OPINKIRJO :: Tutkimusartikkelit ja seminaarit :: Seminaari 21st Century Learning and Innovation Policy 4.2.2015

21st Century Learning and Innovation Policy

A working seminar for developers of future learning

Celebrating 30 years of the Yritys Hyvä Competition in Finland

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015, from 8:45 to 16:00
Finnish Parliament (Pikkuparlamentti) and Hotel Vaakuna
Enrollments by 29.1. 

Stream of the Seminar 4.2.2015

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Goals of the seminar

  • The most important national developers of education and innovation policy and national and international specialists discuss 3rd level education and pedagogics to enhance 21st century learning aiming for successful entrepreneurship and innovation in post-industrialised countries such as Finland.
  • Special attention is paid to the Finnish teacher training system and its curriculum: how it should develop teacher students’ competences in teaching these skills and competences.
  • Discussion about:

    - why to develop
    - what to develop
    - how and how NOT to develop


The Good School Group of Finnish Parliament (Hyvä koulu -ryhmä)

together with


Development Centre OPINKIRJO
Lappeenranta University of Technology



Under Secretary of StateTimo Lankinen, Finnish Prime Minister’s Office

PhD Ted Dintersmith,

PhD Tiina Silander and PhD Emma Kostiainen, University of Jyväskylä

PhD Colin Jones, University of Tasmania,


Workshop facilitators

Executive director PhD  Minna Riikka Järvinen,
Development Centre Opinkirjo

PhD Tiina Silander , University of Jyväskylä

Prof. Timo Pihkala, Lappeenranta University of Technology

D.Sc. Elena Ruskovaara, Lappeenranta University of Technology



8.30 Coffee

8.45 Greeting, Member of Parliament Tuula Peltonen, Good School Group of Finnish Parliament

9.00-9.15 Minna Riikka Järvinen: Aspirations for Future Education

9.15-9.45 Timo Lankinen: Finland: Prisoner of its own success?

9.45-10.15 Ted Dintersmith: The Global Urgency for Consequential Education

10.15-10.45 Tiina Silander & Emma Kostiainen: Stop just talking and start doing

10.45-11.15 Colin Jones: Universal Process, Challenges and Opportunities: Lifting the Ceiling off Learning

11.15-12.00 Panel Discussion, accelerator: Prof. Kirsti Lonka

12.00 Lunch break

13.00-15.00 Group work in Hotel Vaakuna, conference venue, 10th floor

15.00-16.00 Action plan proposal and closing






Timo Lankinen

Timo Lankinen acts currently as Permanent Under Secretary of State at the Prime Minister´s Office in Finland. Before joining the Prime Minister’s Office in 2012, he worked in the Finnish Ministry of Education for several years: during 1984 – 1997 he worked as Superintendent, Project manager and Government Counsellor with major development projects in the field of education, training and science policies in Finland. During 1997 – 2007 he worked as Director General for Vocational Education and Training at Ministry of Education. He was Director-General for the Finnish National Board of Education (FNBE) 2007 – 2011. Mr. Timo Lankinen has Masters Degree in Law (University of Helsinki 1983), with special emphasis on Human Rights.



Ted Dintersmith

After a twenty-five year career in venture capital, Dr Ted Dintersmith now focuses on issues at the intersection of innovation and education. In the fall of 2012, Ted Dintersmith served as part of the delegation representing the United States at the United Nations General Assembly, where he focused on global education and entrepreneurship. He is now funding and supporting a range of initiatives, which seek to improve the life prospects of youth around the nation and globe. His website describes his initiatives and he can be followed on Twitter @dintersmith.

Ted Dintersmith is a Partner Emeritus with Charles River Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital firm.   He has been an early, active investor in numerous successful start-ups. Ted served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association, chairing its Public Policy Committee. Independent industry analysts ranked him as the top-performing venture capitalist in the United States for the 1995-99 period. Prior to venture capital, he was a senior executive at Analog Devices, and worked for two years on Capitol Hill on science and technology policy.

Ted Dintersmith earned a Ph.D. degree in Engineering from Stanford University, and his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, where he earned High Honors in Physics and English.



Tiina Silander

Dr Tiina Silander is Head of the Teacher Education Department at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She has worked at the Department of Teacher Education since 2006, first as an assistant professor and then as Head of the Department, since 2008.  Previously, Tiina Silander worked at the Institute for Educational Research in the research group for Assessing Learning Outcomes, gaining experience in extensive international research projects, such as the PISA and TIMMS. Within the Teacher Education Department, Tiina Silander is responsible for developing both the primary teacher and subject teacher programme curricula as well as financial and personnel matters. The Department of Teacher Education educates professionals who are able to respond to the changing needs of schools and the teaching profession and the challenges of lifelong continuing education.

Tiina Silander is a biologist (M.Sc.) and a qualified teacher. Her Ph.D. in education dealt with the teaching and learning process as related to the concept of global warming. Currently, her research interests lie in developing effective models for teacher education, and developing models for schools of the future.



Emma Kostiainen
Dr Emma Kostiainen is a senior lecturer in interpersonal communication and the pedagogical head of the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Jyväskylä. She is also a researcher in the Agora Center research institute (Indoor Environment project, Emma Kostiainen’s main teaching areas are communication and interaction competence, as well as studies in education (class teacher and subject teacher education). Her research areas are developing social interaction competence in teacher education and constructing the future school community and learning spaces.




Colin Jones

Dr Colin Jones is Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at the University of Tasmania in Australia, and a visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David in Wales.
A recipient of many national and international awards for his teaching and research, Colin Jones has a passion for bridging the divide between academic learning and real-world learning. Colin Jones is a strong believer in enrolling the student’s heart first, and their mind second. At present, Colin Jones is most interested in the need to use technology to increase the access of students to the information they require to propel their learning



(päivitetty 11.2.2015)