Dissertation submitted for pre-examination

Today I submitted the manuscript of my doctoral dissertation for pre-examination at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

The Structure and Components for the Open Education Ecosystem
Constructive Design Research of Online Learning Tools


This research studies the design of online learning tools for open education. The dissertation is based on five articles and design case studies that explore open education from different perspectives: open educational resources, open learning environments, and assessment of teachers’ competencies. The underlying concept of the study is the open education ecosystem. The study explores the ways in which the design of online learning tools could benefit from the digital ecosystems approach. The design of online learning tools for open education presents wicked problems, that involve ill-defined requirements and contemplates the influence on and by the stakeholders and other components of the ecosystem. Firstly, to clarify the design challenges related to the open education ecosystem, this study summarizes a set of design challenges presented in design case studies. Secondly, it identifies and recommends a set of design patterns that address these design challenges. Finally, the study proposes the structure and components that are needed for the open education ecosystem.

Original articles:

  • Põldoja, H., Leinonen, T., Väljataga, T., Ellonen, A., & Priha, M. (2006). Progressive Inquiry Learning Object Templates (PILOT). International Journal on E-Learning, 5(1), 103–111.
  • Leinonen, T., Purma, J., Põldoja, H., & Toikkanen, T. (2010). Information Architecture and Design Solutions Scaffolding Authoring of Open Educational Resources. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 3(2), 116–128. http://doi.org/10.1109/TLT.2010.2
  • Põldoja, H., Duval, E., & Leinonen, T. (2016). Design and evaluation of an online tool for open learning with blogs. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 32(2), 64–81. http://dx.doi.org/10.14742/ajet.2450
  • Põldoja, H., & Väljataga, T. (2010). Externalization of a PLE: Conceptual Design of LeContract. In The PLE 2010 Conference Proceedings. Barcelona: Citilab. Retrieved from http://pleconference.citilab.eu/cas/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/ple2010_submission_68.pdf
  • Põldoja, H., Väljataga, T., Laanpere, M., & Tammets, K. (2014). Web-based self- and peer-assessment of teachers’ digital competencies. World Wide Web, 17(2), 255–269. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11280-012-0176-2
This entry was posted in Doctoral research. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Dissertation submitted for pre-examination

  1. Kakk says:

    Good luck!

Comments are closed.