Terje Väljataga

Terje Väljataga
Tallinn University | TLU · CET

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Prior findings highlight school students’ low motivation to study science, while 21st-century education aims to achieve their key competencies: scientific literacy and autonomous problem-solving to be prepared for smooth adaption to quickly changing circumstances. Real-life learning scenarios can meet these shortfalls to engage the learners by the...
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This study explores schools’ digital maturity self-evaluation reports’ data from Estonia. Based on quantitative data (N = 499) the schools that attempt digital transformation were clustered into three successive digital improvement types. The paper describes 3 main patterns of school improvement in different phases of innovative change: classroom i...
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Using mobile technologies in education has a lot of potential to take learners outside of their regular classrooms and mediate learning scenarios that are related to real-life situations. Mobile outdoor learning could help students to establish connections between learned concepts and their everyday life. To find out if mobile outdoor learning coul...
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Science education enhances students’ scientific literacy in order to interact with the world responsibly and contribute to democratic and informed decision-making. The emergence of place-responsive pedagogy and mobile technology with a variety of affordances has refocused attention on students’ direct embodied experience. P-responsive pedagogy comb...
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Background In the field of Learning Design, it is common that researchers analyse manually design artefacts created by practitioners, using pedagogically‐grounded approaches (e.g., Bloom's Taxonomy), both to understand and later to support practitioners' design practices. Automatizing these high‐level pedagogically‐grounded analyses would enable la...
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The use of self-directed learning (SDL) is an increasingly widespread trend in schools, although its core—the student’s attentional capability for multi-level processing—to construct relevant concepts and at the same time to keep in mind the needed sub-items, while also directing one’s own learning, has not been thoroughly investigated. We examined...
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As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, organizing, designing and delivering learning programs in higher educational institutions needed to be revised and transferred to the digital world without destroying the overall cohesion and balance of the educational ecosystem. We present a case study of transformation challenges of the institution during COVID...
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Remote sensing is very widely used in society, the job world, and science. In school, especially digital, remote sensing is not yet frequently used and the range of methods seems limited. This paper describes the international YCHANGE project. In the project a remote sensing curriculum with a progression of skills and methods was developed for seco...
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Promoted by the growing access to mobile devices and the emphasis on situated learning, location-based tools are being used increasingly in education. Multiple stakeholders could benefit from understanding the learning and teaching processes triggered by these tools, supported by data analytics. For instance, practitioners could use analytics to mo...
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The aim of this study was to find out to what extent teachers’ workload and orchestration challenges differ, when part of the creating process and orchestration load is shared to students. To compare teachers’ experience, two different pedagogical scenarios have been under investigation. During the period of 1 year, a group of 12 teachers developed...
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With the support of various personal and institutional mobile technologies, numerous physical and virtual spaces can be turned into interesting and motivating hybrid learning settings. By its nature, outdoor mobile learning happens on the move is connected to specific locations and settings inviting learners to study their surroundings, inquire abo...
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Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning (m/u‐learning) are finding an increasing adoption in education. They are often distinguished by hybrid learning environments that encompass elements of formal and informal learning, in activities that happen in distributed settings (indoors and outdoors), across physical and virtual spaces. Despite their purported ben...
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In this paper we introduce the EDULab model, a methodology that aims at connecting educational research, teacher training and school practice when adopting educational innovation. We propose a four-phase implementation model that helps to build a context for (a) developing, testing and spreading innovative teaching methods, and (b) collecting evide...
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This paper argues for conceptualizing the notion of personal learning environments in higher education from an explicit adult education perspective that emphasizes the realization, re-instrumentation, and integration of learning activity in the wider context of adult life. It discusses and re-interprets an existing proposal for modeling “the person...
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Research suggests that an interdisciplinary approach, where students can gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information they receive, can enhance students’ learning and better model various processes and phenomena in the real world [1]. However, it might create challenges for teachers to design integrated learning scenarios in authenti...
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Mobile and ubiquitous learning models have been widely adopted in technology-enhanced learning (TEL) practices. Apart from potential benefits, these models introduce additional complexity in designing, monitoring and evaluating learning activities, as learning happens across different spaces. In recent years, literature on learning design (LD) and...
