Monday, 30 August 2010

The Game Design Summer School starts today

Demola will this week be the venue for the Engage Game Design Summer School. The  international Summer School will tackle issues related to game design as well as how to embed curricular topics in the game design.

It will give designers and creative students insights and knowledge of educational game design e.g. creating educational games for the target group, embedding curricular topics and stealth learning, providing accurate information, consulting on one hand teachers and on the other hand the target group; asking the right questions and embedding these answers into the game.

The Game Design Summer School is organised by the Engage Learning Network and coordinated by Joanneum UAS in Graz, Austria and hosted by the Degree Programme in Media of Tampere UAS (TAMK) and Demola.


Pictured: New Zealander Paul Pivec and Slovenian Maja Pivec are the main organisers of the Summer School

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

New TAMK launches autumn semester and newly renovated innovative premises

New TAMK has officially started the autumn semester. Within the opening ceremonies in 25th August, the newly renovated I-building opened its doors and welcomed the students to premises with opportunities. Within the renovated laboratories in I-building, a glimpse of TAMK's R&D project ‘OPI ENEMPI’ was presented for the first time. Finland’s Minister for education, Henna Virkkunen, and the deputy Mayor for the city of Tampere, Perttu Pesä, were the first within other guests and members from staff to see not only the newly renovated I-building, but also parts of the innovative learning environment that is enabled by OPI ENEMPI project.

In OPI ENEMPI there will be built renewable energy solutions such as geothermal and air source heat pumps, solar collector panels, two different kinds of wind turbines and comprehensive monitoring system for all the renewable energy created. Also water saving and nutrient recycling toilet solutions are built.

At the moment what could be seen and investigated were the ecological toilet solutions. At the moment there are vacuum, separating low-flush and dry toilets installed. The dry toilets gained lot of interest as they are the first public dry toilets in Finland, installed in two floors. Other equipment are to be installed in the coming months and project OPI ENEMPI will be ready by the end of year 2010.


OPI ENEMPI project is funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
For more information about OPI ENEMPI will be updated to the project's webpages and from project manager Aino-Maija Kyykoski, aino-maija.kyykoski(at)tamk.fi

The Joint Symposium of Tampere University of Applied Sciences and Miyagi University

Challenges to Integrate Nursing Knowledge and Practice

Date and time

Friday 3rd September 2010, 9.00-16.00
Venue: Tampere, Finland
Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Kuntokatu 3, A3-27.

Sub themes of the symposium include

- The Future of the Partnership Between TAMK and MY
- Overview of Nursing Education System in Finland and TAMK
- Overview of Nursing Education System in Japan and MY
- Issues Involved in Linking Nursing Education and Clinical Practice

Program

Moderators: Prof. H. Nagasawa MD. Miyagi University and PhD, Vice President Marja Sutela, TAMK

9.00-9.30
Opening Markku Lahtinen, President, TAMK

The Future of the Partnership between TAMK and MYU
Shoken Mawatari, President, Miyagi University

9.30-10.00
Overview of Nursing Education System in Finland and TAMK
Päivi Karttunen PhD Vice President

10.00-10.30
Overview of Nursing Education System in Japan and MYU
Yoshiko Sekito Ed.D., Professor, School of Nursing, Miyagi University

10.30-10.45 Coffee break


10.45-12.45 Session 1
Issues Involved in Linking Nursing Education and Clinical Practice

Chairpersons: Prof. Yoshiko Sekito Ed.D., Miyagi University and Principal lecturer Jouni Tuomi, RN, PhD, TAMK

1) A Clinical Role and Issue for Cardiovascular Nursing in Japan - from the Aspect of Self Care Sup-ports
Toshiko Yoshida, RN, PHN, PhD, Professor, School of Nursing, Miyagi University

2) About Possibilities to Go over Problems to Integrate Nursing Education and Practice in Curriculum Level
Jouni Tuomi PhD, Principal Lecturer

3) Ways to Integrate Clinical Practice with Theory
Pia Keiski, MNSc, Education Manager (Adults nursing education)

4) Alternative Medicine concerning Music Therapy in Japan - Possibilities and Problems
Akiko Kitaoka, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Miyagi University

12.45-13.45 Lunch


13.45-15.45 Session 2
Nursing Demands for the Elderly in the Aging Society

Chairpersons: Prof. Toshiko Yoshida, RN, PHN, PhD and Principal lecturer Varpu Lipponen, RN, PhD, TAMK

1) Aging and Elderly Care - Welfare Strategies and Practices in Japan
Haruo Nagasawa MD. Professor, School of Nursing Miyagi University

2) Ederly Care - Challenges to Nursing and Nursing Education
Kaarina And, Lecturer

3) Kinaesthetics in Elderly Health Care Setting
Hiroko Tadaura, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Miyagi University

4) Active Ageing in Tampere Region: Joint Project between TAMK and Elderly Care Service Providers
Tarja Heinonen, Program Manager, Wellbeing Services and Technology, R&D

Closing


This symposium is open to all. Welcome!

