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Teemu Leinonen, PhD, is an associate professor of New Media Design and Learning at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Teemu has more than a decade of experience in the field of research and development of web-based learning and since 1998 he has been in charge of Media Lab Helsinki, a research group of Learning Environments.
Teemu has spoken in a wide range of education related conferences and seminars in all continents of the world except for Antartica - still waiting for that invitation! At TEDxOtaniemiED Teemu shared his thoughts on why it is so crucial in today’s society to give less emphasis on what we learn and a lot more on how we learn it.
How did you get the idea for your TEDx talk?
For some years now, I have spent some time on reading and thinking about what makes us human — a species that is able to do all the great, but also awful things. Every day, we are witnessing online a lack of compassion for human suffering. We are often very cruel and unkind to each other online.
We learn the things we practice. Therefore, our behavior online intensifies our behavior everywhere else. We do not kill each other online, but do so in real life, most likely, because of our online behavior.
Online, however, we also may do a lot of good things. We can be nice to each other online, too. And many people are.
From this I started to think: what is there in a human nature that makes us good or bad? It is our ability to learn. And we learn by using our imaginations, by experimenting, wondering and by doing research with others.
What would you like to happen to your talk and your message?
I hope it will make people ask themselves, are they having a positive contribution to the world or not? I hope the talk may encourage people to envision in what kind of world they would like to live in and to do something with a positive impact, whatever it is. A call to your grandma or finding a solution to global warming.
What are you doing next?
I am starting a study project with my colleagues and students. In it we are designing a new kind of labor ward to save the lives of women and babies in low resource settings. I am very excited about the possibility of using design thinking and combining service design, spatial design and new media/software design in the project. It will be great learning experience for everyone.
Where can people find you?
You will easily find me online, I am pretty much in all the social media services. I also hangout in the Aalto Campus.