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The paper takes a critical look at the existing approaches and online tools that are supposed to enhance the sharing and reusing of innovative pedagogical scenarios among teachers, such as IMS LD, LAMS, LessonPlanner, etc. We argue that there is a need for new ways of sharing pedagogical scenarios that would promote innovative approaches to learnin...
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In this paper, we introduce the knowledge appropriation model as an analytical framework to study co-creation processes in School-University Partnerships. The model explains transformative learning processes in the context of innovation adoption in organizations, communities, groups and individuals and how they are interconnected. We demonstrate th...
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Zoos as comprehensive systems for sustainable use of the cultural and nature heritage and for environmental education have the foundation of a smart entity and the great potential to be turned into smart learning ecosystems. What the zoos require is the leveraging of technological solutions to make them smart. The paper presents an attempt to desig...
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Viehrig, K., Notter, N., Siegmund, A., Hämmerle, M., Fuchs, S., Naumann, S., Väljataga, T., Savitski, P., Tammets, P., Stych, P., Lastovicka, J. (2018). YCHANGE – Fernerkundung in der Schul- und Lehrerbildung. Geoagenda. 01/2018. pp. 32-33
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Mobile technology with numerous affordances provides opportunities to take learning outside of classrooms, into authentic contexts. This paper presents a location-based tool – Avastusrada - which allows teachers to easily create learning tracks by developing different types of tasks connected to specific locations. The paper reports preliminary res...
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Location-based games have the power to transform specific environments into thematic learning experiences. However, their learning content is often managed only by developers and users cannot create their own content, or customize existing ones. This issue affects specific related actors, like teachers, who cannot make use of these technologies to...
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In recent years academic and educational publishers have started to convert printed textbooks and learning materials into digital formats. However, this current digitization “wave” leaves the wider socio-technical regime with its various components that accompanies the use of these resources untouched and misses an examination of current and evolvi...
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The paper reports a small-scale study of the bigger research within the context of CoCreat project. With the advent of Web-based tools and services and increasing consumerisation of personal devices, students encounter seamless computing experiences anywhere and any time, thus taking control over knowledge artefacts and environmental conditions. Th...
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The steadily widening access to instruments and services for digital content production allows students and teachers to modify, remix and re-use a wide range of existing artefacts or create new artefacts and assemble them into various content collections. This development holds the potential for shifting patterns of power, roles, and responsibiliti...
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Even without rigorous empirical research, we know that some teachers are more effective in their teaching approaches than others. We can hypoth-esise that part of their success can be attributed to the pedagogical methods or scenarios they use, and that these scenarios could also be re-used by other teachers. But it is quite complicated to describe...
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Learning analytics is an emerging approach that is equally popular among researchers and educators-practitioners. Although the methods and tools for LA have been developing fast, there still exist several unsolved problems: LA is too much data driven, weakly connected to theory and is able to analyse only the activities documented in an online sett...
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The goal of this workshop paper is to present our first steps towards reconceptualising e-textbooks in the context of a research and development project called Learnmix. We propose an initial descriptive framework that helps us to gain a comprehensive understanding of students as active constructors of their knowledge while operating with numerous...
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Accelerated social, economical, technological and cultural change largely driven by global digitalisation and networking invites us to scrutinise and reconsider the theoretical assumptions underpinning our contemporary teaching approaches in higher education. This paper explicates the authors’ rationale and its underlying assumptions for designing...
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Digitising textbooks is becoming an increasingly important practice in formal education. While higher education has been the main focus of research on e-textbooks so far, the topic is also gaining attention in other areas of formal education. This paper reports on an initial attempt to review and synthesise research and development literature on e-...
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ICWL 2014 Workshops, Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 8699
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The implementation of networked, digital media applications in formal higher education provides opportunities for supporting and re-instrumenting various conversational and productive actions of creative collaboration. Successful re-instrumentation of collective learning activity depends to a large degree on the construction of viable, distributed...
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This paper reports on a renewed attempt to review and synthesise a substantial amount of research and development literature on Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) published in recent years. Earlier comprehensive review efforts (Buchem, Attwell, & Torres, 2011; Fiedler & Väljataga, 2011) had attested considerable conceptual differences within the...