Please register
here before 31.8.2010.

For further information concerning the event, contact Liisa Marttila, liisa.marttila (at) tamk.fi.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Cai Melakoski is the staff person of the year 2009 – 2010



The Students' Union of Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Tamko) has chosen Cai Melakoski, the Head of Degree Programme in Media, as the staff person of the academic year 2009 - 2010.

“This is the biggest honor you can get at TAMK”, said Cai Melakoski after he found out he was chosen the staff person of the year. Melakoski started working as the Head of the Degree Programme in Media in autumn 2009, but he has worked at TAMK Art and Media for nearly 20 yeras. His work has included teaching, R&D and marketing. The latest “thing” for Cai has been TAMK’s blogs. He has helped to create not only the Art and Media blog, but also other TAMK blogs - including the one you’re reading right how!

“Blogs let you into the everyday life of students, which is often absent in TAMK’s official publications. The blogs show a more open TAMK which looks like its students.”

Students appreciate Melakoski's efforts to collect feedback from students and put the feedback in use. During the first year of students’ studies, the Head of the Degree programme has organised regular meetings and personal discussions with each student.

In addition to listening to his students, another important reason for selecting Melakoski as the staff person of the year is his hard work in the international field. He has used his extensive international network in e.g. organising the international week in connection with the Tampere Art Factory Event.

Cai Melakoski is the TAMK staff person of the year because he...

  • has made sure that there were teachers, students and members from the field of media designing the Degree Programme in Media.
  • has systematically collected feedback from the students since the launching of the degree programme.
  • posts actively to TAMK Art and Media blogs (- and the international blog, too!)
  • is involved in organising the international week and Tampere Art Factory at the Finlayson campus.
  • has developed the co-operation between TAMK and Demola.
  • is helpful and interested in the students’ projects.
  • uses his international network to benefit TAMK and his students.
  • has actively improved the collaboration and discussions between the students and the teachers.

The Students’ Union has been nominating the person of the year in TAMK since academic year 2004-2005. The recognition is given to a person who has remarkably developed education, study environment and TAMK community. With the recognition Tamko wants to encourage good practices and motivate the staff of TAMK to continue their good work.



The previous recognitions have been granted to:
  • senior lecturer Peter Heath (2004 - 2005)
  • principal lecturer Matti Lähteenmäki (2005 - 2006)
  • senior lecturer Kirsti Kallio (2006 - 2007)
  • co-ordinating study advisor Anne Mustonen (2007 - 2008)
  • special skilled worker Timo Niemi (2008 - 2009)

Friday, 20 August 2010

Getting to know Bryan Beamer


Bryan Beamer, an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-Stout) is a new acquaintance for many in TAMK. Bryan is here for this academic year on a Fulbright Fellowship and will be teaching, coaching and assisting in the International Business Program. Bryan has been teaching for 6 years in the Master's program for Risk Control at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Bryan has a PhD in Industrial Engineering and he has worked in industry and as a government researcher at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In USA Bryan lives in Menomonie, Wisconsin. This August he moved to Tampere with his wife and two daughters and they are now living in the city centre.

Bryan`s wife Kate actually has family in Finland. Bryan and his family were visiting Tampere three years ago and met Kate's cousin, Professor Pasi Kuusijärvi. During discussions Bryan and Pasi found out how similar TAMK and UW-Stout are. After the visit in Tampere Bryan arranged for TAMK and UW-Stout to have a Memorandum of Understanding, stating that TAMK students can do studies at UW-Stout and vice versa. After the visit, Bryan also arranged his students from UW-Stout to visit TAMK.

Bryan is really enjoying his stay in Tampere "Tampere is really great. My hometown only has 15,000 people so I really like the size. It is wonderful to be in the city center and go to shops, museums and walk around or have a beer and then be able to walk to your beautiful lakes and parks in a few minutes. Also the people are really helpful and friendly - that makes a big difference!" he says.

