Second Impressions

Group work

Collaboration on it’s best – adding ideas on top of another

Learning feels great – that’s EduLab Spirit!

Don’t think about the tasks ahead as a load – think about the things that you’ve achieved to get this far!

Let’s kick ass!

Challenge not only your self but also your group! It’s not co-ordinator’s task to take care of grown ups like a mother. Everyone has the right to demand group to act as agreed.

Your learning paths will be only as good as your group decides it to be. Learning in a lab is group work and there isn’t an option available to toddle this trip alone.


Respect your peer students. Teachers. BE ON TIME!

Teaching Online – Technical Tips

5-17-3 stands for 5 minutes introduction, 17 minutes for different tasks and learning activities and 3 for closing.

Share tasks during an online session:If one of you is teaching can the other one (this case a person from another group) guide with voice settings, or search for the missing student online. Teaching as a pair is even more fun! This also helps you to keep up with schedule and lets everyone focus in teaching/ learning activities.

If you are not able to send video when it’s your turn to teach, start by telling who’s talking. It’s polite to clarify who’s in charge – on online session it’s not always obvious. It’s nice and personal if you’ll share an idea for the audience where you are at the moment if there is no picture. You can also mention if there will be some challenges with your connection, so that rest of the group is able to react if something happens. Today conversation went smoothly on with out the teacher in a room.

AC Layouts:

Upload your materials beforehand

Learn how to create different, personal layouts

Reconsider different layouts for different meetings: sometimes it may enhance discussion if you hide the chat, but then you’ll have to secure that everyone has access to the voice over. There is no other means to communicate in the group (not even with the host) if you’ll block the chat.

Make sure that you’ll select the best layout to facilitate learning: sometimes there’ll be several activities in use simultaneously.

Ensure that your slides or any other document is perfectly fitted in the window. Will there be mobile participants or are you planning to share a recording.


Remember to push record 🙂

A good recording shows more than empty share pod and a list of attendees.

Learn how to share your screen or a document.

Fit the document to the pod: practice different settings

If your presentation is on Google Drive you have two options:

  • Share your screen (active platforms like games and paddlets)
  • Download material from Drive on your desktop and upload it to AC

Adobe Connect Add-in helps you toggle between different AC-functions even when sharing your desktop.

Did I get everything? Please comment if something is missing!!!

Keep up the good work and spirit!


Reflecting on your study process

After each study sessions you need to reflect the study process and the topics of the day in your blog. This reflective work is important in documenting your understanding, experiences and development in matters relating vocational pedagogy.

We record the AC-sessions and other social media platforms also document your work. Link those into your blog post and use them as a reference for your reflection.

What should I reflect in order to document my study process or to show my competence?

First impressions and comments on online teaching:

Keep it simple!

Show up early!

Push record 🙂

Plan in advance.

Follow the table, be careful.

Double check if you have the right people in the room.

If you want others to activate before the session, make sure you let them know what you expect from them. Choose your words carefully. Control if needed.

Plenty of activities simultaneously can be difficult to handle.

Practice and train different tools and functions – test different options with your group and use them even as your rehearsal audience.

Check the connections, apps and platforms.

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

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