VOC Theme 13- Interaction with the working community

Themes 1 and 2 – What is interaction with the working community all about and why is it important?

For this assignment, I chose my own field of profession – telecommunication. The telecom field used to be quite popular study field few years ago but mostly due to the downfall of Nokia, there isn’t that great need nowadays for telecom engineers hence universities and polytechnic institutes had to adjust the amount of students accordingly. But currently it seems that there is still vast amount of potential, so maybe after few years we will have the next Nokia among us again?

I also think that the telecom area have had good experiences in terms of interaction with the working community, as the gap between the research area and the industry is quite narrow, so there are number of projects and programs running, which makes it possible to share the information between educational institutions and industry. The information share also helps the teachers to keep their teaching material up to date, therefore teaching current trends of the field to students thus increasing their level of competence. Working life interaction might be possible to guide by following the project-centric approach, real-life projects, active participation from the industry side and continuous reflection.

Theme 3

The first quiz didn’t go that well from my side. With few questions I easily recognized the wrong answer but I had difficulties finding the right one, as both options did fit quite well with the question… So long story short, I failed and got D+ with 67% right answers.

But the second game was much easier for me…


Theme four

For this example of collaboration between vocational institutes and working life organisations I chose the Reaxity -program, which aimed for creating a “roadmap” of technologies and needed competencies to see the future urban areas as open mixed reality space. The program itself is being run by University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and a number of high-tech companies such as VTT and Nokia. By having good examples of such innovative projects, in best scenarios it might be possible to “foresee” some of the upcoming trends in that particular field, thus providing the industry new business opportunities and employees, also nurturing research and new projects or study programs for educational institutes.




VOC 12 – entrepreneurship

For this VOC theme 12 we were supposed to create a video about how to promote entrepreneurial values, so my example video can be seen here

As a second part of the assignment we had to contemplate how to promote entrepreneurship in my field of profession. I guess in the telecommunication field, the entrepreneurial values play big role in terms of creativity, and innovating new tools and business areas for e.g. wireless communications, such as Taneli Riihonen’s highly awarded dissertation about wireless networks’ data transfer capacity. Hence, for my personal viewpoint, it seems that creativity and entrepreneurship goes pretty much hand-in-hand, also mentioned by Randall Pinkett’s TEDx -video.

The telecommunication area is highly competed, and there seems to be many unwritten rules, such as cities and municipalities purchase their telecommunication deals always from big operators. But sometimes it isn’t so, as my employer recently won the bidding competition of all broadband-network connections for City of Oulu, as can be read here. So those aforementioned unwritten rules have to be challenged in a way to understand how they can be prevailed and therefore making new business opportunities.

In the videos, which my classmates made for the assignment, there were mentioned a number of personal characteristics which can be seen as entrepreneurial values, such as:

  • honesty
  • leadership
  • endurance
  • flexibility
  • personal growth

and I totally agree to those (such as Iikka’s video about healthcare and taking a role of the patient, and Eeva’s example about how to teach creativity) but nonetheless, it is totally up to the employing organization whether they will understand or nurture the benefits of having entrepreneurial employee. Sometimes experiences from other business fields may result in new viewpoints, and also understanding the nature of the industry, and in a nutshell, that’s one of the reasons why I began studying these teacher studies in the first place.

VOC 11 – Global and Multicultural Activities

Here’s my poster for VOC 11. First post of this year, and also first experience of using Canva for creating a poster. I found the original topic bit misleading in a way, so I had to modify it a bit but hopefully it doesn’t matter.


As a second part of the assignment, I was supposed to give a feedback about Mari’s poster, which can be found here.

Mari’s topic was “How to create suitable conditions for learning with a multicultural student group?” and Mari pinpointed examples as follows:

  • It requires attitude, knowledge and skills
  • Teacher has to know the learning processes
  • Equality, fairness, same playrules for all
  • Teacher should use creativity, sometimes some extra effort and have cultural knowledge, diligence, courage
  • Teacher should know and understand her/his own culture and her/his own cultural background
  • discussion, communication, openness, critical thinking

In terms of feedback, perhaps there was little bit of repetition with the found issues, and maybe the poster could be more graphical, but with the topic it’s quite close to what I would have been taken into my own poster of that topic as well. The cultural issues can sometimes be quite sensitive issues to handle, so of course it helps to have much information about concerning issues, and understanding cultural differences is very important skill for a teacher. Hence, the attitude, knowledge and skills.

Process-centric thinking helps also understanding students’ own learning thus being able to adjust the teaching accordingly. It’s also essential to have the equality among the students, and the openness and interaction with the students helps in building the trust and discussion.