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The agile education research group (RAGE) studies approaches for data-driven continuous improvement in education. We challenge ourselves to continuously implement and study ways that help students on their path towards becoming a professional. 

 

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.

-- Bruce Lee

 

Activity

 

2015

2014

  • Johanna Rämö selected to Teachers' Academy of the University of Helsinki, Dec 19.
  • Joni Salmi and Mika Viinamäki selected to participate Facebook's Open Acacdemy via Software Factory, Dec 18.
  • Joni Salmi receives Junior Teacher - Good Teacher Award of the Department of Computer Science on Dec 17.
  • Jaakko Kurhila interviewed about MOOCs by the YLE News (in Finnish), Dec 5.
  • Jaakko Kurhila talks about "MOOCs, also as an entrance exam" at Open University (invited), Nov 26.
  • Arto Vihavainen presents a paper "How novices tackle their first lines of code in an IDE: analysis of programming session traces" in ACM Koli Calling 2014, Nov 22.
  • RAGE hosts CSed researcher team from Linköping University, Sweden, Nov 18.
  • Jaakko Kurhila talks about "MOOCs as an entrance exam" (in Finnish) in a natioanl seminar by Ministry of Education and Culture (invited), Oct 28.
  • Arto Vihavainen et al. receive ACM SIGITE 2014 Best Paper Award, Oct 24.
  • Linkki (Emilia Hjelm) runs CodeWeek.eu events, see complete programme in koodiviikko.fi, Oct 11-17. 
  • Ragefest in Loviisa, Oct 2-3. It is rage on!
  • Jaakko Kurhila featured in "When a lecture is not enough" (in Finnish), in science magazine Yliopisto 7/2014, Sep 26.
  • Jaakko Kurhila talks about educational excellence to school rectors from Shanghai, Sep 22.
  • Jaakko Kurhila present "Experiences from running a programming MOOC in Finland" at Aalto University Fin Finland (invited) on August 27.
  • Matti Luukkainen one of three finalists for Vuoden tieteentekijä 2014 (Scholar of the year, named by the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers), Aug 20.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "Our Experiences of MOOCs" as a workshop at the University of Eastern Finland (invited) on August 14.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses" at the University of Eastern Finland (invited) on August 14.
  • Gabriella Dodero presents a poster "I did not expect to learn so much: assessing student perception of Extreme Apprenticeship for Operating Systems" at  IEEE ICALT 2014 in Athens, Greece, on Jul 7-9.
  • Arto Vihavainen presents "Cognitive Flexibility and Programming Performance" and "Exploring Problem Solving Paths in a Java Programming Course" at the 25th Anniversary Psychology in Programming Workshop, Brighton, UK, Jun 25-27.
  • Arto Vihavainen discussing students' motivation in a panel at the 19th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Uppsala, Sweden, on Jun 23.
  • Emilia Hjelm in the YLE Radio 1 (in "Kultakuume: Et pääse enää irti tietokoneesta") talking about early programming education on June 16.
  • Emilia Hjelm in the YLE Radio news talking about Linkki's girl's programming summer camp on June 10.
  • Rosella Gennari presents the paper "Extreme Apprenticeship meets Playful Design at Operating systems Labs- A case study" at the MIS4TEL conference (Methodologies and Intelligent Systems for Technology enhanced learning) in Salamanca (Spain).
  • Matti Luukkainen leaves the university for 7 months to work as a software trainee at AppGyver
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "MOOCifying the essentials" at the University of Eastern Finland (invited) on May 19.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "Can a teacher fail his own course?" on Faculty of Science teaching development seminar (invited) on May 14.
  • Jaakko Kurhila is the "President-elect" for the Teachers' Academy (term 2015-2016), on May 12.
  • Francesca Ravanelli, Vincenzo Del Fatto, Gabriella Dodero and Rosella Gennari present  "Un MOOC a scuola: approcci e prospettive" (A MOOC at school, approaches and perspectives, in Italian) on May 7-9.
  • Jaakko Kurhila talks about MOOCs at Tampere University of Technology (invited) on Mar 20.
  • Johanna Rämö and Jaakko Kurhila present XA education in Teachers' Cafe in Kumpula campus (invited) on Mar 17.
  • Gabriella Dodero launches "E3 OS Videos" collecting up to 30 videos dedicated to XA-based Operating Systems exercises on Linux command language and bash scripting (in English, Italian, German), on Mar 10.
  • Arto Vihavainen presents Codebrowser and nifty assignements in ACM SIGCSE 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, on Mar 6 and Mar 8.
  • Gabriella Dodero presented "How to motivate digital natives to use a command line" (in Italian)  at University of Rome Sapienza in Workshop on teacher training in Computer Science on Feb 21-22.
  • Gabriella Dodero interviewed in Salto (in Italian), on Feb 18. 
  • Matti Luukkainen interviewed in Opettaja (Teacher, in Finnish) magazine, on Feb 17.
  • Matti Luukkainen presented Aktivator! in Univ. Helsinki Teachers' Academy (invited), on Feb 14.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "MOOCs as means for formally recognised learning" in AHOT Seminar (invited), on Jan 30.
  • MOOC started! on Jan 17.
  • RAGE visits Päivölä (invited), on Jan 15.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "Well-organized meaningful mess" in CICERO Learning seminar (invited), on Jan 14.
  • RAGEretreat (undisclosed)
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "MOOCs and SPOCs in education" in Aalto Goes Accessible Symposium 2014 (invited workshop), on Jan 9.

