Objectives of the Centre

The objectives of the Centre are as follows:

1 To carry out training and consultation projects that focus on building communities and developing organization in a way that facilitates knowledge sharing and building. We provide various types of training and professional development as well as academic courses, and provide guidance and coaching for people involved in community or organizational development projects.

2 To develop, test, and analyze computer-supported learning and working environments, their design principles, and adaptability into Finnish culture. Toward this end, we are developing methods and practices of using networked environments in learning and instruction and analyzing how intensive use of computer-supported learning affects the development of participants' cognitive competencies, the growth of their expertise, motivation and commitment as well as the advancement of their collective knowledge. An important objective is also to study teachers' methods and practices of guiding, coaching, and tutoring students and the development of their pedagogical thinking in new learning environments.

3 To realize large-scale follow-up studies that help to chart teachers’, students’, and parents’ skills and practices of using information and communication technologies (ICTs) and their pedagogical beliefs. Simultaneously, we develop and construct instruments for assessing epistemological and learning conceptions, as well as metacognitive skills and study practices.

4 To study new forms of networked expertise and shared cognition in enterprises, organizations, and educational environments. Toward this end, we are engaged in projects focused on examining and developing methods and practices of managing and building knowledge. We are involved in various professional development projects and developing innovative methods of e-learning that rely on using collaborative technologies for supporting knowledge communities.

5 To empirically and theoretically analyze and explore complex reciprocal relations between individual, socially distributed and cultural-historical cognition. Toward this end, we work for advancing theories of human intelligent activity that would help to integrate psychological and socio-cultural approaches to cognition. We are studying the foundations of human cognition by elaborating pragmatic theories of inquiry, theories of distributed and shared cognition, and models of knowledge creation and innovation. A special focus of our work is to apply these theories for understanding and explaining processes of computer-supported learning and working.

Centre for Research on Networked Learning and Knowledge Building