Learning of Expertise: The Journey From Being a Novice to an Expert

Learning in our master program is unique.

We had very few traditional form of lectures.

Only twice written final exams.

Most of the learning were designed to be done by DOING.

In our Learning of Expertise course, we were experiencing the process related to knowledge transfer from novice to expert. Students are expected to identify and develop their expertise from the course.

Educational Project Spring 2017: Digital Signage for School

Educational technology equipment requires a plan consists of pedagogical and technical scripts to guide the implementation of technology-enhanced learning. We, therefore, intend to provide a solution by constructing a guidebook for teachers in developing content for school’s digital signage. The project involves concepts of creative collaboration and co-designing in a framework of 21st-century education, to support the children of an elementary school to display their artwork using the digital signage provided by the school. Teachers take the role of facilitator and assistant in the learning process. With the plan, we can invoke the well functioning learning environments to promote interaction, participation and community building of knowledge as emphasised by Finnish National Core Curriculum for Basic Education 2014.





Oulun Normaalikoulu is upgrading and expanding their digital signage televisions around the school. One of their intentions is to set up a ‘Live Feeding Display’ for students to stream presentation or activities in the classroom around the school, using the digital signage. This is aligned with the message from Finnish new curriculum: Well-functioning learning environments promote interaction, participation and communal building of knowledge (Finnish National Core Curriculum for Basic Education, 2014).

Our project is to produce a guidebook for teachers in developing content for the digital signage. The guidebook consists of both pedagogical and technical scripts, based on the 21st-century educational framework, creative collaboration, and co-designing.


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Flipped Classroom: Designing Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL)

This semester, we are using the Claned as our learning platform, specifically to test the collaborative learning features on it. In ‘Designing Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL)’ course, articles are shared on Claned, we can read and highlights the text, seen by other collaborators when switched on, commenting and many other features that make reading a journal article more interactive and engaging.

Introduction to Learning and Educational Technology for Teachers


One of the introductory courses assigned to us, the new LET students, Autumn 2016 is the Introduction to Learning and Educational Technology (INTRO). The course is divided into two sections, one on the theoretical aspect of learning, conducted by Hany Hachem, and the practical aspect of educational technology (the workshop), conducted by Jari Laru.

Self Regulated Learning to Transform Teacher Centered Setting


In Khalifah Model School (Secondary), when we transformed the school system from teacher-centered essentialism to student-centered progressivism, we believed that this transformation will help to save our students from being victimised by public education that concentrates a lot on low order thinking skills, mainly memorising and understanding. The transformation involved a lot of different approaches in teaching. In the new setting, students are supposed to take charge of their own learning, with teachers changing their role from being the ‘expert’ in content to the expert in designing a learning activity.

Socrative and My Kids: How Pupils React to Technology


“Okay kids, see you in the evening!” I stepped out from our apartment heading to the university.

It’s the first day I left my wife and kids at our new home in Finland, while attending my morning classes at Linnanmaa campus, one class at 8:15 in the morning on the Introduction to Learning and Educational Technology, and another one at 10:15, our class on Survival Finnish Language. There will be around two hours break before another meeting with my Demola Oulu project at 2pm in the City Centre.

Getting to Know the Collaborative Learning

Collaborative Learning: a joint intellectual effort by students, sometimes with the instructor, searching for understanding, solutions or meanings or creating a product [LET 2016, Oulun Yliopisto]
Collaborative Learning: a joint intellectual effort by students, sometimes with the instructor, searching for understanding, solutions or meanings or creating a product [LET 2016, Oulun Yliopisto]

Learning, Education and Technology (LET) program is built on three major themes and they are (i) collaborative learning (ii) self regulated learning, and (iii) learning of expertise. During this first one month of the program, we had several sessions to make ourselves familiar with collaborative learning. Hany Hachem helped us a lot introducing the concept. Instead of explaining them in lectures, he designed the sessions into many different types of collaboration which we do them ourselves, and reflect them each time the session ended.

My Journey to Oulu

Learning, Education and Technology, the University of Oulu, Finland

After completing Helsinki Summer School in 2015, I had a strong feeling towards Finnish education system. The course intensively introduced us to the system, and we were fortunate enough to spend a day in Puistolan Peruskoulu, meeting teachers, pupils and the leadership team in that comprehensive school. I graduated from the course with a strong determination to go home and work on improving Khalifah Model School, both primary and secondary, to genuinely become a model school.

The idea is simple.