Knowledge-Practices Laboratory (KP-Lab)

University of Helsinki and the Centre for Networked Learning and Knowledge Building coordinates an Integrated Project proposal KP-Lab for EU's Sixth Framework Program. The project promotes co-evolution of individual, collective and organizational learning with technology through developing the Knowledge-practices Laboratory (KP-Lab). It is a learning system based on technological, theoretical, pedagogical, and social innovations aimed at facilitating innovative practices of working with knowledge ("knowledge practices") in education and workplaces. The project will take 5 years (from February 2006 to January 2011), it has 22 partners from 14 different countries and the total funding will be € 11,2 M. See also the Website of the KP-Lab project.

As a technological innovation it is a modular, flexible and extensible system consisting of a cluster of inter-operable applications (i.e., shared collaborative spaces, semantic web knowledge services, communication platform, ubiquitous user agents, inter-institutional access) which organize participants' collaborative activity around shared knowledge artefacts.

As a theoretical innovation, the KP-Lab represents an approach to human cognition which assists going beyond acquisition and participation metaphors of learning to consider also shared knowledge-creation processes, and related tools and practices critical for answering the challenges of the emerging innovation society.

As a pedagogical innovation, the KP-Lab involves organizing courses in higher education focused on solving complex problems for professional communities and, thereby, eliciting breaking of boundaries between educational and professional cultures.

As a social innovation, KP-Lab puts reflective social practices around shared knowledge artefacts into the core of technology-enhanced learning. Toward that end, it provides the participants tools for reflecting on, making visible, and transforming their knowledge practices. In order to be truly productive, collaborative technologies cannot fully be specified beforehand but need to co-evolve with social practices and be further modifiable according to the users' emerging needs and practical innovations. Consequently, the KP-Lab is really a "laboratory" in terms of providing a testbed for developing transformative knowledge practices for educational institutions and workplaces.

Main participants in Finland

Coordinator Liisa Ilomäki, Ph.D. (University of Helsinki)

Assisting coordinator Seppo Toikka (University of Helsinki) Technological development Merja Bauters, Hannu Markkanen, M.Sc. (Metropolia University of Applied Sciences)

Co-leader of scientific advisory board Kai Hakkarainen, Ph.D. (University of Helsinki)

Project researchers Satu Jalonen, Kari Kosonen, Minna Lakkala, Jiri Lallimo, Hanni Muukkonen, Sami Paavola, Seppo Toikka (Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki) and Hanna Toiviainen, Ph.D. (University of Helsinki, Department of Education, Centre for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research)

Mikko Höynälänmaa, Ali Rantakari (Jaakko Pöyry OY)

Work Packages

  • WP 1 Coordination and management
  • WP 2 Co-evolution of practices and tools
  • WP 3 Theoretical foundations
  • WP 4 Technology framework for KP-Labs
  • WP 5 Semantic knowledge middleware for learn-ing
  • WP 6 Semantic applications for trialogical learning
  • WP 7 Semantic applications for reflexive practices
  • WP 8 Knowledge practices in education
  • WP 9 Knowledge practices in teacher training
  • WP 10 Knowledge practices in professional net-works
  • WP 11 Dissemination and exploitation
  • WP 12 Evaluation

Participating Organizations

1 (Co-ordinator) University of Helsinki, Finland
2 EVTEK Institute of Technology, Finland
3 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
4 Silogic, France
5 Jaakko Pöyry OY, Finland
6 Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
7 Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
8 Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
9 Utrecht University, The Netherlands
10 University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria
11 Scienter, Italy
12 University of Genoa, Italy
13 University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic
14 University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
15 Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France
16 Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
17 University of Oslo, Norway
18 Foundation for research and technology - Hellas, Greece
19 Tessera, Greece
20 Université Paris-Sud, France
21 Skeria Utveckling, Sweden


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