Perception of a culture

Finnish culture has been about sauna, viina, tar, pesäpallo, ice hockey, salty liquorice, cross-country skiing, difficult language and Sibelius. A Finnish man with linen clothes might have come from working in the field the whole day, hit his puukko to the wooden table and started eating mämmi and rye-bread.

My conception of “Finnish culture” now (whatever it may be especially after today’s lesson) is a little different. However, (partly following Bruno Latour here)it is basically real for me because it is, at least partly, my own view, my idea of the word just now and I often try to believe in me (even if I really don’t). It takes a little effort to change my view as well as the one of others.

Antti

Using IT in university teaching

Digital teaching and research tools have changed university work immensely. For example E-mails, databanks, Google Scholar and newer things such as tweets and Facebook and WhatsApp have increased or may increase the potential for sharing information in unprecedented ways.

But what makes a university? University as an institution has been here before us and it will be here after us. In my view university is not just knowledge but also the community: people and context. In Finland the university community is in a way quite close; for example teachers are often quite accessible and help can be asked. Still we need to encourage face-to-face communication, debate and own effort to explore the unknown.

Antti R.