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I am an Estonian researcher in Educational technology. Contact me kpata@tlu.ee.


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. Our basic funding and grants have covered developing distributed learning environments and investigating learning in these hybrid systems.Next i was involved in the IST 7th Framework Learning Layers project, with the networked scaffolding topic. Currently I am working for Horizons 2020 EduMap project.

I teach Research methods for doctoral students of the program Technologies for information society and  master level courses in Educational Technology curriculum: Educational Technology research and evaluation, Learning analytics. Some of my courses that i teach by demand are: Ecology of narratives; Introduction to new media. I am the head of the Educational Technology master curriculum and new Open Soceity Technologies master curriculum in Tallinn University, School of Digital Technologies

Recently i am working with smart ecosystems and knowledge conversion in hybrid organization model as well as with the integrated support model in socio-technical systems. 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 in networks, semiotic aspects of learning systems, affordances and activity theory, hybrid ecology, intersubjectivity formation.

Some of my publications are here.

In my personal life, i am a single mother of three great sons and a little girl. Some of my poems.



  1. Dear Kai Pata::

    I am a PhD student at the University of the Arts, London who is exploring online spaces in relation to emerging art practices, and I just wanted to let you know that I’m reading your blog. It’s both fascinating and useful. So much relevant information! I look forward to commenting on specific posts soon.

  2. Hey,
    your comments are always welcome. There may be some common ideas and first experiments in relation to our ideas in hybrid space and meaning-creation with images and text in there.

  3. Hi!

    I am a doctoral student from Pepperdine University in California, USA. Your blog is fantastic and so informative. Just want you to know that I too have been reading and will participate soon. So grateful for your thoughts.

  4. It is very nice to know that someone found it useful. If to study new media I think i as a researcher must really believe into its merits and try to use it in my research..mainly for myself…or to evoke ideas among other people.

  5. I came here after google “alert” e-mailed me link to your latest blog post. It is good illustration of how amazing infospace is. Despite i am about 5 minutes here i found your blog interesting.

  6. […] was responsible of coordinating the State of Art deliverable. The first overview was composed by: Kai Pata, Mart Laanpere, Jelena Jovanovic, Vladan Devedzic, Emmanuel Jamin, Dragan Gasevic, Marek Hatala, […]

  7. Kai,

    I am writing final chapters of my dissertation about participants experience using social networking for learning and find your work and writings joyful and deeply interesting. I strongly agree with you response to the comment above that as researchers and educators we must believe in the merits of using social networking in our personal learning experiences so that we can appropriately facilitate learners who are new to the possibilities. I will continue to learn from your work and respond to your ideas.

  8. Hi Wayne,
    i am glad to have heard i have one reader of my scientific half-ready work. Your topic seems extremely interesting and i hope to hear more about it.

  9. Hi, I discover your blog while searching info about liquid learning and found many interesting issues.
    In my PhD we look at collaborative learning experiences that one can support in the city, therefore not necessarily formal learning.
    I will come back again to learn more about your work.

  10. a great blog.

    I m working on my dissertation now and I was wondering if I could cite some of the posts? e.g social nature of language? was it published anywhere or shall I cite it as the internet resource?

    Many thanks!

    • Hi,
      if you want to refer on my comment aboyt the Gallese paper, then you can refer to my blog
      If you want to refer to Gallese paper, that i comment, then you shoud refer in your thesis on Gallese’s paper: From an uncorrected proof from V. Gallese page:
      Mirror neurons and the social nature of language: The neural exploitation hypothesis
      Vittorio Gallese

      I suggest go to his webpage and see if this is still available.

  11. […] brings us to a place where we now can design our lives. Kai Pata’s work at Tallinn University is reflective of the movement towards real human development through things like signal design […]

  12. […] the text of the abstract my colleague Kai Pata and I have recently submitted for the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, […]

  13. […] may exemplify what I’d call by “chance-uptake” (here I have to thank my colleague Kai Pata for introducing me to the concept of uptake). That is, what a teacher may do is to take up […]

  14. […] call the uptake of a chance or “chance-uptake” (here I have to thank my colleague Kai Pata for introducing me to the concept of uptake). That is, what a teacher may do is to take up […]

  15. Hello Kai

    By chance I discovered your blog. I’m from Venezuela and I only speak Spanish, however, I rely on the digital artifacts that the ecosystem of the social Web presents.

    I am currently with my doctoral thesis, which has to do with the learning ecosystem. Today I have been fascinated with their work, it has made my language a bit difficult but I have found an important element.

    I will be attentive to return to learn more about your work.

    Carlos Gómez Valderrama

    • Hi Carlos
      The recent work on learning ecosystem concept is using the school as an organization focus. I have worked together with my PhD student Eka Jeladze to connect digitally enhanced learning ecosystem with smartness and sustainability concepts, there are two papers you can access from my blog.
      Currently we try to bring in the distributed cognition model looking digitally enhanced learning ecosystem as a socio-technical system, where awareness of ideas, approaches that has been collectively validated, scaffolded meditation to these resources for new users of ict in learning, experimenting and sharing innovative approaches are related with ecosystem processes like sensing and actuating and accomodating.
      Maybe you can share your research with us? Write to kpata@tlu.ee

  16. Hello Kai

    I was reading part of your work, especially the meta-design of the open education ecosystem for the learning that they present and in the same one it makes mention to the mutualism, I think we are in the same direction of how we think the learning, 7 months ago I wrote in my blog Something about it, although my thesis supervisor does not like you to present ideas so that my doctoral thesis is accepted but many times I like to write in blog.
    You can see it in this link https://carlosluisgomezvalderrama.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/relacion-simbiotica-del-aprendizaje-en-los-ecosistemas-en-lineas/

    When visualizing my PLN in a digital residence mapping from my social behavior in the learning ecosystem, the intraspecific and intraspecific relationships that occur in this ecosystem are established, I even dared to give a conceptual approximation of what is a learning ecosystem, digital mutalimos of learning and digital commensalism of learning.


    Carlos Gómez Valderrama

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