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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.


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

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

Publications 1986 2019

Improving Group Work Practices in Teaching Life Sciences: Trialogical Learning

Tammeorg, P., Mykkänen, A., Rantamäki, T., Lakkala, M. & Muukkonen, H., Jun 2019, In : Research in Science Education. 49, 3, p. 809-828 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Työkaluja ja menetelmiä globaalien kompetenssien oppimisen tukemiseen

Lakkala, M., Salmela-Aro, K., Kallunki, V., Männistö, T., Pulkkinen, S-A., Fagerholm, F., Dexter, P., Harjula, V-M., Tervaniemi, M. & Toom, A., Mar 2019.

Research output: Conference materialsPosterResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Virtuaalisuus haastaa opettajan ja opiskelijan

Ilomäki, L. H. & Lakkala, M. H., 21 Mar 2019.

Research output: Conference materialsOther conference materialResearchpeer-review

Digital technology and practices for school improvement: innovative digital school model

Ilomäki, L. & Lakkala, M., 28 Dec 2018, In : Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning.. 13, 32 p., 25.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Evaluating the pedagogical quality of international summer courses in a university program

Lakkala, M., Ilomäki, L., Mikkonen, P., Muukkonen, H. & Toom, A., 2018, In : International Journal of Research Studies in Education. 7, 2, p. 89-104 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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

Learning languages virtually at upper secondary level

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

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Interaktiivinen Tekniikka Koulutuksessa, ITK -konferenssi 2018

Minna Lakkala (Speaker: Presenter), Liisa Hannele Ilomäki (Speaker: Presenter), Salli Nurminen (Speaker: Presenter), Jukka Oksa (Speaker: Presenter)
12 Apr 201813 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Educational research review. (Journal)

Minna Lakkala (Reviewer)
May 2018

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 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in review committee

Educational research review. (Journal)

Minna Lakkala (Reviewer)
Nov 2018

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

Press / Media

"Tukea heikkoihin kohtiin", Opettaja-lehti 3/2018

Auli Toom, Minna Lakkala, Veera Kallunki, Mari Tervaniemi & Veli-Matti Harjula


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media