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is very similar to TAMK. UW-Stout is also a University of Applied Sciences, with about 9000 students and degree programmes in business, construction, tourism, media graphics, etc.

During the first period Bryan will be teaching Operations Management. He will also be assisting with Advanced Topics in International Business, Area Studies and Market Development, Communication Skills and Professional Development and helping coach for the TAMK Consulting Academy. Bryan hopes he could teach Construction Safety while being at TAMK. "It is one of my favourite courses." he smiles.

Text and photo: Annika Haanpää, Trainee, International Services

Robert Zich - reserved for TAMK

Robert Zich is a true friend of TAMK and Tampere
Since the year 2001, Robert Zich, PhD and a professor in marketing and management at Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic, has been a regular guest at TAMK. Not very often have we seen such devotion and loyalty to our university of applied sciences as in the case of Mr Zich who's become a true friend of TAMK and Tampere. Professor Zich, or just Robert as we have learnt to call him over the years, has been spending his summer holidays in Tampere with his family for nearly two months, and the vacation ends up with a seminar at TAMK in the framework of the Erasmus teaching staff mobility programme in early September.

Robert has offered his signature course "Competitivity of Company" over ten times to TAMK students and staff. The feedback from the participants - so far more than 250 of them in total - has been most favourable and encouraging. Robert's dynamic approach to his topic, of which he also did his doctoral study, communicative contact with his audience and constant development of both the content and the teaching methods have made him a living legend among TAMK students. The International Services of TAMK, when collecting the feedback of the lecture series, have greeted with joy and satisfaction the fact that many of the participants came from degree programmes taught in Finnish at TAMK. Those students wanted to include an international dimension in their individual study plan, and were surprised to discover how interesting and rewarding it is to study in a foreign language. For many, this offered an experience of increased self-confidence: After all, it's not that difficult to study in English!

On top of lecturing at TAMK, Robert has welcomed many TAMK students at his home university for a study exchange, and has also supervised practical trainings of TAMK students in his office at the Brno University of Technology. Robert is the chairperson of the virtual research centre IRCAES, which TAMK is also a member of, and holds an additional position as a Senior Lecturer at a private business university in Brno.

When meeting Robert over a cup of coffee at the student canteen of TAMK, Robert talked about the things he and his family, wife Jana and daughter Tarja, have done in Finland this summer: The best so far have been the Seitseminen National Park where the Zich family went camping with a tent, the Särkänniemi Amusement Park and the city of Rauma with its surroundings. In Tampere, you cannot find many corners that the Zich family has not seen yet; so intensively they have driven around the city and admired the local architecture and nature. One of the latest spontaneous discoveries was the church in Teisko.

Robert will be lecturing again about competitivity of company at TAMK in January 2011.

Story: Riku-Matti Kinnunen

Thursday, 19 August 2010

TAMK Now in Second Life


You can now find TAMK at EduFinland island in Second Life virtual environment. TAMK's main campus was finished during the summer and is now ready to welcome all teachers and students interested in Second Life.

Second Life is a three-dimensional virtual world. To use it you need the Second Life Viewer 2 programme as well as an avatar, which you can create by registering at www.secondlife.com . Second Life users move as avatars and can interact through text-based chat and voice (a headset).

It is possible to participate in lectures and group works and familiarise oneself with TAMK's projects and student assignments in Second  Life. TAMK project SLurls can be found at TAMK's Second Life main campus. The main campus contents and facilities are open for all. Degree programmes can implement courses or parts of courses in Second Life.

The buildings, contents and functions were created in R&D projects during the summers 2009 and 2010. Diverse activities will be organised in the environment from autumn 2010. If you are interested in taking education to a new dimension, please contact the Education Technology Centre.

Register and load Second Life Viewer Second Life Viewer:
http://www.secondlife.com

TAMK at EduFinland island:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/EduFinland/

Further information on using Second Life in education:
http://www.edufinland.fi

Regards,

Helena Tirronen (helena.tirronen(at)tamk.fi), SL: Maija Bimbogami
R&D and Education Services

Sanna Sintonen (sanna.sintonen(at)tamk.fi), SL: Sonja Stillwater
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Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Internationalisation: Finlayson Campus welcomes students from 23 countries

Finlayson Campus is this autumn more international than ever. New nationalities are present among Degree Programme in Media students, Finlayson degree programmes welcome 21 exchange students (new record), and MA in Screenwriting hosts five international students.