2013

  • Arto Vihavainen receives Junior Researcher Award of the Department of Computer Science on Dec 17.
  • Fabian Fagerholm receives Senior Teacher - Good Teacher Award of the Department of Computer Science on Dec 17.
  • Emilia Hjelm receives Junior Teacher - Good Teacher Award of the Department of Computer Science on Dec 17.
  • Jaakko Kurhila is selected to the University of Helsinki Teachers' Academy, Dec 17.
  • RAGE organizes global day of code retreat for Helsinki on Dec 14. 
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "MOOCs: hopes and fears" in Finnish Online Education Days (valtakunnalliset virtuaaliopetuksen päivät, invited) in Helsinki, on Dec 2.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "MOOC as a path to degree studies" to DIA (engineers and architects) joint admission development group (invited), on Nov 29. 
  • Thomas Vikberg presents "XA in Matehmatics Education" for University of Helsinki Teacher's Academy, on Nov 17. 
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "Learning in the Age of Digital" in University Chancellor's Dinner in Helsinki (invited), on Nov 13.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "MOOCs for learning to program" in LUMA Days 2013, science education in Finland (invited), on Nov 7.
  • Jaakko Kurhila talks about MOOCs for HR personnel at the University of Helsinki (invited), on Nov 6.
  • Fabian Fagerholm presents "Peer Assessment in Experiential Learning: Assessing Tacit and Explicit Skills in Agile Software Engineering Capstone Projects" at IEEE FiE 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Oct 25. 
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "Carry-on effect of XA" at IEEE FIE 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Oct 24.
  • Jaakko Kurhila talks about MOOCs in SYL seminar in Dipoli, Espoo (invited), on Oct 21.
  • Jaakko Kurhila talks about MOOCs in the Parliament of Finland, Committee for Culture and Education (invited), on Oct 16.
  • Kenny Heinonen, Kasper Hirvikoski, Matti Luukkainen and Arto Vihavainen receive the ACM SIGITE 2013 Best paper Award, on Oct 11.
  • Arto Vihavainen presents "Learning Agile Software Engineering Practises using Coding Dojo" and "MOOC as a university entrance exam" at ACM SIGITE 2013 in Orlando, Florida on Oct 11-12.
  • Matti Luukkainen gives a lightning talk about XA and MOOCs in University of Helsinki Teachers' Academy meeting on Sep 18
  • Gabriella Dodero presents "Extreme Apprenticeship, a new way of teaching CS?" at University of Padova, Italy (invited) on Sep 18,
  • RAGE hosts a visitor from Alpen-Adria-University of Klagenfurt Austria, Dr Barbara Sabitzer, on Sep 13.
  • Arto Vihavainen presents "Results From a Three-Year Transition to the Extreme Apprenticeship Method" and "Predicting Students’ Performance in an Introductory Programming Course Using Data from Students’ own Programming Process" at ICALT in Beijing, China on July 15-18.
  • Arto Vihavainen presents "Using Students' Programming Behavior to Predict Success in an Introductory Mathematics Course" at EDM 2013 in Memphis, Tennesse on July 7-9.
