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Research

The main ongoing scientific research in the School of Digital Technologies is related to developing the new generation’s distributed learning environments, consisting of interoperable free social software and other pedagogical ICT applications, self-directed learning in hybrid environments, and the integration of bottom-up and top-down ontology for the selection of activities and learning resources. In recent years more attention has been also paid to issues related to university-industry cooperation aspects, and workplace learning.

Research and development activities are coordinated by the Centre for Educational Technology (CET). Additionally the School also operates a Digital Safety Lab and an Interaction Design Lab. The Centre for Educational Technology is the primary developer of educational software in Estonia.

Distributed learning environments

With the arrival of Web 2.0, social software, services and social media tools have become mainstream technologies in the web environment, which can be effectively used in schools as well as in independent learning. The School has been investigating the applicability and interoperability of social media tools as distributed learning systems in national and cross-cultural international settings and in the inquiry practices at basic and secondary schools. The distributed learning management systems can also be used as a democratic and user-managed medium for collaborative actions and for enhancing self-reflection practices.

ICT solutions

The School has developed several ICT solutions that have potential to be used as mediators supporting the use of innovative methods in classrooms as well as virtual learning. 

Main ongoing scientific research in the School is related to developing the new generation’s distributed learning environments, consisting of interoperable free social software and other pedagogical ICT applications, self-directed learning in hybrid environments, and the integration of bottom-up and top-down ontology for the selection of activities and learning resources. In recent years more attention has been also paid to issues related to university-industry cooperation aspects, and workplace learning.

Contact

Pirgit Voolaid, research coordinator
Phone: +372 640 9355
E-mail: pirgit.voolaid....at....tlu.ee