The first international event will be the Engage Learning Games Summer School August 30 to September 3.

Guest lecturers and other specialists are expected from the UK, Denmark and Greece. A new international project, "European Virtual Academy" will start.

The international atmosphere will continue in the spring term: we expect 50 international visitors to the traditional International Week April 11-15.

The academic supply for international students will also grow; a new study module for international students, "Future Film Studies", is under construction and is scheduled to kick off in January.

A high number of students and staff will go abroad as well. All second year students of Degree Programme in Media will participate in EUROPRIX Multimedia Festival in Graz in November, and a group of fine art students participate in the Culture Capital of Europe programme with their exhibition Promoting Changes, to give two examples. 

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The Small Ones - the official Tampere summer work of art


PIENET - The SMALL ONES
Resin, plastic animals
June 1 - August 31
By Laura Laukkanen and Fanni Maliniemi, the official City of Tampere summer artists 2010
Pedestrian street between the Academic Bookstore and Stockmann

 Tampere Museum of Ciontemporary Art chooses every year the Summer Artist of the year, who then creates an exhibition on the granite pedestal on Tuomiokirkonkatu. This year Laura Laukkanen and Fanni Maliniemi, students of TAMK Degree Programme in Fine Art, are the summer artists.

You can see the sculpture until end of August.
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Sunday, 15 August 2010

From Assembly with Love, epilogue

Just a final report from the Assembly team. All of the equipment has been returned intact to their rightful places, but unfortunately we managed to get a parking ticket for our minibus. So the trip back wasn't a complete success, but almost.

We also have some statistics from Assembly, though only regarding the games we showed. The students from TiKo aimed at achieving certain goals in their games, and boy did they . In the space shooter Swarms they managed to kill 500 000 aliens during one session, while Miekka, the 3D dueling game which borrows heavily from Finnish history and mythology, went through over 1000 battles during Assembly. And the School of Art, Music and Media wasn't without epic success either. Overboard and Overtower had its fair share of fans, and I do remember noting at one point that someone had over 100 wins on Overtower (which would probably mean around 300-400 rounds overall). In addition, one brave visitors played Elder Strolls: Dungeons of Dementia to its planned (but unfortunately unfinished) end with all the stats at max (100!).



Thanks to Emilia Ala-Rami for this amazing feat!


And good news, everyone! Our ArtTech seminar is now available at: http://vimeo.com/14069673. On the right side you can also browse through all the other seminars, so if you missed Assembly this year, be sure to check out those videos.

Text: Eevi Korhonen
Photo: Juho Hartikainen / Emilia Ala-Rami

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Friday, 13 August 2010

From Assembly with Love, vol. 4

The fourth day dawned with a sad feeling, and it was time to start packing and heading home. The Sunday mentality started to take over the Arena, but the most cunning had already started to disassemble their computer places in order to avoid the post-closing-ceremony rush. The people from TiKo had decided to join them, and since they'd been staying awake almost throughout whole Assembly, I think it was the right option.


The emptied booth

Assembly might be over, but the work continues! We must still drive all the way to Tampere and return all the stuff to their rightful places plus write the reports.


Sunday and the beanbags. Pictured from left to right Riku Heino (Media), Joni Rissanen (Media) and Paavo Marttila (Music from the campus in Virrat)

We already spoke to the other schools that we liked our co-operation and the booth so much that we already booked the same place for ourselves for next year. So keep your eye on this blog next summer too as a new bunch of students will take over Assembly!

Text and photos: Eevi Korhonen, 09IMP student
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Thursday, 12 August 2010

Por la razón o la fuerza - Chile!

Erich Spencer, Director of International Relations, from the University of Chile visited TAMK this week. As a totally new partner country, Chile has raised a few eyebrows, but more interest than anything!



(in the photo from left: Ms Kirsi Tolvanen, Mr Erich Spencer & Ms Camilla Kalevo)

The visit was a result of a chance meeting in Kansas City, at the NAFSA2010 conference in June, where International Coordinator Camilla Kalevo and myself met Mr Spencer and his colleague at a stand of one of our Dutch partners - what are the odds! We welcomed Mr Spencer to visit and our wish came true sooner than expected.

The meeting in Tampere resulted in a preliminary agreement to start exchanges with the University of Chile and soon we will be able to offer our students some study opportunities in addition to the training experiences that our students have enjoyed in Chile so far.

