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How to get a diploma.

If you’ve finished your studies, submitted your thesis, wrote the exam and delivered a defense – do not expect to get a diploma, as you may be used to at your home university. After enquiring, I’ve been just informed by Mr. Pekka Uusivuori that you have to fill out a specific diploma request form and send it to a specific person in charge:

Please be in contact with Ms. Pulmu Föhr-Siltavuori at the study
affairs office. e-mail: pfohr@taik.fi
Please also fill out the attached diploma request form and send it to
her. University of Art and Design, Hämeentie 135 A, 00560 Helsinki or
through scanner and e-mail.

I’ve attached the document for your convenience. Best of luck!

Diploma Request Form

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Time to apply!

aushang-epedagogyAs you might have read already on the “official” ePedagogy Website there is a call for registration for the entrance examination 2010. Maybe it is because Noora, Joni and Wey just graduated 😉 !? Congratulations by the way!
I hope we’ll soon get more ePedagogy fellows to study, learn, work and collaborate with. I created a Poster sized in A3 and spread it on the hot spots of hamburg university. Maybe you’d like to hang up some posters in your area but don’t want to create one on your own. So I’ll share the one I created (*.pdf 143kb).
download-icon Download the Poster!

In case you have something else to promote the MA Program like Buttons for our websites or whatever. If you don’t mind share it with us or at least with me.
And one more thing which some might have recognised already. There is an official ePedagogy Twitter-Account. I will write more about that later on…

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Enrolement and re-enrolement

As I lost my study rights due to – as far as I can deduce – either a late or lost reenrolement payment in 2008, or a forgotten reenrolement information, I have to reclaim my study rights.

Here are some valuable Informations for students of ePedagogy Design. Especially for those students abroad, like in Germany, who are used to a better organised reenrolement procedure, with reminders, fixed fees (!), receipts and counter-receipts, the UIAH-way is a little puzzling.

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This is the info I just received from the friendly Naoko Nakagawa:

Enrolment for the academic year (= informing TALSS office whether you will be “attending” or “not attending”) should be done every autumn by mid-September.

If you are going to be “attending”, you have to pay the student union fee by mid-September.
The exact price varies every year, but it is about 50 eur/term and about 100 eur/academic year.

If you are going to be “not attending”, you do not have to pay. But you still have to inform us about “being not attending”.
In this case, no ECTS points will be registered during this unpaid period.
You can not have any student benefits during this unpaid period, either.

If you do not inform us TALSS office by mid-September, you will lose your study right.
Our academic year is from 1 August to 31 July, autumn term 1 August – 31 Dec.
and spring term 1 Jan. -31 July. You have to inform us about the whole academic year, both
for the autumn term and the spring term, every autumn.

Around end-May every year we (TALSS office) send this enrolment information to all our degree Programmes
so that the staff (usually amanuensis) in each Programme can forward the information to our students.

http://www.taik.fi/en/studies_/information_for_taik_students/student_guide/enrolment.html

As for checking the arrival of your money, sending the copy of your bank receipt to TALSS office is the only way.

It is a pity that the communication between ePedagogy students and the staff is not working well.
I will try to talk about this problem to the staff. But you know, I am just an office staff….

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Summer term 2009: “Games, Play and Education” (2nd Edition)

For summer term 2009 I’ll offer a seminar targeting ePedagogy-students who already have attended seminars dealing with learning theories, pedagogical media theory, and game based learning (see this post for a short list of authors and topics).

Seminar (presence) will be held on Thursdays from 10:00-12:00 (german time), starting with April 9th to July 16th 2009

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What are you doing?

Der ePedagogy-Folks,

long time no see. I met Grant several times in my seminar and Ina. But especially from the ones who are a bit more far away I don’t hear anything. But hey, thats not right. There is one whom I’m following through his daily life. It’s Owen, even though he’s far away. Why? It’s because he’s using Twitter.
Whats that? The following Video could give you an answer.

And hey, there are more of us ePedagogys on Twitter. Now I’ll try to make a list:
Ina @truemmerfrau
Torsten @herrmeyer
Christina @fernschwalbe
Wey @weytan
Alex @alextee
Ralf @ralfa
Owen @owenkelly

And, guess what, there are a lot of other interesting people on Twitter. User the twitter search to find topics and people you are interested in.

If you’ve got a twitter account as well, please write a comment and check if it might be interesting to follow one of the other ePeds…

Greetings from Hamburg,
Ralf

PS: Happy Birthday to this Blog. It is three years old this month!