  • Arto Vihavainen presents "Massive Increase in Eager TAs: Experiences from Extreme Apprenticeship-based CS1" and "Scaffolding Students’ Learning using Test My Code" at ITiCSE in Canterbury, UK on July 1-3.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents MOOC for Digabi, Finnish national project to move the finals of high schools online (invited), on June 7. 
  • Matti Luukkainen presents "Early Start in Software Coaching" at XP2013, Vienna, Austria on June 5.
  • Arto Vihavainen presents "Test My Code: an Automatic Assessment Service for the Extreme Apprenticeship Method" at ebTEL in Salamanca, Spain on May 22.
  • Arto Vihavainen presents "Bringing Undergraduates to the Web: Baby Steps in Webifying a Software Engineering Curriculum" at CSEET in San Francisco, USA on May 20.
  • Jaakko Kurhila interviewed about MOOCs in University World News on April 21, 2013.
  • RAGE World Tour 2013 dates soon fixed: papers to ICALT x2, XP2013, ebTEL, ITiCSE x2, CSEET and EDM accepted!
  • Jaakko Kurhila (with others) hosts a theme seminar on MOOCs at ITK 2013, Aulanko, Finland on April 11-12, 2013 (cancelled due to a busted leg).
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "Twelve-week entrance exam online"  in Turku, Finland (invited; cancelled due to a busted leg) on April 8, 2013.
  • Jaakko Kurhila, interview in Turun Sanomat on April 2, 2013.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "Leadership in Agile Education: Balancing High Demands with Inspiring Elements" in Trondheim, Norway (invited) on March 12-13, 2013.
  • Jaakko Kurhila gives a talk on "Everybody, shout MOOC!" at Blended Learning 2013, Helsinki (invited keynote) on March 7, 2013. (pdf, in Finnish)
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents  "MOOCs are here, so what?" at Freie Universität Bozen-Bolzano (invited special seminar) on Feb 20-21, 2013. (pdf)
  • Interview of Jaakko Kurhila about XA and MOOC in the University of Helsinki main news on Feb 19, 2013.
  • Matti Luukkainen is selected as an inaugural member for the University of Helsinki Teachers' Academy, Jan 30, 2013.
  • MOOC on game programming for secondary school students starts on Jan 28, 2013.
  • Jaakko Kurhila gives a talk on "Of in-line online off-assessment"  for Network of Educational Technology Support of Univ. Helsinki (invited) on Jan 24, 2013.
  • MOOC on programming starts on Jan 18, 2013.
  • Fabian Fagerholm et al are conducting a software factory project at Stanford University with Facebook, Jan 18, 2013. 
  • Jaakko Kurhila talks about "Educational Excellence" at Univ. Bergen, Norway (invited) on Jan 18-19, 2013.
  • Thomas Vikberg hosts the workshop "Student-centered approaches to learning" at the the Seminar of Finland's Science Education Centre LUMA on Jan 15, 2013.
  • Thomas Vikberg presents "Gesällundervisning (engl. Extreme Apprenticeship)" at the Science SLAM organized by The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland on Jan 10, 2013.

