I have decided to leave Tallinn University, because my job started to take more time than I was able to contribute. After moving to Helsinki in January 2004 I continued to work in TLU Department of Informatics as a visiting teacher. Since October 2004 I had a part time position as a research associate. My main task was to teach Media Technology course in Media Studies minor program. I was also involved in various ongoing projects (IVA, Krihvel, development of new MA curriculum) and preparation of new projects (ePEIA, Koolisimu).
I realised that I will not graduate my doctoral studies on time if I continue to be involved in so many activities. Fortunately I managed to find a good replacement for me. Birgy Lorenz, who was the first MA student under my supervision, will continue to teach Media Technology course.
I am very happy that the department of informatics is moving in good direction. Next autumn they will start an international new media master program. Centre for Educational Technology that is very active in R&D projects will soon join the department of informatics.
I will continue to work with two projects that are very important for me – VIKO learning environment and Vabavere blog. I hope that this year I manage to establish a community around Vabavere. I will also continue to supervise 3 MA and 2 BA students, but I do not plan to take any new students.
For practical reasons I have to have a small part time job in Estonia. I will return to Tallinn Lillekyla Gymnasium, where I started as an IT manager in 1999. This is one of the most innovative schools in Estonia. My new position there will be a project manager. This is not a common position in Estonian schools, but I want to distance myself from IT. I hope that I can help teachers to introduce new media and social software into their teaching practices and help to start a lot of interesting projects. Lillekyla is also a perfect testbed for CALIBRATE Toolbox – a project, in which I am doing my doctoral work.
After graduating my doctoral studies (hopefully in 2008) I plan to return to Tallinn University.