T is for Topi

Openness. Badges. Digital Portfolios. Personal learning spaces. Learning Analytics.

Can anyone blend these features together, offering educators and learners and space where they can collaborate, where their privacy is respected, where a digital narrative of learning is really useful for students?

Just before leaving for Singapore where Slush will be taking place next week, Topi Litmanen tells us more about ClanEd – what it is, how it can be used by educators and what is coming soon to this transformative elearning tool.

Thank you Topi for your time and inspiring change from Helsinki!

Twitter  – Claned


There is a small glitch in the connection which I did not edit as I prefer simple streamlining –  apologies! 

Northern Lights, Northern Change

Gazing across the sea, the smell of pines, birches and maples keep me company. A world of berries, mushrooms and  flowers all mix in the rich soil of this coast line. Unlike other oceans, other seas, the forest never leaves me, the scent of wild open oceans does not engulf me.

Summer light is indeed endless, stretching dark nights into bright days,  nature’s game of morphing, blending  hues of gold, saffron, and blues, all into a promise of a summer playground which goes on forever.

I know well that this is not so.

I know well.

So I turn my attention elsewhere. No need to think of the change of seasons yet.

Change and changes.

A lifetime of changing habits and habitats. A lifetime seeking meaning through change. helsinki-big-wheelLike ferry wheels, change may be light, lightness, uplifting, inspiring.

Fragil, at moments; a fleeting gift of a bird’s eye across one’s world; ever turning with momentary dips and rises,  the promise of yet another round of changing perspective remains constant.

Through all changes, it is that which I seek – the inspirational within  the narrative of change.

From Helsinki, I turn to ClanEd,  intrigued by this Northern provocation of change.

Will ClanEd inspire transformational learning? Will ClanEd foster collaboration among learners? Is this a possible tool I have been waiting for, a tool which offers me more than the regular choices of a LMS? Will there be elements of openness? What changes may I find in this Northern elearning tool?


My next guest is the Chief Education Scientist of ClanEd, who will be answering these questions and more.

Topi Litmanen holds a PhD in Education from the University of Helsinki, has extensive experience as an educator and as a pedagogical advisor within elearning contexts.

A keen cyclist, a participant in marathons and occasional triathlons, Topi’s passion remains within the development of changing the e-scape of learning by providing support to teachers and clients of ClandEd, while ensuring that ClanEd continues changing into the most collaborative, user-friendly and innovative tool for educators.

Join me here, as Topi unravels the changes that ClanEd is bringing into the world of education.

Northern lights, Northern changes.

Let the North unfold.


R is for Rotana

Leadership, dealing with uncertainties, engaging with the flow, learning with interactions.

Approaches for understanding and adaptation.

How does one manage complexity in times of intense change?

Rotana Ty explains how nemetics researches patterns of trends, ways of learning and collectivist learning.





Thank you Rotana for your time and for explaining more about Nemetics !

If you would like to know more, you can find Rotana here and here .

A Blending of Worlds

small_world_by_koyamori-d5cu3thI dream of bamboo and swaying coconut trees. And I dream of rivers to cross, bridges to walk, fields to run through.

I dream.

A world both endlessly beautiful and rich to explore, a world shrinking as we speak. Some worlds have no borders, no passport controls, no visa demands. Some worlds are worlds into and unto themselves.

There are those who speak of these worlds as networks, emerging trends, movements of learning and connecting. Nemetics becomes a password for entry to this world of connections, explorations and lack of systems.

Or is there?

From a fondness of quiet tea houses to the pleasure of observing masses in movement,Rotana Ty,  explores these worlds of  complexity and collaboration.

Rotana will join me here to explain how this world of nemetics flows and how it relates to changes in our worlds today.




The world spins and spins and spins. Worlds blend.

What lies within?

What changes will you find?

A Whale in the Forest from WDCS GERMANY on Vimeo.

Image: A Small World

K is for Katherine

collaborationFrom writing and developing ELT course books, to story writing, planting flowers and avoiding PARSNIPS,Katherine (or Kath), shares some of her insights of the world of ELT publication, describes a writer’s day and muses on ELT teacher training today. Throughout all her endeavours, collaboration, informal learning and the joy of writing are present.








Thank you Kath for your time and joyous energy!

You may find out more about Katherine’s contributions to the British Council/BBC Teaching English Associates and her personal articles for English Language Teaching.  You may also sometimes find Katherine taking a break from writing here.

On Writing, Training, Developing


Words blown to the winds,

Words on pages, in bytes,

Words for now,

Words for tomorrow.

Where will all our words go?

Katherine lives in a world of words, gardens and education. Writing, developing ideas and training others, she has spent endless hours linking words across the pages of English Language Teaching, both for students and ELT educators.





katherineMostly though, , Katherine is well known for being an ELT author. She writes for OUP, Macmillan, Richmond, Burlington and others. She also writes English courses for the BBC and the British Council. However, in her spare time she writes other words of other worlds.

Katherine lives in a small village of 15 inhabitants in rural Spain. She enjoys ‘the quiet life’; gardening, walking and bird-watching. She also loves music and cinema and she is passionate about Japanese Literature.

Join us here as Katherine reflects on the changes of ELT publishing, ELT teacher training and the changing world of words.

Flogging Molly “Float” from Karni and Saul on Vimeo.

Image taken from : Words

M is for Mark

“… teachers  really care about they are doing. ….. Teachers are trusted.”

” Quality in many different ways.”

“… what is important is being open and flexible. ”

“… learning through progressive inquiry..”


Thank you Mark for your time to talk about education in Finland, education management, and this global program for change!


You can follow Mark @macurcher or find out more about  21st Century Educators