Text: Piri Hiltunen, International Coordinator
Photo: Annika Haanpää, trainee

Sunday, 8 August 2010

From Assembly with Love, vol. 3

Saturday was the third and the second last day at Assembly, so I thought that this would be a good time to shed some light over the culture of Assembly to the readers of this blog. Today we'll have the highlight of the whole event i.e. democompos (compos = competitions). Demos mean in this context audiovisual workds created through computre code, and these are the foundation of the whole Assembly event. Demos are the historical core of the event, and even though Assembly has expanded into other territories, demos are still a very important day of the modern Assembly. Demo teams compete in different categories e.g. oldskool (only demos that run on platforms released before 1993 are allowed) and 4k (the whole file must not exceed 4 kilobytes). The winners of the democompos are real showcases of programming, which require the coordinated effort of several people.



Picture from yesterday's air guitar competition. The competition song was Lordi's ""Hard Rock Hallelujah"

There are several other types of competitions at Assembly. Unlike you might think, Assembly encourages its visitors to exercise by organizing basket- and floorball competitions. The computer lovers might be more at home with less demanding sports like disk and CD throwing. You can also compete more passively like decorating your computer or your computer place.


Here's an example of an interesting decoration of a computer case

Our booth still stands even though we've run out of sweets and other giveouts. The games have been popular (at least the people working at the booth have been playing a lot). The students from TiKo have shown their bravery and relentlessness (or madness and consumption of energy drinks) by stayng awake and watching over the booth on both nights. Spares us the bother of having to tear down and build up the stand every morning to keep our valuable equipment safe.

Tomorrow it's time to go so check the blog for the final report.

Text and photos: Eevi Korhonen, 09IMP student
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Saturday, 7 August 2010

From Assembly with Love, vol. 2


Eevi explains about the ArtTech seminar:

Today's big event for us was the ArtTech seinar we held together with the other schools titled"Game Development Education, Clubs, and Cooperative Organizations in Finland". Each school had 10 minutes to showcase their programmes and game projects and we finished with a shared 15 min panel on the schools' co-operatives and cooperation. I was represented our school on both occasions (though I didn't mean to). In the 10 min slot I told about our 5D2 project, even though as an afterthought it would've been good to spend couple of minutes going over the Media programme, too. But I think our marketing will speak for itself anyway (today I've dropped off about a hundred leaflets all over the Areena).

So, I accidentally participated in the co-operative panel too, even though my original plan was to quietly exit the stage after my talk. At the end of my part I just couldn't figure out a way to do that gracefully and there were four chairs at the stage (meant for the speakers while they were waiting their turn), and on top of it all, the vent was being streamed live to thousands of people over the Internet and at the Areena. I managed to get through the questions with anyone noticing my lack of real expertise in the area (the correct panelist for Tampere would've been the guy who was tasked with running the panel, so he couldn't both ask and answer the questions without it looking bit silly).

By the way, you can follow the Assembly live over the net throughAssemblyTV. I probably should've mentioned this yestreday, so you could've followed the aforementioned seminar, but I genuinely forgot that also those were being streamed on the AssemblyTV. But no worries, for according to my knowledge those recordings will be later put on their own Vimeo channel. So just be patient, you'll be able to see it sometime later.

Tero tells what's been happening at the booth:


People have been stopping by our booth throughout the day, playing games and asking questions about our programme. The Score games seem to be constantly popular, drawing in players and interested crowds (perhaps due to the comfy bean bags?). Some of the 5D2 games have also turned out quite popular, Elder Scrolls being the game of choice for many of the players.

We managed to kind of fix the touchscreen, or at least figure out why it wouldn't co-operate with our little interactive tour of TTVO. It seems the display doesn't quite interpret clicking and holding down the mouse button the same way it handles touching the screen and holding your finger in place. As a quick fix we noticed that touching the screen and dragging your finger does work, so although a bit tedious to use, the tour is now somewhat functional.


Text: Tero Koskela and Eevi Korhonen, 09IMP students

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Friday, 6 August 2010

SITR Summer School started at TAMK


The three SITR universities in the Tampere Region, Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and University of Tampere (UTA) have jointly organised a Summer School on Finnish Language and Culture at TAMK from 2-20 August 2010.

The course consists of contact teaching of Finnish language and lectures on Finnish Society and Culture. Teaching is organised at TAMK on weekdays. The teacher of the course is Henni Huttu-Hiltunen.

