Learning Environments research group

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The Learning Environments Research Group (short name: LeGroup) is involved in research, design and development of New Media tools, as well as their use and application, in the field of learning.

The research group was founded in 1998 when the University of Art and Design’s Media Lab launched its initiative on future learning environments in cooperation with the Centre for Research on Networked Learning and Knowledge Building at the University of Helsinki. Since then the group has collaborated in, generated and coordinated several research and development projects at national, Nordic and European levels. The Learning Environments group carries out research and design in the areas of:

  • Computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL);
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) in learning (tablets, mobile phones, touch screens, PDAs, PCs etc.);
  • ICT in creative group work and design;
  • ICT in empowerment through learning; and
  • Learning environments enhanced with technology.

The group’s approach to research and design of New Media and learning is theory-based but design-oriented. This means that besides the academic research papers the outcomes of the group are often software systems, software prototypes, applications and scenarios.

The group’s works are based on the social constructivist theory that sees learning as a participation in social processes of knowledge construction. The members of the group come from very different backgrounds covering education, computer science and design, but they all share the same pedagogical thinking.

See more: https://legroup.aalto.fi/

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Photo of Jaana Brinck

Jaana Brinck

Person: Doctoral students, Doctoral studies, Teaching staff

Photo of Eva Durall Gazulla

Eva Durall Gazulla

Person: Postdoctoral researchers, Doctoral students



SySTEM 2020 WP4

Bauters, M., Durall Gazulla, E. & Lin, P.


Project: EU: Framework programmes funding


Leinonen, T., Virnes, M. & Mannila, L.


Project: Unspecified funding

Research Output

Co-creation and co-design in technology-enhanced learning : Innovating science learning outside the classroom

Durall Gazulla, E., Bauters, M., Hietala, I., Leinonen, T. & Kapros, E., 2020, In : ID&A INTERACTION DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE(S). 42, p. 202-226 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • Connected learning with media tools in kindergarten: an illustrative case

    Vartiainen, H., Leinonen, T. & Nissinen, S., 25 Sep 2019, In : EDUCATIONAL MEDIA INTERNATIONAL. 56, 3, p. 233-249

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • DIALOGOS - Fishbowl Conversation Online

    Leinonen, T. & Virnes, M., 2019, Proceedings of the 2018 Connected Learning Summit, CLS2018.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review


    Apple Design Award

    Philip Dean (Supervising professor), Ilari Niitamo (Recipient) & Teemu Leinonen (Advisor), 4 Jun 2018

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Excellence in research in Vocational Education and Training

    Teemu Leinonen (Recipient), Merja Bauters (Recipient), Marjo Virnes (Recipient), Jukka Purma (Recipient), Tarmo Toikkanen (Recipient), Jana Pejoska-Laajola (Recipient) & Ngua Kiarii (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Foundation for Economic Education, Grant for Doctoral Research

    Iida Hietala (Recipient) & Teemu Leinonen (Supervising professor), Nov 2018

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work


    STEAM education: presentation of ongoing research and innovation projects in non-formal and formal education

    Eva Durall Gazulla (Speaker)
    26 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk

    EDDA Norden meeting and workshop

    Jaana Brinck (Organiser), Mira Kallio-Tavin (Organiser), Tiina Pusa (Organiser)
    25 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganization of a workshop, panel, session or tutorial

    University of Helsinki

    Eva Durall Gazulla (Visiting researcher)
    1 Mar 202030 Nov 2020

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisit abroad

    Press / Media

    Finnish universities make sustainable impact

    Teemu Leinonen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Estonians are building the school of tomorrow

    Merja Bauters


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance