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Midnight Sun Summer School

Unique opportunity to take part in the world-famous Finnish teacher training. 

May 11th - 15th 2020

Registration is available in January 2020.

The annual Summer School is organised for the third time in Oulu, Finland on May 11th-15th 2020.

Midnight Sun Summer School 2020 aims to enhance the participants’ professional competence.

During a one week Summer School participants will get a chance to learn and to get experience about pedagogical guidelines, practices, methods, tools and learning spaces.

The heart of the course builds on the Finnish Core Curriculum, but is not limited to that.



The Midnight Sun Summer School 2020 registration is available from here.

We will publish the 2020 programme in autumn 2019.

See you in Midnight Sun Summer School!  



You can read and download the Summer School 2019 programme.

Speakers at the Midnight Sun Summer School 2019:

Kirsti Lonka is Professor of Educational Psychology at University of Helsinki, Finland (2005-) and Extraordinary Professor, Optentia Research Focus Area, NWU, South Africa (2016-) as well as  Advisory Board Member of Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, NTUST, Taipei (2015-). She is a popular keynote speaker around the world.
Prof Lonka  has published more than 150 refereed articles and book chapters as well as many text books and popular writings. 
Her specialty is learning in higher education, teacher education and schools.
She is working on innovations in education and developing engaging hybrid learning environments.
Latest book: Lonka, K (2019). Phenomenal learning from Finland. Edita Publishing.
More information kirstilonka.fi 

Sanna Järvelä is a professor in learning sciences and educational technology and a head of the Learning and Educational Technology Research Unit (LET) in the University of Oulu.
Her main research interests deal with self-regulated learning, computer supported collaborative learning and on-line learning processes.
Järvelä and her research group is internationally recognized in theoretical and methodological advancement of motivation as a contextual phenomena and of social aspects of self-regulated learning.
Järvelä is the member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.  
Järvelä has published more than 150 scientific papers in international refereed journals and about 50 book chapters and three edited books, she has 8494 citations in Google Scholar and her h-index is 48. She is the current EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction) president. 

Dr. Rauni Räsänen is a Professor Emerita in Global Education at University of Oulu, which is the first and only professorship in global education in Finland.
Before her university career, she worked as a primary and secondary school teacher and as a provincial adviser for language teaching.
At the university, she taught in both primary and secondary teacher education programmes and co-ordinated two international programmes:
Intercultural teacher education and Education and Globalisation Masters programme.
Her main research interests include teacher education development, ethics and education, comparative education, global and Intercultural education. 

Netta Iivari is a Professor in Information Systems and Research Unit Leader of INTERACT research unit in University of Oulu, Finland.
She has background in Cultural Anthropology as well as in Information Systems and Human Computer Interaction research.
Her long lasting research interest concerns understanding and strengthening children’s participation in shaping and making their digital futures within their everyday life.
For the past ten years, she has – together with her colleagues in INTERACT – carried out collaborative projects with children, exploring their technology-rich everyday life
as well as experimenting with ways of empowering children through design and making. Her work is strongly influenced by participatory and critical research traditions.

Ms. Satu Haapanen is a M.Ed., Chair of Board of Education and Culture, Councillor, City of Oulu, Senior Member of Parliament.

Dr. Kari Kumpulainen is Director of the Oulu University Teacher Training School.
Kari Kumpulainen has published about 40 scientific articles, mostly on the area of educational technology. His educational background is in Education (PhD), Computer Science, and Educational Psychology. He is also a qualified flight instructor, CPL(A)/IR/FI.

The academic career of Kari Kumpulainen includes more than 30 year experience in various tasks, most of the time as a teacher trainer. Since 2012 he has been working in his current position.
Previously he worked as a Director of the Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius.
That consortium includes three Finnish universities: University of Jyväskylä, University of Oulu and University of Vaasa. 

More than 10 years Dr. Kari Kumpulainen was leading the Educational Technology Thematic Interest Group of the European Teacher Education Network (ETEN), and during 2012-2014 he was the board member of the same international organization. ETEN includes more than 60 universities around the world.
During his career Dr. Kumpulainen has visited more than 50 countries as an educational expert.

Dr. Sari Räisänen works as vice principal in the University of Oulu Teacher Training school. 

She has a long experience of working as a classroom teacher and as a special education teacher in primary schools in Finland, and she has been working as a principal in a private kindergarten and primary school in Sweden.
Räisänen’s research interests concern the vast area of transformative literacies/ multiliteracies in classroom communities and professional learning of teachers.

Dr. Raimo Salo has got more than twenty years of experience in the field of education.
He has worked as a teacher, IB PYP coordinator, coordinator for minority groups’ education and teacher trainer.
Currently, his work includes planning, developing and implementing professional training courses in the Global Education Services Team at the Oulu University Teacher Training School. 

In his PhD studies Dr. Salo focused on knowledge management and capacity building. He studied teachers' pedagogical competencies and the change management required as the society around us is in a constant change process.

Dr. Salo’s special interest and expertise is in Language Aware Education which he has been training for teacher trainers and teachers in Finland and in other countries.
Language Aware Education supports students’ learning in all subjects.
It is one of the most accurate topics in the Finnish teacher education and National Core Curriculum at the moment.

Iván Sánchez Milara is working as instructor at Fab Lab Oulu.
His main tasks include training Fab Academy students, university students and in-service teachers as well as organizing activities for schools in Fab Lab Oulu.
He is also a PhD student investigating how to integrate ICT innovations into learning environments in order to assist teachers into their daily tasks.
His view is that teachers should be able to produce their own digital content and physical devices for their classes.
To that end, he is investigating how Fab Lab machines and processes can be integrated into formal learning environments.

Last updated: 9.9.2019