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 Väljataga in 2010 and Learning and Knowledge Analytics course that I participated this year. Our paper is published in the conference proceedings:
Väljataga, T., Põldoja, H., Laanpere, M. (2011). Open Online Courses: Responding to Design Challenges. In H. Ruokamo, M. Eriksson, L. Pekkala, & H. Vuojärvi (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 can’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.