Some leisure activities and trips are organized. For example the summer school participants have already been to Tampere walking tour and next week they`ll visit Viikinsaari island, which is a city recreation island for summer activities.


Text & Photo: Annika Haanpää
Trainee / International Services

From Assembly with Love, vol. 1



Greetings from Assembly!

Finally I have enough time to blog about the first day's events, and because pictures equal a thousand words, I've used them quite a lot in this entry. Day started slowly, as we left off an hour later than planned, which was not surprising. We had to make a detour to our driver's home and pick up some gas before finally heading towards Helsinki. We made it to Hartwall Areena without further incident, and so we could start building the booth.



Our van was pretty full as the picture shows. We had e.g. four bean bags, a fridge and a projector screen.


We could not avoid small problems at this point: there weren't enough long LAN cables, we had to move our stuff away from the fire post, cables and backbags littered the floor and on top of it all, our original layout for the whole booth area had to be redone. Everything was sorted out eventually, and the booth is (and has been for several hours now) in full Assembly mode.



The highlight of our stand is the 42-inch TV the people from TiKo have brought. It's used to run their very own Swarms game for Xbox360.

And it is my pleasure to announce that the TTVO interactive tour has been released. Unfortunately we could not release it hear yet, as we didn't get our hands on the touchscreen until today, so we had no chance to test our little show before today. We found out that the movement didn't work as we intended, so we have to fix it before we can run it on the touchscreen. But I hope we get it fixed, because it would be so awesome!


This is the ASUS-sponsored touchscreen which will hopefully run the interactive tour tomorrow. Meanwhile it is showing the TAMK slideshow, which is not bad either..

Text and photos: Eevi Korhonen, 09IMP student
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Thursday, 5 August 2010

SITR Summer School 2010 at TAMK on 2.-20.8.

The three SITR universities in the Tampere Region, University of Tampere (UTA), Tampere University of Technology (TUT), and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) jointly organize a Summer School on Finnish Language and Culture in Tampere  August 2-20, 2010.

The course is open for students coming from outside the European Union (EU) and accepted as exchange/degree studies at TAMK, TUT or UTA for the academic year 2010-2011.

This year, course takes place at TAMK. There are 30 participants in the course, and they come from Asia, North-America, Africa and Europe.

The course consists of contact teaching of Finnish language and lectures on Finnish Society and Culture. In addition, some leisure activities and trips will be organised.

Further information (SITR home)

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

From Assembly with Love, prologue


There's only one day between us and the Assembly. We'll be leaving early on Thursday morning to be at the site building our booth before the hordes of nerds overtake the Arena. We'll be blogging all the way to Sunday, so this announces our at least four-chapter-long tale of booth watching, computers and gallons of energy drink. So stay tuned to this blog!

The preparations for this weekend's event are almost complete! We have finished our masterpiece: The Interactive Tour of TTVO! It's the website/fictional tour we made with Flash to showcase what's it like studying here in TTVO (from the viewpoint of a Media student). Beware, there might be some heavy caricatures and we also had to condense the campus into a single hallway, so your experience will be more of a metaphor than an actual virtual tour.

Above a screenshot as a little taste of what's to come. The website will have its Grand Opening at Assembly, so you'll have to wait a little longer to try it out yourself.

Text: Eevi Korhonen, 09IMP student
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Monday, 2 August 2010

TAMK goes Assembly


Next weekend Hartwall Areena is going to be overrun with computer enthusiasts as the summer's biggest computer and video game related event, Assembly, kicks off. And the students of Media and Interactive Design are going to right there among them. TAMK is one of the sponsors at the event, and the school's participation is being done as a student project, where the students plan and implement TAMK's marketing and presence at the event.

We aren't alone, however. We are cooperating with the Computer Engineering students from the main campus as well as other schools in Finland. TAMK is going to be represented along with other schools that offer game education, KAJAK and Turku Game Tech & Arts Lab. We have a common booth, where we will be showing and playing the games made by the students and giving information on the various programmes in the schools.

Even though this is the first post about the subject, we've been working on the project whole summer. We've been designing badges (see pic), fliers, even got ourselves a sponsorship from ASUS in the form of a touchscreen computer that we will use to run our interactive tour of  TAMK Finlayson campus. We're also going to have sweets and other give outs like any good booth.

If you're at Assembly next weekend, come swing by our booth and say hello! If you can't, follow the blog from Thursday to Sunday, we'll be reporting from the event here!


Story: Eevi Korhonen

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