Topic outline

  • Timeline for the course

    Teaching sessions


    TUE 12.01.2021 09:15–17:00, Course intro, themes and arrangements
    FRI 15.01.2021 09:15–15:00, Shared session with TS1. Guest lecture by lecturer Miikka Junnila on game design principles (slides here). 2nd year students present their Thematic Studio 1 work, aim for 2 minute presentations.


    TUE 19.01.2021 09:15–17:00, Guest lecture by professor Teemu Leinonen on learning and constructivist learning theories. Group exercises on pedagogy (slides and instructions).
    FRI 22.01.2021 09:15–15:00, Guest lectures by professor of practice Lauri Järvilehto on learning as play and research manager Katriina Heljakka on play & toy cultures across the lifespan.


    TUE 26.01.2021 09:15–17:00, Game testing and feedback with lecturer Miikka Junnila, benchmarking for design (slides and instructions).
    THU 28.01.2021 09:15–12:00, History of digital games (slides and slides).


    TUE 02.02.2021 09:15–17:00, Lecture on diffusion and domestication theory; essay work; tutoring.
    THU 04.02.2021 09:15–12:00, Your presentations (15 min each) & discussions.
    FRI 05.02.2021 - DL: Benchmarking Report


    TUE 09.02.2021 09:15–17:00, Ideation work (individually), tutoring.
    THU 11.02.2021 09:15–12:00 - DL: Ideas presentation (5 min each); Groups are formed.


    MON 15.02.2021 - DL: Diffusion Essay
    TUE 16.02.2021 09:15–17:00, Group work
    THU 18.02.2021 09:15–12:00, Reviews and tutoring in groups


    FRI 26.02.2021 09:15–17:00 - DL: Mid-term presentations


    MON 01.03.2021 13:00–15:00, Guest lecture by researcher Riikka Aurava on learning games
    WED 03.03.2021 09:15–17:00, Tutoring sessions


    MON 08.03.2021 13:00–15:00, Guest lecture by senior lecturer Jaakko Stenros: In the Defence of Magic Circle
    WED 10.03.2021 09:15–17:00, TBC -- Markku in the admission interviews


    MON 15.03.2021 13:00–15:00, Shared session with TS1
    WED 17.03.2021 09:15–17:00, Tutoring sessions


    MON 22.03.2021 13:00–15:00, Shared session with TS1
    WED 24.03.2021 09:15–17:00, Tutoring sessions


    MON 29.03.2021 13:00–15:00, Shared session with TS1
    WED 31.03.2021 09:15–17:00, Tutoring sessions


    -- Easter Monday --
    WED 07.04.2021 09:15–17:00, Tutoring sessions


    WED 14.04.2021 9:00–16:00, TS1 final presentations with TS2 students as opponents

    FRI 16.04.2021 09:15–17:00 - DL: Final presentations

    FRI 30.04.2021 - DL: Project Report

    Schedule is subject to changes, notified via course announcements.

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      Tutoring sessions reservations (Google Sheets) URL
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      Reserve your tutoring session times for the Wednesdays in Period IV here, please.

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      Zoom link to teaching sessions URL
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      Use this link to connect to Zoom calls.

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      Attendance list (Google Sheets) URL
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      Use this spreadsheet to mark your attendance during the teaching sessions.

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      Shared OneDrive Folder for TS2 URL
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      This is a shared OneDrive cloud storage folder. You can use this folder to store and transfer files, large or small, to each other or the teachers. You have editing rights, create folders, clean up after yourselves and please do not share the link outside the class. 

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      Announcements Forum
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      Email communications sent to everyone during the course can be found here.
    • Study materials and links provided by the teachers and visitors.

    • Homework assignments, tasks and submissions.

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      Groups formation (DL 16.2.) Etherpad Lite
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      Declare the groups you will be working as here by 16th of February.