WG3.4 Professional, Higher and Vocational Education in ICT

Working Group 3.4 is focused on higher, professional and vocational education in ICT – education leading towards careers or professional development in some form of computing.   Our goal is to promote the acquisition and updating of appropriate ICT knowledge and expertise by all whose working environment requires contact with computer-based systems.  We aim to consider the nature, content and method of delivery of professional and vocational education within the ICT sector, which will enable learners to achieve their employment expectations, and to foster lifelong learning in ICT-related areas.

OCCE2021 Tampere

We would like to invite you to attend the Open Conference on Computers and Education by IFIP TC3 in Tampere, Finland 17 to 20 August 2021. 


OCCE2021 DTEL Digital Transformation of Education and Learning - Past, Present and Future, is planned to be a hybrid conference. We have been working hard to have a safe and productive IFIP TC3 conference. Recognizing the uncertainty from the nature of the pandemic and its impacts, we are constantly monitoring the situation. If you cannot attend OCCE2021 in person due to circumstances, such as employer’s policy not allowing you to travel, government-imposed travel restrictions to come to Finland or government’s policy requiring you to subject to quarantines, we will waive the in-person presentation requirement, and you will present your paper virtually through the Howspace digital facilitation platform (www.howspace.com). 


The Conference aims at providing an international forum where a community of professionals from academia, industry, and educational and public sector come together to share research findings and practical experiences. 


Our keynote speakers include professor Minna Huotilainen from University of Helsinki and associate professor Mikko-Jussi Laakso, the director of the Centre for Learning Analytics at the University of Turku, Finland. Minna Huotilainen is professor of educational sciences. Her keynote will address a combined view of learning and well-being - well-learning. This will be drafted on the basis of recent knowledge on how choices made in planning education can affect the way that pupils and students can learn. It is multimethodological, combining understanding from neuroscience and learning sciences. Our third keynote speaker Katariina Salmela-Aro is Academy Professor and Professor of Educational Sciences and Psychology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her keynote will address interrelated topics of “digitalization, learning and resilience”. New findings will be presented, based on the new Youth

Skills EU Horizon 2020 programme, on how young people use digital tools, what their key digital competences are and how these are related to their wellbeing.

We look forward to welcoming and meeting you at the campus of Tampere University in August 2021!


Last Event

The working conference on Sustainable ICT, Education and Learning

Zanzibar April 2019


The working conference was organized  in collaboration with other TC3 WGs and The State University of Zanzibar. It brought together researchers, students, teachers, entrepreneurs and policy makers that deal with the issues on ICT, education, and learning, especially in the Global South. It took place on 25th – 27th April, 2019, in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The working conference gathered about 40 participants from different continents and included 28 session paper presentations, a keynote by Mr. Aape Pohjavirta from Funzi, a mobile learning company based in Finland, and demonstrations from State University of Zanzibar.

Chairs and organizers:

Prof. Mikko Ruohonen
University of Tampere, Finland 

Dr Nicholas Mavengere Tampere University of Technology,  Finland 

Dr Jaana Holvikivi, Espoo, Finland

Vice Chancellor Idris Rai, State
University of Zanzibar, Tanzania

Mr Said Yunus, State University of Zanzibar, Tanzania

BoA and Program
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