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Place: 2D309 (edTech lab), Science Park, Joensuu

Time: 13:15 - 15:00 Finnish time (GMT+2)

13:15 - 14:00, Isabella Venter, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Title: Skills required to design mobile interfaces for diverse users


Universities are required to respond to the evolving needs of a more sophisticated and globalised workplace, which requires well-rounded workers with more than mere technical knowledge. Employers expect their prospective employees to already have acquired a range of professional and personal skills. Universities face a challenge in helping students to develop these skills and it is debatable whether this can be achieved within the university environment. What is needed is a way for students to interact with the outside world as part of their undergraduate programme in a situated learning environment. This paper reports on a computer science assignment specifically designed to develop professional and personal as well as discipline-specific skills.  The results suggest that situated learning assignments are indeed able to enhance the development of precisely those soft skills which are so valued by employers.

14:00 - 14:45, Erkki Sutinen, Professor, School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Title: Big data, big theology

Online participation

It is possible to follow the presentations online via the Adobe Connect Pro system. If you want to follow the seminar online, please contact Jarkko Suhonen (jarkko.suhonen(at) at least couple of days before the seminar.


For more information about the research seminar, please contact Jarkko Suhonen (jarkko.suhonen(at)


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