Technologies for Learning: Mobile and Social Technologies Integration in Pursuit of Quality Learning Course

Prof. Mikko Ruohonen and Nicholas Mavengere PhD and

Technologies are advancing such that there is a constant need for training for professional in different sectors. More so, in education in which the learning outcomes is always at the center of learning, technology is expected to assist in quickly and easily attaining the learning outcomes. This course is about technologies application to enhance learning process and advance achievement of the learning purpose.

Excellence should always be sort in learning and this course seeks to make use of technologies for qualities of learning, that is, active, constructive, collaborative, intentional, contextual, transfer and reflective learning. A key component of this course is practical aspects in which the technologies are put to use. That is, there are several hands on cases to demonstrate how the technologies could be put to use for learning purpose. In addition, the social media and mobile environment is an area that has not been fully developed on how learning could be included and thus the value of this course.

The integration of technology for learning purposes is a burning issue because of the mixed reviews on the value of technology in education. This course seeks to cement both in theory and practice how technology could be of great value in learning. For example, technology offers virtual learning possibility, which is convenient and flexible. However, context and user needs are essential aspects for successful technology integration in education. Moreover, in the past we have done research which advocated for context and user needs to foster quality learning. This is taken into consideration in this course and strengthening this research agenda.

This course aims to highlight and put to use some of the essential technologies for learning purposes. This includes social and mobile technologies that is already in use but are not well utilized for learning purposes. This technology for learning training is useful for a wide range of stakeholders, for example, teachers in keeping in touch with potential technologies for use and students who may not have had adequate training. In addition, this course has special interest of inclusion of refugee students to learn technology use in education thus adapt well to the Finnish Higher Education. In summary the course objectives are;

• To explain the present use of technologies for learning
• To explore potential use of social and mobile technologies for learning
• To highlight an introductory note on learning in Finnish Higher Education through an ICT4D topic

The use of technologies in education has been previously and widely researched. However, this topic is constantly relevant because of the advances in technology and the related pedagogy. We have done research on how well technology could be integrated to foster learning, for example, please see Mavengere and Ruohonen (2016) and Mavengere, Ruohonen and Vartiainen (2017) below. We plan to make use of these research outcomes in this course. In doing so, we plan to extend the depth of our research on technologies in education. Hence, strengthen the both the technological and pedagogical perspective.

We also seek to promote dialogue skills and 21st century skills in this course. Please contact the authors for more information and potential collaboration.

1. Mavengere and Ruohonen (2016), In pursuit of quality learning: context and user needs in virtual learning, Stakeholders and Information Technology in Education IFIP TC3 Conference, Portugal
2. Mavengere, Ruohonen and Vartiainen K (2017)  Enhancing Learning in a Virtual Environment: Qualities of Learning in Different Learning Modes, The World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE 2017) Dublin, Ireland

This course is funded by SIMHE-UniPID project. SIMHE-UniPID supported integration to higher education in Finland. The project provided guidance and counselling for migrant adults living in Finland and interested in beginning higher education studies. For more information please see