A new project on mobile video in learning STEM subjects

Expanding STEM Learning and Teaching with Mobile Video Inquiries and Communities

The Mobile Video STEM Inquiries project will conduct design-based research and development to establish a broadly scalable approach for students and teachers to capture standard and panoramic video recordings of events and phenomena that spark questions for them that can serve as seeds for inquiries in the STEM disciplines. The immense quantity of video resulting from digital video cameras everywhere is making video ubiquitous as a cultural medium and in principle, as a scientific medium for STEM educational purposes.

The project is part of Innovations in Learning and Education (SAVI), a joint programme run by the Academy of Finland, Tekes and the National Science Foundation (USA). The Mobile Video STEM Inquiries is funded by Tekes.

Learning ”how to see” scientific and mathematical aspects of real world phenomena and raise real questions that foster engagement in inquiries is a key education problem. Tackling such goals requires transcending texts, cookbook labs and traditional classroom activity structures and re-thinking what it means to observe, clarify, expand and represent STEM ideas in and out of school. The ongoing technical revolution in high quality mobile video and web communities is opening up important possibilities for new ways of catalyzing learners’ attention to STEM-relevant aspects of their everyday world of experiences, and with new social media, scaffolding new ways of thinking about the world around them.

Working with teachers by employing design-based research methodology, we will establish a web-based community platform for uploading short-form STEM-related videos and associated inquiry questions developed by participating learners and teachers, and develop scaffolding and social media functions for making reflective connections from these video resources.

The aim is to create new pedagogical models that bring learner and teacher videos of the world outside school and their scientific and mathematical questions about them into the discourse of the classroom and associated online forums. The pedagogical model will be international in nature, enabling school collaboration across world. The research is divided among the project partners with Stanford University developing the pedagogical use of panoramic videos. University of Helsinki will integrate the use of panoramic videos to the MoViE platform and test the system in schools in Finland and California. The team at Pepperdine University will evaluate the pedagogical models and video methods developed in the projects.

Principal Investigators:
Professor Jari Multisilta, CICERO Learning, University of Helsinki
Professor Hannele Niemi, University of Helsinki
Professor Heli Ruokamo, University of Lapland
Professor Roy Pea, Stanford University
Professor Eric Hamilton; University of Pepperdine

For more information:
Jari Multisilta
Professor of Multimedia
CICERO Learning
University of Helsinki
+358 50 5688 593

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