large number of participants, concepts of cooperation, teaching formats, and challenges for teachers and students on the basis of student surveys will be discussed. https://www.hs-hannover.de/internationales/weltweit-vernetzt/internationale-projekte/labi3/

with: Saskia Schwermann & Natalie Janus, Hochschule Hannover, Germany

Host: Jenni Majuri, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room C1-23 (Paja)


TAMK Music Students' Concert

Welcome to the Deluxe Arts ‘N’ Culture Event – embrace the fun side and D.A.N.C.E! You’ll be greeted with great performances from our own talented artists, VJ set, a chill zone close to the bar with Media and Arts students’ video works.

The event is free, there is a 3€ cloak room fee.

Door opens 19:00
The Hops: 20:00 – 20:30
Ükku: 21.00 – 21:30
8th Myth & Invictus: 22:00
Invistus (DJ Set): 23:00

More information available here.

Take your badge with you to enter the concert!

Location: Yo-talo, address Kauppakatu 10

Wednesday, 6th April


Eye on TAMK Seminar: The Power of Digitalisation in HEI

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Main Auditorium D1-04

Note: see the separate programme here




Networking Session

Welcome to network with international colleagues! The purpose is to brainstorm, discuss and find partners for project ideas and research. We will present some TAMK’s top pedagogical project themes as a basis for discussion: Sustainable pedagogy, Diversity and equality.

with Päivi Vartiainen, Eveliina Asikainen & Elina Harju, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-24


HybEdLab - Workspace for the Modern Teacher

This presentation is about new technologies in education very much to do with post-COVID era hybrid pedagogical solutions. The soon to be finished HybEdLab offers tools and facilities for TAMK teachers to experiment with all the latest gadgets and services. Welcome!

Presenter: Mikko Turunen, TAMK

Host: Elina Harju, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-31b


Evening Programme

Location: Nokia Arena, Paidia space, address: Kansikatu 3

Remember to use the Main Entrance door A and be on time! The programme will start at 18:00.

Paidia = The common public research and activity space of Tampere Universities’ community located in Nokia Arena


18:00 Music by TAMK music students

Welcome to Paidia! Ms Carita Prokki, Director, Internationalization and Business Operations, TAMK

Greetings from the City of Tampere! Mr Pekka Salmi, Deputy Mayor

18:30 Snack Dinner prepared by TAMK students

21.00 End of the evening

Note: Evening programme is only for those registered for the Eye on TAMK 2022 international week. Take your badge with you to enter the event!

Thursday, 7th April


PROGRAM A - Workshop: Together Online on the Move

Covid19 poses major challenges for educational institutions around the world. Learning benefits from knowledge exchange, interaction and meeting each other. Since March 2020, the possibilities for face to face interaction in education changed drastically. For Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Wageningen, the teacher training centre for land-based education, the ultimate chance to design and develop online and blended didactics. A practice-oriented study and inventory in the entire team of the university of applied sciences resulted in a didactic approach: ‘SOOS’, a Dutch abbreviation for ‘together online on the move’. A model that allows teachers and trainers to redesign learning-situations in an online or blended environment. An integrated form of educational design, in which knowledge creation, processing, learning activities, collaboration, exchange and interaction need each other and where conscious choices are made for the use of online tools and ‘flipping the classroom’. An approach in which online and physical education reinforce each other. It is a didactic approach that helps to give educational shape to this period, but from which we will undoubtedly also keep something after covid19. And according to the principle ‘teach as you preach’, Aeres also aims to inspire its students to apply this didactics in the vocational schools where they practice their teaching skills.

with: Jan-Willem Noom, Aeres University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Host: Leena Katto, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room C1-22 (Backstage)

PROGRAM B - Workshop: Development and Implementation of a New Curriculum Based on the Principles of High Impact Learning (Douchy) that Lasts and Social Engagement Action Learning

Changes in the world world requires a new way of education . This change story takes place in Fontys department ‘pedagogical science’, one of the largest universities in applied sciences in the Netherlands. This curriculum implementation takes place in Fontys department ‘pedagogical science’ in the Netherlands, situated in four locations (500 students in the first year ). The goal: “to train Pedagogues of the world”. Pedagogues who self-consciously, with knowledge of their profession and based on personal leadership shape their profession. We put people back first, not the system. The development and implementation of this new curricula is based on the principales of High Impacht Learning(Douchy) that Lasts and social engagement action learning. A challenging change that we are shaping through ‘appreciative inquiry’ and learning communities. Appreciative inquiry, to build on the working factors with respect for the past. And learning communities to put change into action immediately. . All actors are involved: management, coaches, students, professionals form the pedagogical field. The experiences and stories of the actors are paramount. Together we will look for the effective factors of this change process, but we will also consider the challenges and how we have dealt with them. In addition, by analogy with ‘appreciative research’, we also try to include the creative phase in this story, we provide an image in order to connect with the perception of each actor. The power of this story can be found in the learning communities, in this way we can work bottom-up and ‘appreciative’ learning; the vision on learning pushes the vision on organizing and we work with deep support. A clear playing field elicits responsibility and co-creation from people. Can you tell us a story… welcome to our story! We are in the process of making a documentary about our curricula. It is almost finished, we can send it later

with: Maaike De Koning, Yves Vennekens & Suzanne Koudijzer, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Host: Jenni Majuri, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room C4-04a




Use of LMS in Education: Experience with Online Teaching at CULS during a Pandemic

Use of a combination of LMS Moodle and MS Office in communication with students during teaching and in the exam period.

