Brief Overview of Merja Bauters

Merja Bautersis also a docent of semiotics at the University of Helsinki.

Bauters has been involved and executed research, planned and guided co-design, participatory, and design thinking processes in multiple EU- and national projects, on learning and technology-enhanced learning. Bauters has been lecturing in over 30 different courses on design, design methods, semiotics, and project communication. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki 2007, discussing Charles Peirce’s thoughts on interpretation. She has directed PhDs, over 100 bachelor’s thesis, and acted as an opponent to Ph.D. on teachers learning in Socio-Technical System. Merja has been executing research and lecturing in various universities, University of Helsinki, AALTO University, Finland, Hamban Bin Mohammed E-University (HBMeU), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Most interesting projects are Learning Layers (FP7 IST), Erasmus+  project, DesignIT, IlluminatED, and Spotlighters; Creating Knowledge Through Design & Conceptual Innovation LLP – ERASMUS, KP-Lab (FP6 IST/TEL), COOP PBL in VET (LLP/LdV), NetPro (LLP/LdV).

Research Interests

Research has been on the role of experience and context in learning and meaning creation. This means focussing on habit /practice change and collaborative practices enabling the change. In addition, pragmatism affects her interest in research of novel methods of enhancing collaboration, creative thinking, knowledge creation processes, and design.

Context-specific: relevant Estonia.


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