Creating Smart Connected Learning Ecosystems: A Hybrid Model for Design-Based Learning

Erkki Rötkönen, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Naska Goagoses, Tariq Zaman, Helvi Itenge, Daniel Yong Wen Tan, Erkki Sutinen  
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Emerging technologies and new pedagogies, such as design-based learning, have the potential to revolutionize formal education systems. We postulate that smart learning ecosystems can be co-created through connecting schools and students across the globe to co-design their own virtual learning spaces by exploiting new affordances offered by digital technologies. This paper presents a Hybrid model for Design-Based learning (HyDe), which guides co-located and online design-based learning activities with geographically distributed students. It was conceptualized within a case study, wherein 63 students aged 11 to 13 from three schools in Namibia, Malaysia, and Finland collaboratedon co-designing a virtual space to share local perspectives on global challenges. The HyDe model was refined based on reflections from the case study yielding in a model which can be integrated in school curricula across the globe, thereby creating a smart connected learning ecosystem.  

Keywords: co-design, children, Finland, Namibia, Malaysia, remote interactions, distributed co-design, design-based learning  


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