Budget: 410 000 € (UTU Budget: 180 000 €)
Coordinator: Development Services, Brahea Center, University of Turku

The most recent research on the language pedagogy shows that the language teaching for immigrants should utilize authentic everyday interaction scenarios and contextual community-based learning. The teaching should be adapted to match the skill levels of each individual learner. However, until now the development work for the 3D virtual learning environments supporting these objectives has been scarce in Finland.

The Suomi3D project gathers a multidisciplinary team to investigate and develop the best practices on the use of virtual learning environments. The work is done in both national and international level by arranging workshops for pedagogy and technology experts. The goal of the project is to investigate how digital pedagogy and especially 3D technologies could be used in the language studies of immigrants. The assumption is that these modern teaching techniques will strengthen social integration by supporting the learning of Finnish language and the general information technology skills.

The outcome of the project is a national level recommendation of a gamified 3D virtual environment for the language teaching and social integration of the immigrants. Project outcomes will be presented in several forums, e.g. in the Interactive Technology in Education 2015 conference and in the Verkkoja kokemassa 2015 seminar.


The project is funded by the European Social Fund and it is coordinated by the Development Services of the Brahea Center. Other participants are:

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The project main contact person is

Heli Trapp
Training Manager
+358 (0)40 508 3964

DFT Contact Person

Tuomas Mäkilä

Assistant Professor

tuomas.makila@utu.fi +358 (0)40 541 8955 www.mckila.com