2012

  • Arto Vihavainen, Emilia Hjelm and Jaakko Kurhila present plans for a MOOC for school students at Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation celebratory evening on Dec 11, 2012. 
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents XA education at University of Pisa, Italy, on November 29, 2012.
  • Thomas Vikberg  gives a talk at Interaction in Educational Research, FERA Conference on Education, in Helsinki, with the topic "Tehostettu kisällioppiminen tietojenkäsittelytieteen ja matematiikan opetuksessa yliopistossa (engl. Extreme Apprenticeship method in teaching computer science and mathematics at university-level)", on November 22, 2012. (GoogleDrive, pdf)
  • Jaakko Kurhila is interviewed by YLE Suomi (Finnish national radio) radio news about IT skills of beginning students, on November 19, 2012. (text version / audio)
  • Jaakko Kurhila's opinion piece about MOOCs in Helsingin Sanomat, on November 13 (behind a paywall, original submitted version here)
  • Johanna Rämö and Thomas Vikberg gives a talk at the Aalto University with the title "Extreme Apprenticeship: Reforming traditional lecture courses" (invited), on November 12, 2012.
  • Matti Luukkainen and Jaakko Kurhila present XA and MOOC to Network of Educational Technology Support of Univ. Helsinki (invited), on October 28, 2012.
  • Jaakko Kurhila gives a talk at OHA-Forum, network for Finnish Universities educational directors and administrators in Congress Center Paasitorni, Helsinki, topic "Teachers, are we doing the right stuff? -- Indicators of Education" (invited), on October 12, 2012.
  • Arto Vihavainen presents "Three Years of Design-based Research to Reform a Software Engineering Curriculum"  at ACM SIGITE’12 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on October 13.
  • Arto Vihavainen presents "Multi-faceted Support for MOOC in Programming" at ACM SIGITE’12 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on October 12.
  • Kalle Viiri takes XA-based programming education to Tumaini University, Iringa University College, Tanzania. See his blog  about the developments (English and Finnish)
  • Jaakko Kurhila gives a talk to teachers at Aalto University on "Agile Teaching, Learning and Education -- also Online" (invited), Espoo, on October 1.
  • Interview of Thomas Vikberg in YLE Radio Vega (national radio) about using Extreme Apprenticeship method in mathematics (in Swedish), Sep 9, 2012.
  • Interview of Thomas Vikberg about using Extreme Apprenticeship method in mathematics in Univ. Helsinki main news: "Revolution in mathematics teaching", September 7, 2012.
  • Gabriella Dodero from Freie Universität Bozen-Bolzano visits XA Labs on September 5-10, 2012.
  • RAGE at Assembly Summer 2012, the largest demoscene and gaming party in Finland. We organized a MOOC in introductory programming for the event, where each solved programming exercise awarded you a ticket to a hardware lottery. During the weekend we got over 1000 submissions from the arena and gave out awesome prices.
  • Thomas Vikberg presents "Extreme apprenticeship method in teaching university-level mathematics" at the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12): July 8-15, 2012, Seoul, Korea.
  • Gabriella Dodero presents "Extreme Apprenticeship goes blended: an experience" (joint work with Francesco di Cerbo) at ICALT 2012 in Rome, Italy, on July 7-10, 2012.
  • Organizing MOOC in introductory programming to students that were admitted to Department of Computer Science through normal procedures. Look out for students that have done their CS1 already before they start their studies. Enter CS2 during the first term.
  • Gabriella Dodero presents "Extreme Apprenticeship: teaching exact sciences in an experimental way" at ICA-Edu (ECHAE) conference 2012 in Bolzano, on June 21, 2012.
  • Educating youth! RAGE on at programming camps organized by Linkki in June
  • Spring 2012 MOOC and MOOC attendant interviews are over. Over 40 students were admitted to the Department of Computer Science through MOOC.
  • Youth power! Hosting school visits at the Department of Computer Science. Tons of metaphors about Computer Science and University Studies using the marshmallow challenge. Sheer awesomeness!
  • Check out this video on how the Math Department has organized their XA education (in Finnish only)
  • MOOC on programming was awarded the 1st prize (shared) in eEemeli 2012, in the category called "Best of the Best" on Apr 19, 2012. eEemeli is a national quality competition in search of the best interactive media learning solution by the Association of Finnish eLearning Centre.
  • Thomas Vikberg is awarded "laudatur" (highest grade reserved for the most exceptional cases) for his MSc thesis on "Teaching an Introductory Course in Logic to Undergraduate Students Using Extreme Apprenticeship Method" on Apr 3, 2012.  
  • Arto Vihavainen presents "Software Craftsmansip Approach to Data Structures" at ACM SIGCSE 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina on Mar 2, 2012.
  • Prof Gabriella Dodero, Rector's Delegate for Student Centered Learning, gives a seminar on "XA, a new way of teaching CS?" at DISI, Univ. Genova, Italy, on Feb 16, 2012.
  • Second MOOC starting on Feb 6, 2012. It's MOOC on algorithms!
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "Extreme Apprenticeship for Programming Education" (invited) to the City of Helsinki Education Department on Jan 27, 2012.
  • Be prepared for MOOC on programming, starting on Jan 17, 2012. It's massive, as it serves also as an entrance exam for the department of CS!
  • Johanna Rämö giving a presentation about experiences of XA in Linear Algebra and Matrices I&II at the Mathematics Days at Lappeenranta University of Technology on Jan 4, 2012.

