Kai Pata homepage
I am an Estonian researcher in Educational technology. Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.
My experience in the field started at 1994 as a virtual teacher in learning environment Miksike what we developed with collegues. The best part was winning the Stockholm Challenge award in 2000 in the field of Education. The environment is still one of the most actively used learning environments in Estonia. From 2000-2007 I worked at research positions at the University of Tartu, Science Didactics Department doing various science-related studies. During Tartu times i did my MSc study about decision-making role-play in chatroom and PhD study about scaffolding patterns in chat systems at the University of Turku. From 2006 my job as a senior researcher of educational technology is related with Tallinn University, Center for Educational Technology. From 2006-2008 i was actively involved in iCamp project of IST 6th framework. We developed and tested empirically a framework of teaching self-directing, collaborating and networking competences in cross-institutional social software settings. The final deliverable provides the teaching model. From 2009-2012 i lead the pedagogical ideas of IST project IntelLEO – Intelligent Learning Organization. We tested collaboration and objectives’ harmonization in the a hybrid organization model consisting of universities an enterprises. Currently i am involved in the IST 7th Framework Learning Layers project, with the networked scaffolding topic. Our basic funding and grants cover developing distributed learning environments and investigating learning in these hybrid systems. I currently teach master level courses: Educational Technology research and evaluation , Ecology of narratives; Introduction to new media. My interests are related with educational usage of new spaces in the web and in the world enriched with virtual dimensions. I think about, hybrid ecosystems, swarm phenomena in Web 2.0, reusing workflow patterns i networks, semiotic aspects of learning systems, affordances and activity theory, hybrid ecology, intersubjectivity formation. Recently i am working with hybrid narrative ecosystems and knowledge conversion in hybrid organization model. Some of my publications are here. In my personal life, i am a single mother of three great sons and a little baby girl: Joosep Pata (22) is a master student in physics, his bachelor project on supersymmetry and dark matter got the first price in national research competition, he is good at programming and did some research with CERN data as part of the team. Joosep has always great ideas, such as building the sailingboat with his own hands (http://purjekas.planet.ee/); Artur Pata (20) graduated the gymnasium and then worked as a sailor at cargo ship Sydland, now he is a bachelor student in material sciences; Villem Pata (19) is a medicine student who is good at programming on the game engine and playing electric guitar, and Lucia Mae (1) is my little daughter and the joy of my life. Some of my poems