Lifewide Learning

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Are you curious to learn about a new topic or reflect on your career? Aalto University's open online courses, lectures and podcasts are the starting point for something new. We offer several low-threshold online courses that offer a glimpse into our key areas of expertise, such as technology, sustainability and more. Open online courses are available to you free of charge and you can start learning right away. See also our podcast offering.
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Work Now and in the Future: Tools for Thinking podcast

The Tools for Thinking -podcast offers information based on research and interdisciplinary perspectives, tools for one's own thinking and everyday work.

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Adventures in Entrepreneurship Law

In the Adventures in Entrepreneurship Law talk show Petra Hietanen-Kunwald and Kalle Airo from Aalto University explore business law from an entrepreneurial point of view with expert guests. In some episodes their co-host is Moritz Scherleitner.

The talk show content is meant for education and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice.

Cover image for the 'Adventures in Entrepreneurship Law' online course with Kalle Airo and Petra Hietanen-Kunwald on the photo

The Sustainable Building Saga podcast

The Sustainable Building Saga is a podcast about recent sustainability trends and developments in the field of building and living. It is aimed at those who work for or find interest in the sustainability of the built environment.

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Future-led Learning podcast

The Future-led Learning podcast offers a platform for university educators to reflect their ideas about teaching and learning.

The Future-led Learning Podcast is hosted by Riikka Evans. Photograph: Janne Illman.

Career and life

The pace of change is getting more intense and that can be quite tiring. The online courses in career and life related themes can help you with reflecting your way of living, goals and meaningful work. 

Future of Work MOOC (external link)

This course looks at how the roles of the individual, organisations and society have changed and how it affects how we work today and in the future.

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Design a Meaningful Career (external link)

In this self-paced online course you will learn how to shape your career as you go in the radically changing world of work.

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Finland Works open online course (external link)

In this course, we will look at how to navigate Finnish working life and how to build a career. We explore working life in Finland from societal, organisational and individual perspectives.

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Art of Living (external link)

The aim of this course is to strengthen your understanding of the fundamental questions of a good life and how to make reasonable life choices.

Aalto ARTS pajakuva, photo: Mikko Raskinen

Starting Up (external link)

Learn to think like an entrepreneur and to solve real-world problems by creating something new.

Starting Up Pic: Aalto University


We transform the world with technology, and these changes have far-reaching impacts. In the technology online courses you can learn about topics related to information security, mobile software development and databases.

Hands-on scientific computing

Competence in data science and scientific computing in general requires a lot more than data science skills: there are many secondary skills needed to do practical work efficiently that are often not taught in courses. This course is more of a self-study guide to these skills and tools needed in scientific computing. Rather than a single guided course, it is more of a map to browse whenever a topic is relevant to one’s work.

Johdatus kryptografiaan

Currently available only in Finnish. Cryptography is used everywhere in the digital world and it is right in the center of information security. Cryptography is used to protect for example scrolling through social media, Whatsapp messaging and online banking services. This course will dive deep into the world of cryptography. The course will help you understand how cryptography is used in the society.

Device-agnostic design

This course will teach you what device-agnostic design is, what has led to the emergence of device-agnostic design, and what the present issues and challenges in device-agnostic design are.

FITech 101: Mobiilisovellukset ja niiden luominen

Want to know how to make programs that work on mobile devices and how they differ from programs on online or on computers? During this course, you will learn more about the Flutter application framework. The topics of the course are e.g. setting up a work environment, widgets and positioning, and using interfaces.

FITech 101: Data ja tieto

Learn basic knowledge and skills related to data and information management! Databases are present everywhere in our daily lives and the importance of customer databases and data is also constantly growing in the workplace. After completing this course, you will know what data and information are and you will understand the concepts that describe the amount of data. You will know how to manage data and know how to implement small-scale programs that use a database.


All digital services are based on software, and they would not exist without programmers. Online programming courses allow you to get to know programming and different programming languages.

Web software development

On this course, you will learn what web applications are, how they function, and how to build them with JavaScript and Deno. The focus in the course is on designing, implementing, and testing server-side web applications. Along the way, you’ll also learn to deploy applications to cloud environments, and learn the basics of building client-side functionality of web applications.

Modern and emerging programming languages: Rust

This course teaches the basics of Rust, a high-level all-purpose programming language that provides low-level access for blazingly fast performance with special focus on memory safety and concurrency.

Designing and building scalable web applications

The course introduces learners to the principles of building scalable web applications, focusing on recent advances in both client and server side development as well as on platforms and hosting solutions. Architectural patterns and their fit and need for different types of web applications are also considered.

FITech 101: Johdatus ohjelmointiin

After completing this online course, you will know the basic concepts of programming, and be able to read program code and implement small-scale programs.

FITech 101: Internet ja selainohjelmointi

On this online course, you will learn how the internet works, what happens when a browser downloads a web page, and how to create interactive, browser-based programmes.

Sustainability and circular economy

Questions related to the capacity of the planet change our lives in all its aspects. Get to know sustainability and circular economy topics in our online courses.

The new sustainability in business

This course – supported with latest academic research – is an easily accessible resource to update your sustainability knowledge to the present day. It is a hands-on, comprehensive course that explains how businesses can create sustainable value – not only for the economy, but also for the environment and society.

Climate University (external link)

Climate University advances climate change and sustainable development teaching and learning for a sustainable future in Finnish higher education institutions.

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Other courses

Miten talous toimii?

Available only in Finnish. On this course, you will learn how we earn money, how wealth is divided in the world and how big problems emerge and can also be solved.

Design Bits

This is an introductory online course about design for non-designers: people who are curious about what design is, how designers work, and how to work with designers. On this course, you will learn the basics about design, how designers solve problems, and design tools.

Arkkitehtuurin historia

The course is currently available only in Finnish. On this course, you will dive into the history of architecture.


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Tutustu elämänlaajuisen oppimisen videoihin (external link)

Oppiminen voi tapahtua ajasta ja paikasta riippumatta. Pysy uteliaana ja tutustu Aalto-yliopiston videotarjontaan Youtubessa.

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