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The introduction of open and networked learning practices in formal higher education regularly collides with the personal beliefs and convictions that students hold in relation to their own capacity for learning and the structural and procedural conditions that they expect to be met in such settings. A series of systemic intervention studies at Tal...
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This paper reviews and critiques how the notion of PLEs has been conceptualised and discussed in literature so far. It interprets the variability of its interpretations and conceptualisations as the expression of a fundamental contradiction between patterns of activity and digital instrumentation in formal education on one hand, and individual expe...
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Although there exist several alternative frameworks and standards for describing the digital competencies expected from teachers, there is a lack of Web-based assessment tools that allow authentic, reliable and valid assessment of these competencies. This paper addresses the design challenges related to a software solution for self- and peer-assess...
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In recent years educators and researchers have started to explore conditions and requirements in formal and informal educational settings for the development of personal learning environments and their self-directed digital instrumentation. This workshop contribution discusses how a re-design of master level courses created an impulse for students...
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Although there are several competency frameworks for measuring teachers' educational technology competencies, there is a lack of Web-based assessment tools that allow authentic assessment. This paper addresses the design challenges for assessing teacher's educational technology competencies. The empirical part describes the participatory design pro...
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This paper reviews and critiques how the notion of PLEs has been conceptualised and discussed in literature so far. It interprets the variability of its interpretations and conceptualisations as the expression of a fundamental contradiction between patterns of activity and digital instrumentation in formal education on one hand, and individual expe...
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Competency-based approach to upgrade one's dispositions has received a lot of attention as an alternative way of evaluating qualifications in various areas. In order to carry out successful study projects and practices that support specific competence advancement a learning contract procedure can be a promising technique. Learning contract procedur...
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The paper examines, reinterprets, and expands the concept of learner control in higher education, thus making it suitable for connection with the emerging concept of personal learning environments. Some consequences for the design and implementation of interventions that treat the establishment of learner control as an educational goal are consider...
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In an increasingly networked and technologically mediated world, people need to continuously update their knowledge and skill base, so as to be able to self-direct their intentional learning projects. In addition to teaching domain-specific knowledge and skills, the role of higher education should be reorganizing current teaching and studying pract...
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This chapter presents the findings from an experimental postgraduate student-centered course using social media tools and services to support learning. The main aim of this research was to evaluate a course design that was heavily supported by social media. The main aspects of this course design were that students were granted the freedom to select...
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This paper presents initial research results of an intervention into higher educational teaching and studying practices from facilitators‘ point of view. The intervention was implemented into an international Master’s level online course mediated by landscapes of social media tools and services. In this course more emphasis was put on a shift of co...
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In order to be able to cope with many authentic challenges in increasingly networked and technologically mediated life we need to construct opportunities for participants in higher educational settings to practice the advancement of self-directing intentional learning projects. In addition to teaching general strategies for carrying out these proje...
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From 2005 to 2008 the international research and development project iCamp carried out a series of targeted educational interventions into existing teaching and studying practices within a cluster of European universities. These interventions were meant to establish educational experiences that would correspond with key features of international, d...
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Apart from teaching general strategies for self-direction in formal education, we need to provide our students with opportunities to acquire some expertise regarding the selection and combination of a diverse set of networked tools and services for their own purposes. The knowledge, skills and orientations needed to select, use, connect and reconne...
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We argue that current selection methods and comparison approaches of tools for learning purposes do not fit with the concept of e-learning 2.0 and Web 2.0 applications for creating personal learning environments. Available comparison methods being mainly as black-and-white check lists hinder to see the properties of various Web 2.0 applications. We...
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In most cases digital learning objects are used for individual learning (reading, looking, playing, quizzes) or by teachers in their class-room or online teaching (presentations). In PILOT-project we are arguing that learning objects should be designed and presented in a special way in order to promote truly social constructivist learning. The proj...
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People regularly need to cope with new challenging situations that cannot be mastered by only applying routine procedural skills and knowledge. Independently updating one's set of skills and knowledge base in the context of technologically rich environments is essential to meet the changing life-and workplace requirements. This paper proposes the c...

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