I have a background in general psychology, computer science and sociology. From the beginning of 80s I have worked as an in-service teacher trainer in the areas of computer aided instruction and advances of educational practices with modern technology, and as a consultant of various work organizations in the areas of ICT-training and changes of learning and working practices with technology. Part of this work has been conducted in a Finnish company (Heuristica Oy) that I share with a close collaborator. Currently I work part time as a project researcher at the Technology in Education Research Group (TEdu), University of Helsinki. I made my Ph.D. about teachers’ practices in scaffolding and organizing computer-supported collaborative inquiry. I have participated in various national and international research and development projects concerning school development, students’ and teachers’ ICT skills, digital learning materials, teachers' practices in computer-supported learning, etc. My main research interest is teachers' pedagogical practices in technology-enhanced collaborative knowledge creation.
Favourite e-learning resources
The website of Fostering ICT Usages in pedagogical Practices project (FICTUP), http://www.fictup-project.eu/
The project aimed at creating innovative training materials describing concrete pedagogical activities using ICT, experimenting a close tutoring process among expert and novice teachers, and providing training institutions with some recommendations based on the experimentations.
See especially the training materials from two Finnish pedagogical cases:
- Exploring growth factors - Applying inquiry learning and virtual forums, http://www.fictup-project.eu/index.php/Exploring_growth_factors._Applying_inquiry_learning_and_virtual_forums
- School children’s Web journal - Publishing with Magazine Factory tool, http://www.fictup-project.eu/index.php/School_children%E2%80%99s_Web_journal._Publishing_with_Magazine_Factory_tool
The website of Knowledge Practices Laboratory project (KP-Lab), http://www.kp-lab.org
KP-Lab was an EU-funded integrated project (2006-2011) that focused on creating a learning system (on Open Source basis) aimed at facilitating innovative practices of sharing, creating and working with knowledge in education and workplaces. See also the Knowledge Practices Environment (KPE) developed during the project: http://2d.mobile.evtek.fi/help/index.php/KP-Environment_Tools, and the portal for project outcomes: http://www.knowledgepractices.info/
Centre for Research on Networked Learning and Knowledge Building, http://www.helsinki.fi/science/networkedlearning/
My previous research group at the University of Helsinki that carried out studies related to collaborative learning and methods and practices of using information and communication technology in educational institutes, universities, and enterprises.
A healthy meal
An interactive educational program designed to aid in preparing a meal for different case-subjects following nutritional recommendations.
In English: http://www.edu.fi/oppimateriaalit/healthy_meal/
Muukkonen, H., Lakkala, M., & Paavola, S. (2011). Promoting knowledge creation and object-oriented inquiry in university courses (pp. 172–189). In S. Ludvigsen, A. Lund, I. Rasmussen & R. Säljö (Eds.), Learning across sites: New tools, infrastructures and practices. Earli series: New perspectives on learning and instruction. New York, NY: Routledge.
Kosonen, K., Lakkala, M., & Hakkarainen, K. (in press). Guiding a blind reader’s strategic questioning in processing expository texts. Yearbook of Idiographic Science.
Lakkala, M. (2010). How to design educational settings to promote collaborative inquiry: Pedagogical infrastructures for technology-enhanced progressive inquiry. Doctoral dissertation. University of Helsinki, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Studies in Psychology 66. Helsinki: Helsinki University Print. Available online: https://oa.doria.fi/handle/10024/59552
Lakkala, M., Ilomäki, L. & Kosonen, K. (2010). From instructional design to setting up pedagogical infrastructures: Designing technology-enhanced knowledge creation. In B. Ertl (Ed.), Technologies and practices for constructing knowledge in online environments: Advancements in learning (pp. 169-185). New York: Information Science Reference. Draft available online: http://helsinki.academia.edu/MinnaLakkala/Papers/315903/From_instructional_design_to_setting_up_pedagogical_infrastructures_Designing_technology-enhanced_knowledge_creation
Muukkonen, H., Lakkala, M., Kaistinen, J., & Nyman, G. (2010). Knowledge creating inquiry in a distributed project management course. Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, 5(2), 1-24.
