Teaching

give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime

Teaching deals with communication, knowledge transfer, listening, anticipating and reacting, stimulating and questioning. My specialty has become to teach about the role of data and technology in our society. Product and Service Design related topics are due to historical developments taught through the eyes of an engineer but my teaching is rather following the scientific method.

My lectures are an adventure and never the same, I never teach from a book nor repeat myself unnecessarily. Instead of reading from a book and telling my students what to think I follow the above Chinese proverb. More often than not we start the etymology (study of words) and begin to imagine what a topic such as User Experience Design might mean. The idea is that if you do the research yourself, struggle a bit and come with some answer you learn better than accepting what I got to say about this. Of course there is a moment of synthesis which we do through conversations.

History

I started teaching when I was still at high school. I took over a few times the art class as the teacher was away and she saw my enthusiasm for helping my fellow students. I liked it but was not very much aware of me doing some actual teaching.

When I arrived in Finland in 1995 my first teaching was in a pretty much similar situation: taking over a class. Only this time the teacher had no connection with the group  as a whole and no results were made I got to hear.

It was a group in the spatial planning department of then UIAH (TAIK) and which is now called Aalto university. I remember the course very well. Students were asked to redesign a not so attractive but important shopping center in East Helsinki.

What surprised me was that they all designed by looking at a map and floor plans. I changed that and taught them to design while standing and walking around in the shopping center. They liked it and the results were great. I back in 1995/6 such a thing would be called customer centered design.

Teaching Experience

Lahti University of Applied Sciences

courses on UX Design and Interactive Content Design at LAMK

Aalto University - MediaLab

MA course Dynamic Visualization Design (DVD2) together with Markku Reunanen at Aalto MediaLab. This was a hands-on course in the second semester (January till May/June) that taught the students to critically look at a data set, understand what it is about and what might be wrong with it. Then through the various design phase, we would create a data-driven service. One important step is scenario writing and each year the skeptical students experienced how useful the scenarios had been for the later design and implementation.

Tallinn University

workshop on creativity in education for the teaching staff at the Tallinn University

Aalto University

2 workshops "Ajatus" for 1st year art and design students at Aalto University

Tallinn University of Technology

workshop on creativity in education for the teaching staff and students at the Tallinn University of Technology

Estonian Business School

workshop on creativity in business for the teaching staff at the Estonian Business School

Aalto University - MediaLab

MA course Dynamic Visualization Design (DVD2) together with Markku Reunanen at Aalto MediaLab. This was a hands-on course in the second semester (January till May/June) that taught the students to critically look at a data set, understand what it is about and what might be wrong with it. Then through the various design phase, we would create a data-driven service. One important step is scenario writing and each year the skeptical students experienced how useful the scenarios had been for the later design and implementation.

Aalto University

workshop "Ajatus" on how to get ideas for 1st year art and design students at Aalto University

Estonian Art Academy

open lecture on Imagination at the Estonian Art Academy

Estonian Art Academy

5 day workshop on creativity for MA students at the Estonian Art Academy

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

lecture about the practical use of intuition for researchers at VTT biotechnology (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) department in Otaniemi, Helsinki

Aalto University - MediaLab

MA course Dynamic Visualization Design (DVD2) together with Markku Reunanen at Aalto MediaLab. This was a hands-on course in the second semester (January till May/June) that taught the students to critically look at a data set, understand what it is about and what might be wrong with it. Then through the various design phase, we would create a data-driven service. One important step is scenario writing and each year the skeptical students experienced how useful the scenarios had been for the later design and implementation.

Aalto University - MediaLab

MA course Dynamic Visualization Design (DVD2) together with Markku Reunanen at Aalto MediaLab. This was a hands-on course in the second semester (January till May/June) that taught the students to critically look at a data set, understand what it is about and what might be wrong with it. Then through the various design phase, we would create a data-driven service. One important step is scenario writing and each year the skeptical students experienced how useful the scenarios had been for the later design and implementation.

Aalto University (University of Art and Design Helsinki)

Lecturer on Information Visualization for MA design students at the University of Art and Design Helsinki

Tampere Polytechnic (TAMK)

Full course InfoGraphics (and understanding the media) at the Tampere Polytechnic (TAMK)

Tampere Polytechnic (TAMK)

Full course Lecturer on Information Visualization at the Tampere Polytechnic (TAMK)

Tampere Polytechnic (TAMK)

Full courses InfoGraphics (and understanding the media) at the Tampere Polytechnic (TAMK)

Tampere Polytechnic (TAMK)

course product development at the Tampere Polytechnic (TAMK)

University of Tampere

lecture at the University of Tampere on Future Interfaces

Grafisch Lyceum Amsterdam

lecture on the use of ICT in teaching at the Grafisch Lyceum Amsterdam

Aalto University (University of Art and Design Helsinki)

Full courses coaching spatial planning students at TAIK

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Closing thoughts

Teaching is a 2-way street. I learn by teaching and the audience learns from me and from the interaction and dynamics. My world is colourful, very colourful, and I do not see it black and white. I do rarely present certainties but rather open doors and explore alternatives. My role as an educator is to help you to see, feel and understand a wider spectrum of options. And I am good at this, period.

I like to work with art and design students, or other creative fields. Creative in this context means when people need to come up with solutions, find oddball combinations, try something out of the blue. If that is the spirit in your school then we have a match.

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