Distance Learning in Multimedia Networks
The Finnish Multimedia Programme (FMP) supports the Finnish communication, media and telecommunication industry, improves the field's international competitiveness in the area of telecommunication and terminal technologies, and in developing and taking into use of new infrastructures, in research and development, and in producing contents and services for multimedia networks. (http://www.vtt.fi/tte/samba/projects/kamu/index.htm). The Distance Learning in Multimedia-Networks project that belongs to the Finnish Multimedia Programme (http://matwww.ee.tut.fi/kamu/) joins the field's technical and pedagogical research centers and institutions that provide distance learning, hardware, software and content producers and telecommunication enterprises in an extensive joint project. The budget of the project is approximately 4,5 million Finnish marks per year (900 000 USD). The project has started on the 1st of February, 1996 and it will last until 31st of January 1999. Project is funded by Technology Development Centre Finland and Finnish enterprices.
The aim of the Distance Learning in Multimedia-Networks -project is to research and develop open learning environments for distance learning based on computer networks. In a learning environment the students can learn collaboratively with other students and their teacher, enrol in courses, get personal guidance and give and receive feedback. The design of the learning environments is based on the rapid development of information technology, in special broadband computer networks and hypermedia based learning materials. The learning environments are studied and developed from telecommunications (hardware), hypermedia (courseware) and pedagogic points of view. In addition to distance learning, special attention is paid to the design of learning material and pedagogical evaluation. Methods and tools are developed (software) to easily work up and to convert existing material (e.g., text, pictures, animation, video) to be used in a learning environment. The learning environments are designed to be suitable for different learning situations and for the use of different media as well. Distance learning using multimedia is exploited by schools, educational institutions, and enterprises, from children to adult learners. Various pilots are set up to gain feedback from the methods and solutions developed.
Project's research group consists of:
- Hypermedia Laboratory at the Digital Media Institute of Tampere University of Technology
- Hypermedia Laboratory of the University of Tampere
- The Institute for Extension Studies of the University of Tampere
- Lahti Research and Training Centre of the University of Helsinki
- Information Technology Research Institute of the University of Jyväskylä
- Centre for Educational Technologies of the Helsinki University of Technology
The partners of the project are:
- City of Jyväskylä
- City of Tampere
- Data Network Institute
- Edita Ltd.
- Finnet / HPY Ltd.
- Helsinki Institute of Physics
- Helsinki Media Company Ltd.
- Jyväskylä Science Park Ltd.
- Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli/Helsinki University of Technology
- Nokia Mobile Phones
- Otava Ltd.
- Sonera Ltd.
- Sun Microsystems Ltd.
- Tampere Technology Centre
- WSOY Ltd.
- Xenex Ltd.
- City of Nokia
- (CSC) The Center for Scientific Computing
- Finnet / TPO Ltd.
- Finnish Association of Adult Education Centres KTOL
- Mänttä Regional Education Center
- Promanet Ltd.
- Promentor Solutions Ltd.
- STAKES (National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health)
- Teleste Educational Ltd.
- The Folk High School for Finns in Sweden
- The subregion of South-East-Central Finland
- WM-data Kasanen
For further information contact:
Professor Seppo Pohjolainen
Project Manager Heli Ruokamo