This week I am at the NBE2011 conference in Salla, Lapland. This is a small conference that has a quite broad focus on social media and learning. We submitted a paper about the pedagogical design challenges of open online courses. In our paper we compared three cases: Composing free and open online educational resources course that I did with Teemu Leinonen in 2008, Learning Environments and Learning Networks course that I did with Terje VÃ¤ljataga in 2010 and Learning and Knowledge Analytics course that I participated this year. Our paper is published in the conference proceedings:
VÃ¤ljataga, T., PÃµldoja, H., Laanpere, M. (2011). Open Online Courses: Responding to Design Challenges. In H. Ruokamo, M. Eriksson, L. Pekkala, & H. VuojÃ¤rvi (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th International Network-Based Education 2011 Conference The Social Media in the Middle of Nowhere (pp. 68-75). Rovaniemi: University of Lapland. [Online]
One of the reasons for coming to NBE conference was to see the beautiful summer in Lapland. I came here with four of my colleagues and we had a nice car trip through the Finland. Salla is a little bit north from the arctic circle and it is currently the time of polar day. Unfortunately the weather is cloudy and we canâ€™t see the sun during nighttime. Salla area has more reindeers than people. I have already managed to capture one of them on the photo.