Learning landscapes are evolving – what of it? 

FERA Conference on Education 21st and 22nd November in University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu

Learning landscapes are a theoretical and empirically broad entity that can be viewed from a physical, mental, social and cultural learning perspective, and even from a security perspective. Studying, teaching, and thus learning, come out of the classroom, become more communal, and challenge interpersonal skills. Formal and informal, real and virtual learning environments are intricately intertwined. Old and new learning tools are looking for each other ahead, behind and alongside. 

Changes in physical and technological learning environments affect to pedagogical solutions. They shape the social and psychological environment, the mental landscape of learning. Different learning habits, learners' self-regulation processes and motivation are at the center of focus. We need to reflect on what kind of pedagogical changes and what kind of consequences we really want to promote. We need to think about supporting the balanced growth and development of children and young people who are heterogeneous in their know-how in places where there are conflicting value propositions and where their expectations and minds are burdened by various expectations. 

During the FERA conference on education in Joensuu, key note speakers and research papers discussed in thematic groups look at how educators, teachers and tutors learn to navigate learning in a changing landscape. What challenges do the changes in adult and working landscapes add to this complex? What permanent can we rely on for our future generation? 

The key note speakers of the conference are Lucila Carvalho (Massey University, New Zealand) and Professor Minna Huotilainen (the University of Helsinki).