8.12. 2015 program

Hello hello!

We will meet online on Tuesday Dec 8th at 12:30. Prepare to explain your VOC 11-15 module for the rest of the group. You have max 20 minutes to present your paln and tasks. Please leave time for q&a.


The program

Tutoring issues
Anja: Pecha Kucha
VOC 11 General presentation, q&a
VOC 12 General presentation, q&a
VOC 13 General presentation, q&a


VOC 14 General presentation, q&a
VOC 15 General presentation, q&a

EduLAB study paths / options in the spring 2016
Teaching practice info
Elective studies info


Theme 10 instructions updated

Check the topic: https://edulaboulu.wordpress.com/voc-1-10/theme-10-2/

Get ready for our pecha kucha day online!

Creative people (like teachers) talk pretty often too much! Give a microphone and some images to a teacher– and they’ll go on forever!

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.

Turns will be drawn in the name of fairness 🙂

Keep it simple – lions!


Peer review of portfolios

We’re about half way through with VOC and it’s time to check out how you guys are doing with your portfolios / blogs. Naturally, it’s an ongoing process: people may be updating some posts, you may have decided to publish some now and add pics/links/videos later, and so on. Still, it’s important to see that you all are on board, keep up with the time and get feedback.

Is this peer review assessment, evaluation or feedback? These terms are close to each other. Which one are we doing now? We will return to these issues in our VOC sessions but I would certainly call this peer review constructive feedback.

Competence-based education

Remember, we are aiming at competence-based education.
Your blog should be document your learning process of developing your competence as a vocational teacher. So as a reviewer, your challenge is to recognize the writer’s competence – or at least the developement towards the goal.

Does he/she understand the VOC themes so far? If not, what seems to be unclear?
Can writer make connections between the topic and vocational education / teaching vocational students / learning in a working life context? What kind of real life examples are there in the posts? What is writer’s personal experience regarding the matters at hand?

Can reviewer recognize writer’s learning (process)? A change of attitude? Ideas how to implement the ideas into teaching and learning? What reveals the learning?

I think these are questions that I hope every students could give answers in their posts. It’s not a matter of looking every post through a magnifying class but every time you see something interesting or really good – let writer know that. If you as a reviewer can ask a question that challenges the writer to elaborate more – ask it!

Interactivity and online writing

Is writer reflecting the process of working with own study group and co-operative teaching? Are there references to other people’s blogs for example? Is writer trying to build connections with the learning community? Is there activity in the comments? Is writer replying the comments?

Since we are working on an online platform, some effort should be put on the visuals and technical issues. Are the links working? Is the blog visually interesting and supporting the content? Are the material links easily found? If writer is telling about particular prezi presentation, that prezi should be linked.

We can also make note on possible copyright issues or netiquette if needed.

Sources and siting

Like in the previous point about linking to the content, you should also check if particular info and claims are backed with literature / learning material. If writer name drops particular figures or theories, they should be sited correctly.

Not every post needs to be argued with academic references but some should be used to show that the writer has familiarized his/herself with the background info. Hopefully everyone has a little bit more interest in the VOC issues that they read more than just a couple power point slides.

As a reviewer, you even recommend good reading material or challenge to comment something that was not discussed.

As a reviewer, you give constructive criticism and help the writer’s learning process. This should be done in good spirits and in a helpful manner and honestly.

If you can say your feedback publicly, do so, just read the previous sentence.
If you need to ask something privately from the writer, do it.

And writer’s, please do reply and react to your feedback.

Time to get busy!

…for me, that is.

Cheers everyone! Greetings from ATEE conference in Glasgow where Juha and I were presenting a paper of our ongoing research on video pedagogy in competence-based teacher education.

Network connection was what it was, therefore our online presence for EduLab wasn’t great this week.

I’ll start reading blogs and updating EduLab website. First thing I did was the quick links to pages that you guys seem to access the most. Please remeber that this site is our tool. Based on your input and feedback we make updates to the look of the site and include info that you may need. If something needs to change, we’ll change it.

Have a good weekend!



Virtual test sesion

Thursday June 18th was our first virtual session. As promised we presented the AC system and the opportunities to mess up (in a safe environment)! We also tried a few online learning activities that are linked later in this post.

Here are the links to the sessions:



And here are the learning tasks. Please check out each one and try to contribute at least one idea in all of them.

Concept of “vocational pedagogy”
Use THIS POPPLET to build a mind map about things linked to the vocational pedagogy.
You need to sign up and ask for an invitation (try our Facebook group)

Discussion about e-learning in general
Make sure you know what “SWOT” analysis is!
Use GOOGLE SLIDES to document the SWOT of e-learning.

Discussion about learning contract
Use GOOGLE DOCS to write a statement together. What are the things we can set up as rules for our group? What kind of commitment to the group can be expected? What kind of things should group / individual take care to help the learning process?

How do you yourselves, as adult learners learn the best?
What past learning experiences are useful to your individual learning process?
What studying advice could you give based on your own experiences?
Share ideas at a PADLET WALL

Virtual test session

Hey hey hey!

June 18th is our AC test session. Login at 12:30.
Be prepared. You will need:

-WORKING net connection
-a laptop or desktop computer (no mobile participation)
-to make sure your computer programs are up to date (drivers, flash, updates…)
-place where you can talk and participate without worrying outside distractions
-headset microphone with usb connector
-AC address
-…nerves, stamina, self-efficacy…help… 😉

Self assessment, PSP and discussion with a tutor

VOC individual tasks

After each VOC (vocational pedagogy) theme write a reflective post about the topics of the day.
This way you should document your learning process throughout the studies.

The post should be reflective writing. (Not just a list of things that happened or same material that was already shared.)
It should highlight your understanding and experinces that are linked to the theme. You can refer to the virtual session and the study material that was used. Insert images, news, links and videos into your post – get to know what it means to write online. (Verkkokirjoittaminen)

You should take a look at the sources yourself and comment the material. Make sure you know how to correctly site and refer published material.

Your blog posts should document your learning process. They should show your competence and your understanding of the themes.

Micro lessons -page published, tasks to be announced in AC meeting

Micro lessons are crated in with a pair or indiviually.
The format of the lesson is open, but you must provide it online and students must be able to participate it without live action.

You must

1. Study the content
2. Prapare an online lesson, teaching activity (for example video lecture, questionnaire, pre-selected reading material with activating questions…)
3. Set the deadline
4. Publish your online lesson and inform the address on our Facebook group. We will put the links on this page as well.
5. Track the progress of learning activity (and remind students who might not be participating in time)
6. Give feedback or report of the learning activity