Presenter: Jiri Mach, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, the Czech Republic

Host: Elina Harju, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room C1-22 (Backstage)


Breaking News from Education Wonderland: Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences Working Together - a Perfect Match?

We would like to discuss our research, find possible partners or persons interested in cooperation research. The abstract of our study is: Universities and universities of applied sciences form the higher education sector in Finland. Both HE institutions have their history and educational purposes. New HE communities in which both sectors cooperate were formed in the latest reform. We are interested in cooperation taking place inside four such communities. We focus on promoters of and obstacles to feelings of belonging and try to see through stories what the situation is in these new communities as regards working together. The research question is: which are the promoters of and obstacles to communality in merged higher education institutions in Finland. The data consists of 37 key persons’ interviews and five written answers. The analysis method is discursive-narrative approach which bases on qualitative content analysis (Syrjäläinen, 1994). First, the main categories were identified. After that, the same pieces of interviews were put together and we started to construct stories which we describe here as story types. Four story types which promote communality were identified: spaces, me as a team member, shared goals and action. Eight stories which prevent communality were missing focus, left outside, lack of trust, too much speed, will, beliefs of us and them, spaces and what is left unsaid. We conclude by a note that it is possible to identify the collegium spaces recognized by Alleman, Cliburn Allen and Haviland (2017) in the Finnish scale too. However, there is a need for will and time for all that.

Presenters: Annukka Tapani & Merja Sinkkonen, TAMK

Host: Elina Harju, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room C1-22 (Backstage)


The Authentic Tampere Sauna Experience

The Teacher Education track and Languages & Communication track will join together for Thursday night’s highlight: the famous Finnish sauna experience! This is something you just can’t go home without. Taking a dip in the cool water after a hot sauna gives you a feeling you just can’t compare to anything else in the world. To give you as authentic experience as possible, we’re using our famous public saunas. Tampere is the Sauna Capital of the World (https://visittampere.fi/en/sauna-capital/), and we have over 50 public saunas that are in constant use by people living here.

We have selected three saunas for you this evening (Rauhaniemi, Kaupinoja and Kuuma). There will be a TAMK host in front of each sauna at 18:00 to accompany you, and the sauna fee will be covered by us. Because we are quite many and the saunas have limited space, we’re going to divide ourselves so that no more than 20 people will go to the same sauna – there is a separate registration for this sent via email. Please let the organisers know if you haven’t received the email.

Bring your own swimsuit and towel!


Rauhaniemi (https://visittampere.fi/en/venues/rauhaniemi-public-sauna/)

Kaupinoja (https://visittampere.fi/en/venues/kaupinoja-sauna/)

Kuuma (https://visittampere.fi/en/venues/sauna-restaurant-kuuma/)

Friday, 8th April


Learning Together in Time of Hybrid Communities

The presentation will explore the issues of building learning communities within working life and educational contexts in the time of hybrid communities, offer insights based on multidisciplinary research and experience on how to work and learn effectively in them, and engage in dialogue about a sustainable future for organisational and professional learning and competence development.

Presenter: Timo Nevalainen, TAMK

Host: Hanna Teräs, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B5-22


ENTER Network Online Seminar: Pedagogical Best Practices: Supporting Student Wellbeing

The ENTER network and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) welcome all educators to the online seminar on April 8th 2022, 9–10.30 AM (CET). The topic of the seminar is Pedagogical Best Practices: Supporting Student Well-being.


Welcoming words from the ENTER Network, Jan-Willem Noom (Aeres University of Applied Sciences Wageningen) and Beate Kralicek (University College for Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy)

Supporting undergraduates’ well-being in a living-learning community: A case study, Swee Kit Alan Soong and Andi Sudjana Putra (National University of Singapore)

Students’ Self-directed Learning in the Context of Motivation: LLU Case, Baiba Briede (Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies)

Summary and closing words, Jan-Willem Noom and Beate Kralicek

Hosts: Jan-Willem Noom, Beate Kralicek, Leena Katto & Sanna Ruhalahti

Location: ZOOM https://tuni.zoom.us/s/64374891430

More information


Closing of the Week and "Graduation" Ceremony with Coffee and Cake

Location: Room 1/2 Q at TAMK Main Campus Restaurant, Kuntokatu 3