Year 2020 meant a huge shift in education, as the teachers and students had to rapidly learn to utilize a new learning environment, digital space. This shift has brought not only challenges but also new opportunities, in terms of better utilizing technologies, contents and platforms that have already been part of our digitalized lifestyles. Furthermore, online learning dissolves geographic boundaries, giving the students better possibilities of taking part in celebrations and everyday life of cultures far away. This talk introduces projects through which the students at the University of Washington have been able to digitally explore and share Finnish language and culture and become parts of online communities. It further discusses the opportunities and limits of online learning and asks, if korvapuusti can be enjoyed digitally.
Hanna-Ilona Härmävaara is a visiting lecturer of Finnish language and culture at the University of Washington, sent by the Finnish National Agency for Education. Her background is in linguistics, but she teaches a variety of classes ranging from first year Finnish language studies to advanced level courses on the national epic Kalevala, and Finnish popular culture. Härmävaara is passionate about teaching, and she is always on the lookout for new methods, materials, and technologies that help the students better experience Finnish language and culture.
Join us on Zoom April 16 at 7pm CST
Meeting ID: 873 560 9519Passcode: Salmiakki