Visit to Finland, April 2016

The study visit at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu offered intensive work around the Work Package 6 and the Smart Learning Room (SLR) development.

The aim of the visit was to put together a list of requirements and equipment for the SLRs. Besides the planning sessions within the team, the participants had a chance to test and evaluate a wide range of educational technologies and equipment themselves, observe how ICT is used both in schools and teacher training at the university, and to learn about teaching methods utilizing ICT. The team also paid a visit to UEF’s campus in Kuopio to see their ICT Test Lab and meet technical experts for discussions. New ideas were drawn up about how to create academic learning and working environments that meet today’s needs. To connect with colleagues in Gaza, a video link to Al Azhar University was provided. Participants for the study visit were Dr Anwar Abdel Razeq and Dr Ahmad Aljanazrah, Birzeit University, Dr Nabil Hasasna and Mohammed Moreb, Hebron University, Karl Bentley, Canterbury Christ Church University and Bart Coppes, Fontys University. Teemu Valtonen and Antti Ronkainen form the University of Eastern Finland hosted the group and the plans completed at this visit will inform the ongoing development of the rooms, with installation planned during Year 2 of the Project.