FINNABLE 2020 - learning across boundaries

FINNABLE 2020 is a value network project that creates new learning ecosystems which enable people to learn regardless of time and place. The main aim of FINNABLE is to create and develop technologically enabled practices that bring added value to learning and teaching and foster social practices that connect learners to global collaboration, promoting life-long learning. The project also aims to create new forums for sharing knowledge and experiences advancing 21st century skills with an emphasis on creativity and problem solving.

Professor Hannele Niemi (University of Helsinki) is the Scientific Leader of the project. FINNABLE is coordinated by the CICERO Learning Network (www.cicero.fi) at University of Helsinki with Director Jari Multisilta as a Principal Investigator in many of the sub-projects. In addition to researchers at CICERO Learning Network, University of Helsinki and Tampere University of Technology in Pori, the value network project includes several companies, schools and representatives of the public sector. The project has extensive international cooperation, especially with Stanford University and schools in Silicon Valley. FINNABLE is funded by Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation), private companies and Finnish municipalities.

FINNABLE has four work packages: Boundless Classroom, Teacher’s Toolkit, Exergames in Learning, and Emergent Learning Technologies and Communities. All work packages have the same aim: to provide new pedagogical models of how to break barriers between formal and non-formal learning settings using new technological tools (e.g. mobile learning tools, Web2.0, games and new media applications). The work packages use a variety of test beds in schools in different continents, higher education, companies, and citizens’ open media forums. The main outcome is a prototype of a new Global Sharing Pedagogy and its applications globally and locally. Emergent Learning Technologies and Communities work package fosters international research cooperation with Stanford University.