Taking the learning environment beyond the classroom
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a free e-learning
application called weLearn for Android tablets. The easy-to-use cloud service
is designed to support and enliven learning by expanding the learning
environment from textbooks to real-life environments.
Designed for use in schools and for other educational purposes, weLearn
combines elements of mobile technology, social media and interactive learning.
It facilitates sharing, processing and commenting on new information learned.
One of the application’s key benefits is its user-friendliness: The
application is ready to use just five minutes from downloading.
Teachers and pupils can download the application to their tablets from Google
Play. The teacher creates a “virtual classroom” for pupils to join using an
access code given by the teacher. The teacher can create a variety of
multimedia-based tasks, which pupils can perform by capturing photos, videos
or audio clips using their mobile devices. Pupils can also provide additional
information about the captured content or answer questions provided by the
teacher. The teacher can use the application to monitor what the pupils are
doing and determine the visibility of a task in such a way that the whole
class can see it, for example.
The application gives the teacher an opportunity to use the multimedia content
captured by pupils to support teaching and therefore to increase pupils’
motivation. Moreover, combining content that pupils have captured themselves
with information learned from textbooks makes learning more meaningful when
the content can be processed in a real-life environment instead of reading
from textbooks. The learning environment also becomes more personal because
pupils can choose themselves what kind of content to capture, in what media
and from where.
The application can be used in all subjects, such as biology, geography,
history, languages, art and physical education.
The weLearn application currently runs on selected Android devices.
weLearn is an application developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of
Finland and it is based on solutions developed in VTT’s Smart Urban Spaces
(SUS) ITEA2 project. weLearn was developed in cooperation with the City of
Oulu and Metsokangas School in Oulu.
The latest version of the free application can be downloaded from Google Play