Projects

Involved in following projects:

Emma – (2014 – 2016).  EMMA – European Multiple MOOC Aggregator, funded by 7th framework program, European Commission. Project period is 02.2014 – 08.2016.

Project is coordinated by Universita Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II from Italy. Consortium includes partners from Spain (Atos Spain SA, Fundacio per a la Universitat Oberda de Catalunya, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia), Italy (Ipsos SRL, CSP – Innovazione Nelle ICT S.C.A.R.L), Netherlands (Open Universitet Nederland), Portugal (Universidade Aberta), United Kingdom (University of Leicester), France (Universite fe Bourgone), Belgium (ATIT Bvba).

Project aims to pilot the EMMA – MOOC’s aggregator – for conducting the MOOCs in different European countries. Emma aims to showcase excellence in innovative teaching methodologies and learning approaches through the large-scale piloting of MOOCs, providing a system for the delivery of free, open, online courses from diverse European universities with the goal of preserving Europe’s rich cultural, educational and linguistic heritage and promoting cross-cultural and multi-lingual learning. MOOCs are a recent development, rapidly becoming a significant trend in higher education. The open nature of MOOCs provides opportunities for expanding access to higher education and creating a space for experimentation with online teaching and learning. This exploration of new approaches for higher education provision has generated significant interest from governments, institutions and others. Building on existing and proven technology, EMMA will provide an opportunity, even for smaller institutions, to share high-quality content. EMMA will provide a framework and infrastructure, while participating institutions will remain autonomous in their choice of design, methodology and tools. EMMA will operate in two main modes; as an aggregator and hosting system of courses produced by European universities; and as a system that enables learners to construct their own courses using units from MOOCs as building blocks. The EMMA Consortium aims at a multi-lingual, multi-cultural approach to learning by offering inbuilt translation and transcription services for courses hosted on the platform. The pilot will operate in 2 steps, first by making available a significant number of existing courses from project partners and/or MOOCs providers and then by bringing on board a second tier of universities keen to experiment with MOOCs. Pilots will run in 7 countries with a total of 16 MOOCs and will involve at least 60.000 users. Courses will be offered in the language of each country, in English, and the pilot will trial an embryo form of multi-lingual translation by offering courses in Italian and Spanish as well. Advances in learning analytics will feature in the analysis and evaluation work and a series of innovative approaches will be trialed to make the piloted service sustainable in the medium to long term.

Tallinn University is responsible for two activities:

– For developing the methodology of the learning analytics to evaluate the MOOCs

– For developing and conducting 1-2 MOOCs

Learning Layers – (2012-2016) Learning Layers is a large-scale research project co-funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme. Project develops a set of modular and flexible technological layers for supporting workplace practices in SMEs that unlock peer production and scaffold learning in networks of SMEs. These technologies are applied in two sectors that have been particularly hesitant to take up learning technologies, i.e. health care and building and construction. I am working currently mainly in WP 2 that develops the scaffolding model. Specifically I am analyzing help-seeking phenomena in Estonian forum for constructors.

Innovative pedagogical practice models in teacher training (2012-2014) – Eduko funded development research project. I am coordinating the shared development research of four different innovative practice models in three Estonian largest universities, Each of them implement innovative models and conduct development research, but also the joint research will be conducted. The aim of the shared research is to address the results of the implementation of four practice models to the policy-makers that fund the teacher education.

Eportfolio for Human Resource – (2012-2013) Era.Net Rus funded project that aims to investigate the perception of ePortfolios as part of assessment processes within educational and vocational systems. The outcomes of the eHR project will be transferable to address other target groups as secondary and higher education students. A more comprehensive and media-oriented ePortfolio instrument will support the employability and educational mobility of low- qualified, unemployed and employed individuals who attend to find a path back to education. I am main contributor to the project in Estonian settings.

IntelLEO (2009-2012) –  The project IntelLEO aims to explore supportive technologies for learning and knowledge building activities of learners in Intelligent Learning Extended Organisations (IntelLEO). An IntelLEO represents a community that emerges as a temporal integration of two or more different business and educational communities and organisational cultures (industrial, research and educational) and leverages innovative ICT technologies to support successful knowledge sharing. The objective is to explore how the responsiveness of the learning environments in an IntelLEO can be radically enhanced by a synergy between services for efficient management of collaborative knowledge building activities and the harmonisation of individual and organisational goals.

My tasks are related with the implementation and evaluation of developed learning and knowledge building model and portfolio-based learning environment in teacher education context in Estonia.

ePoAbi
Primus funded R&D project (2011-2012). The aim is to develop the technological solution that facilitates the course design process based on learning outcomes. System provides suggestions how to achieve different learning outcomes with the activities performed in the e-portfolio and how to assess them. I’m one of the main contributors in the project and involved in the data collection, data analysis, design process of the system and the evaluation of it.

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