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  • Marttila, Sari (Helsingfors universitet, 2014)
    Objective. The objective of this study is to investigate the use of online learning journals in the context of vocational adult education. The research questions were: What was the meaning of online learning journals for students learning? What aspects influenced the learning experience of students when using online learning journals as part of the activities of the communities of practice? The writing of learning journals was studied using Bereiter and Scardamalia's (1987) theory of writing as knowledge telling and knowledge transformation. Online learning journals were studied as part of activities in communities of practice. They were regarded as artifacts that supported the activities of a community. In the courses investigated blogs were used to facilitate the learning journals and online learning journals were used according to blended learning tradition. Methods. The views of students of three Jollas Institute training courses were studied. Eleven students were interviewed and the information was complemented with interviews of three instructors. Interviews were conducted as focused interviews and the material was analyzed using inductive content analysis. Outcomes and conclusions. Online learning journals had a major impact on students learning. Writing and reading learning journals helped to revise course content, to share experiences and to clarify thoughts. Learning from face-to-face meetings was enhanced by writing the online learning journal. Online learning journals worked as a good tool for the communities of practice. With them students could read and comment on each other's postings. It was important that only the members of the class saw the online learning journals. This created a safe environment to write and comment. Learning assignments can be submitted into the online learning journal. The best kinds of assignments for this are those with concrete subjects that encourage sharing experiences and giving ones opinions. Writing was improved if it was not instructed too precisely and when the grammar did not need to be flawless. The use of online learning journals can be activated by submitting all the assignments into the journal. When using online learning journals, special attention should be paid to creating a closed and safe learning environment, to integrate work based learning with learning journals and to ensure that the technical environment functions well and that it supports the activities of a community. Instructors should play an active role.
  • Kiukkonen, Teo (Helsingin yliopisto, 2019)
    Aims The aim of this study is to examine how technology is utilized in music teaching on a primary school level. Basic education curriculum 2014 emphasizes the use of information and communication technology in teaching and learning. Utilizing technology in teaching has become more common in primary schools which makes this study is very topical. I aim to support my study with the theories of blended learning and constructivism as a learning process. As technology becomes more common it offers many new ways to teach music, but does the present day teachers has the means and knowledge to really utilize the possibilities this technology may offer in teaching? Methods In this qualitative study my method of study was theory based content analysis, in which interviewing eight primary school teachers from Helsinki provided the data of the study. Five of the interviewees were class teachers and three were a subject teacher in music. The data was supported by the theories of blended learning and constructivism as a learning process. The data was also compared to the basic education curriculum 2014 on the subject of music missions, goals and contents in the grades 3–6. In this study comparing the data from the interviews to the base theories concluded the results. Results and conclusions The results of this study showed that utilizing technology in teaching music has offered the teachers a new kind of way to teach music in primary schools. This teaching method has provided positive learning experiences for the students and also for the teachers. It has also motivated the students to learn music. Schools resources, teachers own knowledge, lack of study material and training on the subject affect on how technology is ultimately utilized in teaching.
  • Fredriksson, Marketta (Helsingin yliopisto, 2018)
    The explosion of the international networking and the rapid development of mobile networks challenges the learning process to take place in the Internet. E-learning is a central aspect in the international educational cooperation. Due to the exponential growth of higher education in the developing countries, the quality of education is more important than ever. There is an immediate need for the reliable research evidence for well-designed online education in the developing and politically unstable countries, where the development aid is targeted. The combination of the exponentially increased demand for the higher education and rapid development of mobile technology requires all parties of the co-operation to map out the success factors of online education as well as investments based on research data and training to work in the online environment. In this thesis, the challenges and possibilities of online education in Kenya were mapped out and the results of analysis led to identifying the success factors. The research method was an integrative literature review. The information retrieval covered multiple databases and was carried out extensively with explicitly executed literature searches. The searches from relevant databases were conducted and finally 17 articles were included in the review. The chosen articles for the review were identified on the screening process according to inclusion criteria and analyzed with a theory driven content analysis. The analysis was based on literature related to the current state of the e-learning infrastructure and e-readiness of universities in Kenya. Analysis resulted in five dimensions which contributed the research problem. The analysis highlighted how the technological, operational, pedagogical, social and impact factors were affecting the success. The review exposed the central challenges that should be taken into special consideration, when planning the pedagogical and technical implementation as well as resourcing of the online education projects in eastern Africa. The results can be utilized in the education field in development projects and in planning of international joint degrees. The majority of challenges in the blended learning education are related to scarce resources, the weakness of infrastructure and rapidly growing number of students. In a country like Kenya, it is rough for a university to cope with these challenges alone.
  • Brooks, Elina (Helsingin yliopisto, 2018)
    The objective of this thesis (study) is to find out if a web-based learning concept is effective in a subject matter that is traditionally taught in contact where the core of the learning pro-cess has been direct feedback, individual homework, and correcting student performance. The theoretical background of this survey/study is based on the theories and studies of learning environments, blended learning, and adult pedagogy. In recent years a lot of web-based studying and teaching materials have been created, for example YouTube has many educational videos for specific skills that are available for all. Alongside these kind of medias, entire music education learning environments are starting to emerge. In this study I have examined one of them, a Finnish web-based music school, Rockway. The goal has been to survey what sort of experiences students have had involv-ing the teaching material, user friendliness, and the quality of teaching. The second subject of this study has been finding out how the Rockway web-based learning environment works as part of the blended learning, where information can be acquired through many different channels, or how it works as a sole form of independent music studies. Methods: The research material has been gathered through a web-based e-form, which was sent to users of in the summer 2017, and the survey ended in March 2018. Alto-gether, 75 Rockway-users answered the e-survey. The research material has been ana-lyzed mainly with descriptively quantitative frequency charts, which the open-ended answer descriptions reinforce. Results and conclusions: The results of the study are encouraging from the view of the web-based music studies development. The students were relatively satisfied with the web-learning service. They felt that they had improved in their instrument skills, and they had received assessment tools for evaluating their own musical skills. The Rockway service was user-friendly. However, a portion of the students emphasized that the web-based in-struction can never fully replace the contact teaching. There is a demand for developing the web-based learning platform that offers more interactive and blended learning environ-ments, where the web-based learning can be blended into contact situations.