2011

  • Arto Vihavainen receives Senior Teacher Good Teacher Award of the Department of Computer Science on Dec 20, 2011.
  • Matti Luukkainen giving presentations about XA at University Pedacogics course in Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, Dec 16, 2011.
  • Thomas Vikberg, Arto Vihavainen and Jaakko Kurhila present Linkki's activities, especially MOOC at Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation celebratory evening on Dec 12, 2011. 
  • Early results from the course Linear Algebra and Matrices I  are presented at the general assembly of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics by Terhi Hautala, Tiina Romu, Johanna Rämö and Thomas Vikberg on Nov 28, 2011.
  • Matti Luukkainen is the recipient of the Student Union of University of Helsinki "Good Teacher - Magister Bonus" prize for 2011 on Nov 26, 2011.
  • Jaakko Kurhila and Arto Vihavainen receive the ACM SIGITE 2011 Best paper Award on Oct 20, 2011.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "XA management" at ACM SIGITE 2011 in West Point, New York on October 20, 2011.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "First time you employ XA, it's free!" in front of the most critical audience: teachers of our department, University of Helsinki, October 14, 2011.
  • Arto Vihavainen and Thomas Vikberg giving presentations about XA at TA training of the Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14, 2011.
  • Arto Vihavainen and Jaakko Kurhila hosted the official opening of Linkki, LUMA resource center for the Dept of CS, Univ of Helsinki, Oct 7, 2011.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "XA in programming education, aka Paja" in pedagogical training for faculty, Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki, September 26, 2011.
  • Ragefest (official kickoff in Loviisa, Finland) on September 15-16, 2011.
  • XA-team hosts two visitors from Freie Universität Bozen-Bolzano September 5-14, 2011 (in order to start XA in Bolzano).
  • Arto Vihavainen present "XA refined" at ACM ITiCSE 2011 on June 29, 2011.
  • Arto Vihavainen and Antti Laaksonen host two no-nonsense summer code camps for high school students during the last week of June, first week of July, 2011.
  • Jaakko Kurhila invited to Aalto University to discuss XA-activities with CS teachers on June 22, 2011.
  • Millennium Youth Camp (MYCamp) participants experience XA-based agile learning on June 13, 2011
  • Jaakko Kurhila and Arto Vihavainen do pecha kucha on agile learning at The Centennial Foundation of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries cocktail reception on June 7, 2011.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "Agile Education: meaningful activities only" a.k.a "Think twice before wasting time on useless lecturing" (invited talk, in Finnish) at Aalto University on May 13, 2011.
  • Jaakko Kurhila, Matti Paksula and Matti Luukkainen showcase XA and rave about agile education at Freie Universität Bozen-Bolzano (invited seminar on Extreme Apprenticeship: Eliminating Waste in Learning to Program) on May 5, 2011.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "Learning in an excellent environment" (invited talk) at NOKUT 2011 on April 12, 2011.
  • Ragefest 3 (details withheld) on March 11, 2011.
  • Arto Vihavainen presents "XA method" at ACM SIGCSE 2011 on March 11, 2011.
  • Jaakko Kurhila presents "Agile and blended learning" (keynote address, in Finnish) at Blended Learning 2011 on March 10, 2011.

 

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