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  • PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 1A)



1986 …2020
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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I work currently part time as a postdoctoral researcher in the Technology in Education Research Group at the University of Helsinki. I am also a partner and pedagogical expert in a small company Heuristica Oy. My background is in general psychology and computer science with an extensive experience of consultation and teacher training in the educational use of ICT for 30 years. I have published several articles, book chapters and reports nationally and internationally. My doctoral thesis (2010) focussed on teachers' practices in scaffolding and organizing students' technology-enhanced collaborative inquiry. I have participated in large national (Educational technology projects of Helsinki and Espoo cities, OPTEK, ProWo, CLiC, ARONI, Opettajana virtuaaliluokassa) and international (Netd@ys, ITCOLE, P2P, Celebrate, Ernist, KP-Lab, FICTUP, Linked, KNORK, HEFSESE, HEI ICI PARFORM) research and development projects concerning the use of technology at schools and universities. My research interests:

  • Evaluating pedagogical design solutions in implementing collaborative inquiry and knowledge creation practices in schools and universities.
  • Designing pedagogical infrastructures for collaborative inquiry and knowledge practices in educational settings; see my doctoral thesis.
  • Pedagogy building students’ knowledge work and global competencies.
  • Modelling and evaluating the features and practices of innovative, progressive school in multiple levels.
  • Expertise of teachers in pedagogical usage of ICT.

External positions

eTwinning steering group member, Opetushallitus (The Finnish National Agency of Education)

2013 → …

Partner & Chairman of the Board, Heuristica Oy

1987 → …

Fields of Science

  • 515 Psychology
  • Psychology
  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Educational sciences

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 1986 2019

Open Access

Projects 2000 2020


Dlearn.Helsinki - Helsinki Challenge Science Competition Finalist

Auli Toom (Recipient), Katariina Salmela-Aro (Recipient), Minna Lakkala (Recipient), Mari Tervaniemi (Recipient), Veera Kallunki (Recipient), Tomi Männistö (Recipient), Pasi Silander (Recipient), Veli-Matti Harjula (Recipient) & Niko Lindholm (Recipient), 19 Jun 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 1987 2019

Computers & Education (Journal)

Minna Lakkala (Reviewer)
Sep 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

eTwinning action / European Schoolnet & Finnish National Board of Education (External organisation)

Minna Lakkala (Member)
Feb 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in review committee

Pre-examination of a master thesis

Minna Lakkala (Pre-examiner)
8 Oct 2019

Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

Learning languages virtually at upper secondary level

Liisa Ilomäki (Speaker), Minna Lakkala (Speaker)
17 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Educational research review. (Journal)

Minna Lakkala (Reviewer)
Feb 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Press / Media