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Presentation of project experts.

Specialist in Digital Learning Environments

Jaana Heiskanen, Specialist in Digital Learning Environments
Savo Vocational College 


I’m working at Savo Vocational College (Savo Consortium for Education) as a health care specialist, mainly in projects and in the field of digital learning environments.  

o   Medical –Surgical nurse
o   Bachelor of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Finland
o   Master of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Finland
o   Qualified teacher of health sciences (major studies)
o   Qualified leader and manager in social- and health care (minor studies)
o   General legal studies in Open University of Eastern Finland  

Work experience 
o   I have about 20 years of working experience in social and health care.
o   About 13 years of experience as a nurse in surgical wards in Kuopio University Hospital
o   Assistant head nurse in Kuopio University Hospital
o   Head nurse at CSSD’s (Central Sterile Services Department) customer units. I was responsible for recruiting, budgeting, customer collaborating, planning and developing of the practice together with the customers.
o   Teacher at Savo Consortium for Education,  my responsibilities were vocational education and training based on the qualification requirements for Medical Device Decontamination Scientists (Technician) and Practical Nurses education.
o   Clinical Teacher of Nursing in Kuopio University Hospital (KUH). I was responsible for perioperative nursing. My work consisted of guiding students and their practice placements, collaborating with wards, out-patient-units, operating rooms, universities of applied sciences and other organizations. The collaboration consisted of educating, planning, innovating and developing different functions.

International experience
o   Exchange student in Germany, Osnabrück (one semester during nursing studies)
o   Worked as a registered nurse in Norway (home nursing and nursing homes) 

My expertise for the project
In Future Technologies in Education -project, my main responsibility is developing digital and virtual leaning environments especially from the perspective of vocational education, nursing practice  and decontamination process. I work systematically and this is absolutely an advantage, when working in a project. You have to stay focused to the objectives of the project all the time. At the same time, you must pay close attention to the timetable and resources of the project.      

Because of my background, I know many people in the field of social and health care and education, who are  also participating in this project. This is a huge benefit, especially, when you are creating something new. Furthermore, I’m curious to learn new things and to know other countries and cultures.   

Project Manager of FutureEdu Project

Anssi Mähönen, Project manager in FutureEdu

PhD (Molecular Medicine)
Senior Lecturer (Biomedical laboratory science), Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Over 20 years’ experience in Molecular Medicine (gene therapy, gene therapy vectors), Molecular biology and Biomedical laboratory Science. In addition strong experience in higher education, RDI work, international co-operation and project leading.

Bachelor degree in Biomedical laboratory Science
Master degree in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology,
 Doctoral degree in Molecular Medicine
Qalified teacher in higher education

Work experience:
·        I have more than 13 years’ work experience in RDI (Molecular Medicine). I have worked in the A.I. Virtanen Institute, University of Eastern Finland, Department of Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine.
My subject of Doctoral Thesis was “The challenge of enhanced and long-term baculovirus-mediated gene expression in vertebrate cells”. See my doctoral thesis:
·     I have also studied virus like- particles (VLPs) in vaccine development in the University of Tampere.
·        I have also worked as an Assistant Research Manager in the Research department of Ark Therapeutics Oy
·        7 years’ work experience in higher education (Biomedical laboratory science). I have been as a senior lecturer in Biomedical Laboratory Science in Savonia University of Applied Science
·        I have done international co-operation
·        Joint degree/joint semester – Austria (FH Campus Wien, University of Applied Science)
·        Joint teaching – Austria (Salzburg University of Applied Science)
·        Cooperation in BMLS – China (SUMHS, Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences)
·        Worked as a project manager in several projects (national and international) (e.g. Heli-project, Food Testlab-project , Baculogenes-project)

My expertise for the project:
Because of my background, I have learned to operate a process-like, in an organized manner and to bring matters to a conclusion in accordance with the objectives of project. I have good co-operation, team and interaction skills. In addition, previous project management and leading experience and strong international experience are also benefits for the successful project management. I have experience in project management from University, University of Applied Sciences and private company.

My extensive experience and knowledge in Biomedical Laboratory Science, RDI and higher education support the project objectives.

My watchword:
“Strong multiprofessional knowledge, cooperation and international development – The way to success”