Kosonen, K., Lakkala, M., & Hakkarainen, K. (2010). Providing an orientation basis for a young blind reader’s structuring interaction with expository texts. Outlines. Critical Practice Studies, 1, 24–41. Available online: http://ojs.statsbiblioteket.dk/index.php/outlines/article/view/2843/2444
Lakkala, M., Paavola, S., Kosonen, K., Muukkonen, H., Bauters, M., & Markkanen, H. (2009). Main functionalities of the Knowledge Practices Environment (KPE) affording knowledge creation practices in education. In C. O'Malley, D. Suthers, P. Reimann, & A. Dimitracopoulou (Eds.), Computer supported collaborative learning practices: CSCL2009 conference proceedings (pp. 297-306). Rhodes, Creek: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS). Draft available online: http://www.helsinki.fi/science/networkedlearning/texts/Lakkala_et_al_2009_KPE_cscl09.pdf
Muukkonen, H., & Lakkala, M. (2009). Exploring metaskills of knowledge-creating inquiry in higher education. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 4(2), 187–211.
Muukkonen, H., Lakkala, M., & Hakkarainen, K. (2009). Technology-enhanced progressive inquiry in higher education. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology I-V. 2nd edition (pp. 3714-3720). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
Lakkala, M., Muukkonen, H., Paavola, S., & Hakkarainen, K. (2008). Designing pedagogical infrastructures in university courses for technology-enhanced collaborative inquiry. Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, 3(1), 33–64. Available online: http://www.helsinki.fi/science/networkedlearning/texts/Lakkalaetal_2008.pdf
Lakkala, M., Ilomäki, L., & Palonen, T. (2007). Implementing virtual, collaborative inquiry practices in a middle school context. Behaviour & Information Technology, 26(1), 37-53. Available online: http://www.helsinki.fi/science/networkedlearning/texts/LakkalaIlomakiPalonen_BIT2007.pdf
Ilomäki, L., Lakkala, M., & Paavola, S. (2006). Case studies of learning objects used in school settings. Learning, Media, and Technology, 31(3), 249-267.
Lakkala, M., Lallimo, J., & Hakkarainen, K. (2005). Teachers’ pedagogical designs for technology-supported collective inquiry: A national case study. Computers & Education, 45(3), 337-356. Available online: http://www.helsinki.fi/science/networkedlearning/material/LakkalaLallimoHakkarainen2005.pdf
Lakkala, M., Muukkonen, H., & Hakkarainen, K. (2005). Patterns of scaffolding in computer-mediated collaborative inquiry. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnerships in Learning, 13(2), 281–300. Available online: http://www.helsinki.fi/science/networkedlearning/texts/LakkalaMuukkonenHakkarainen_2005.pdf
Kollias, V., Mamalougos, N., Vamvakoussi, X., Lakkala, M., & Vosniadou, S. (2005). Teachers’ conceptions of virtual environments in the context of an international implementation. Computers & Education, 45(3), 295–315.
Muukkonen, H., Lakkala, M., & Hakkarainen, K. (2005). Technology-mediation and tutoring: how do they shape progressive inquiry discourse? The Journal of the Learning Sciences, 14(4), 527–565. Available online: http://www.leaonline.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1207/s15327809jls1404_3
Ilomäki, L., Lakkala, M., & Lehtinen, E. (2004). A case study about ICT adoption within a teacher community at a Finnish lower secondary school. Education, Communication & Information, 4(1), 53-69.
Ilomäki, L., & Lakkala, M. (Eds.) (2003). Computers in school's daily life. A final report of the Educational Technology Project of City of Helsinki 1996-2000. City of Helsinki Publication Series A3:2003. Available online: http://www.hel.fi/wps/wcm/connect/6102f8004a177f2c9b8cfb3d8d1d4668/Loppuraportti_eng.pdf?MOD=AJPERES
Hakkarainen, K., Ilomäki, L., Lipponen, L., Muukkonen, H., Rahikainen, M., Tuominen, T., Lakkala, M., & Lehtinen, E. (2000). Students' skills and practices of using ICT: Results of a national assessment in Finland. Computers & Education, 34(2), 103-117.
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