Learning in co-creation: “Multilingual Learning Environments” course on Digital Academy set to launch in September

After one and a half years of heartful efforts, the course “Multilingual Learning Environments”, developed by Multilingualism in School and Higher Education Lab and administered by the University of Jyväskylä (JYU), is ready to launch in September 2022.

Tamás Péter Szabó, Tuuli From, Thiago Craig Alisauskas, Laura Castañe Bassa and Wena Ho presenting the course in Multilingualism Lab’s sustainability meeting on 17 May 2022.
Photo by Sergio Maruenda-Bataller

Tailored for bachelor’s and master’s level students majoring in education, the hybrid course aims to help students develop original strategies for the conscious design and development of physical learning environments, also known as schoolscapes. Students will deeply engage in exploring learning spatially and socially, and expanding their teaching practices with a focus on interaction, exploratory learning and customised learning environments inspired by diverse communication cultures and narrated local, national and global history.

Aligning with the Lab’s co-creation spirit, the course is developed with the collaborative efforts of a group of 21 seasoned academics and emerging researchers, including master’s and doctoral students, from six European universities, who have created over twenty units of video lectures with pre- and post-tasks, as well as a handy set of materials to support learning, through an intensive yet stimulating, critical yet inclusive process of creating, reviewing and bettering together.

From September, the course will be offered on Digital Academy in a hybrid and flexible manner, in which students choose the learning modules that work best for their interest and professional development. Students have the options to learn through self-study, live lessons, group work, and receive the teacher’s support from one-on-one or small group consultations and drop-in sessions.

Multilingualism entails multiculturalism. Hybrid learning in a multicultural environment leads beyond the scope of the content, and opens up boundless possibilities of transnational connections and collaborations.

Text by Wena Ho


The Digital Academy is a set of eight interconnected e-learning platforms for virtual mobility, provision of online courses, collaboration and networking for students and staff. FORTHEM Labs developed altogether six courses. In order to enrol in the course, students need to access their local university’s e-learning platform. Please consult a previous blog post for details.


The course “Multilingual Learning Environments” is a joint effort of contributors from six universities, of which three are members of FORTHEM Alliance (University of Jyväskylä, University of València and University of Opole) while three are external partners (Åbo Akademi University, University of Hamburg and Sapientia – Hungarian University of Transylvania. Tamás Péter Szabó (University of Jyväskylä) and Tuuli From (Åbo Akademi University) were responsible for coordinating the course developing team.


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