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How to pay the enrolment fee from abroad in 2009?

My bank just told me that the old data for filling out an international money order for paying the student fees isn’t a valid one. So, if you’re still using

Recipient: Sampo Bank
IBAN: FI 838 000 127 066 774 5
BIC/SWIFT-Code: PSPBFIHH

your money won’t reach a valid account because of an invalid SWIFT-Code and recipient.

Naoko Nakagawa, the current International Student Counsellor at the UIAH, (email naoko dot nakagawa at taik dot fi), mailed me the correct data for making your money order work:

“When you pay the student union fee by bank transfer from a bank account outside of Finland, please remember that your bank will charge handling fee. The handling fee depends on the bank, and it can be very
expensive in some countries. So please make sure that you pay enough when you pay by bank transfer. Please also note that TOKYO’s bank also takes about 10 Euro as handling fee when receiving the student union fee if the money is sent from countries where euro is not used. So please make sure
that you pay enough when you pay by bank transfer. Please keep your receipt.

Fee: 48 € (as for spring term 2009) + your bank’s handling fee
Message-field on the money order form: Student’s first name and family name + date ofbirth
Recipient: Taideteollisen korkeakoulun ylioppilaskunta
Bank account: 800012-70667745 Sampo Bank
IBAN-number: FI 838 000 127 066 774 5 (the first two are alphabetical letters ‘fi’)
Bic/Swift code: DABAFIHH

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a new ePedagogy Twine

Twine is an online service that is currently in private beta. It is something like a cross between del.icio.us and a community-based version of study.log.

Anyone can start a Twine about anything, and invite members. Members can post things there: essays, but also urls, media, and anything that can be stored on the web. Each post can be tagged, shared and commented on. Even better there is a Firefox bookmarklet that you can use to post any web page you are reading to the Twine of your choice, tagging it and adding a comment as you go.

This means that groups like ours can create shared libraries of interesting online material, and then link it through posting essays of our own that draw threads between various posted links and media.

Obviously I managed to get an invitation, and I have just invited everyone whose email address I had to hand. If you have not been invited (Wey hasn’t for one because I didn’t have his email address in Airset for some reason) then email me and I will invite you. This also applies to all the new students. Mail me at owen@owenkelly.net with the subject Twine ePed and I will invite you straight away.

It seems much neater in lots of ways than other attempts to create such an online shared library, and I think that we should try it to see what use we can make of it.

Web 2.0 and onwards!

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ePedagogy(Bar)Camp Barcelona?

Barcamp

The next international Seminar is said to be in the begin of October and should be held in Barcelona (great!).

I thougt about if a BarCamp as a open Structure for this Seminar might be right decision. For those of you who don’t know yet what a BarCamp is:

BarCamp is an ad-hoc unconference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees.

Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join.

When you come, be prepared to share with barcampers.

When you leave, be prepared to share it with the world.

Source: barcamp.org
In my opinion the Part of exchanging knowledge should be implemented much more in our

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Social Networking in Action

I have been teaching a course on social software. During this I decided that Facebook offers a very good front end for a lot of “serious” activities, including the epedagogy MA. I have therefore started an epedagogy group in Facebook. So far it has 5 members, and a link to this site.

It would be very good if everyone else on the course (past and present, staff and students) would also join Facebook, message me and then apply to join the group. (I have set it as a closed group so you have to apply to join. This stops people messing around with it.)

I think we could use this as collective action research. My initial hypothesis is that using this as the front end to our online networking will be good because we will then get a richer picture of each other, and this will enable us to engage in more fruitful collaborations.

BTW, for those with genuine privacy concerns Facebook is VERY privacy conscious. You can set everything to be viewable only by your friends, if you want – and people can only become your friend by applying to you and waiting for you to say yes or no. It is absolutely NOT like MySpace, Bebo, or similar sites.

Later that same day:

I wrote a slightly longer argument in favour of this on my site (which is now being updated again) here.

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Didactical Analysis of VLEs

Dear Jaap,

I have one question concerning your course “Didactical Analysis of VLEs”. I would like to participate and have now heard that you have started the course yet in the Skype meeting of the project group “Visual Knowledge Building”. I have read the comment that you would join the meeting on 15th November one day late. But I did not know about a Skype meeting anyway.

Are you going to provide regular Skype meetings for your course? Is there a timetable?

I have downloaded the one document in MimerDesk – are there more documents needed?

Perhaps you could post an entry into this blog with all the information needed to participate in your course – as I probably will not be the only one interested…

Thank you!

Christina

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