Support for Teaching - Learning Services at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture

This site has two purposes:
1. Compile important information from the perspective of ARTS on the same page
2. To serve as a tool for orientation of the new teachers in ARTS

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Aalto organizes pedagogical training, more information below

Background on ARTS facilities and staff

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture Learning Services

School of Arts, Design and Architecture Learning Services staff by remits and teams.

Service entities
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Workshops - Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture

At the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, hands-on learning is essential. Our students have access to one of the finest workshop environment in the world, with a very high workshop to student ratio.

Ryhmä opiskelijoita

Contact information for individual study arrangements

Here you can find contact details for each school.

Arts_Infra - PrintLab workshop by Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Printlab Fine Art Printing

In Printlab’s Fine-Art Printing service you can make high-quality prints of photographs and graphics on the best museum-quality materials.
Printlab has the latest pigment-based large format printers with print width up to 160 cm. To use the service, you need to make a reservation. The master printer/workshop master provides assistance.

Workshops - Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture
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How to get an access token and access rights

How to proceed when you need an access token and access rights on Aalto university campus located in Otaniemi (staff and students). Here is also an instruction how to proceed if your employment/studying right ends.

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ARTS curriculum design - follow timetable and guidelines

Basics about curriculums:

  1. Curriculum (course names, scopes, course descriptions) are approved for two years at a time in Aalto.
  2. Students and teachers see the approved curriculums in Into (
  3. Students' personal study plans (PSP, HOPS) are mostly based on the curriculum of the studies' starting year.
  4. The timing of the courses is planned with the so-called "recommended study timetables" that are published in Into.
  5. The course brochure (syllabus) in MyCourses is the finishing touch of the curriculum design. 

To support the planning and implementation of teaching

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Course practicalities

What are the responsibilities of the teacher-in-charge? Who can attend a course? How long are individual components of the course valid? What would be good to know before the course starts? This article offers information on course practicalities for teachers.

Opiskelijoiden tukeminen, ohjaus ja hyvinvointi

Student support, guidance and study well-being

Study well-being is important in Aalto University and it is one of our strategic initiatives. We want to ensure our students’ success, capabilities and wellbeing in a multicultural and diverse community. Study well-being questionnaire results indicate that students who feel well also study well. We have many ways to support this wellbeing by providing first-class study support and doing continuous development of teaching.

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Learning hub on diversity and inclusion

Practical tips for fostering diversity.

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For hourly-based teachers at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture

HR's and LES' instructions for hourly-based teachers.

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Zoom Quick Guide

Quick Guide to using Zoom for online meetings and video conferencing.

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Learning solutions for remote working and virtual leadership

Learning solutions for remote working and virtual leadership

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Resource guides (

Support for faculty and students making theses by discipline and in general related to information retrieval, publication and information resources.

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Information on coronavirus

Information on the effects of coronavirus on activities at Aalto University.

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Establishing a remote connection (VPN) to an Aalto network

A remote connection, or a VPN connection, enables users to use the services of Aalto University outside of the university's network.


Management of course registrations (autumn 2021 onwards)

Management is the responsibility of the teacher in charge. Based on the information in the Curriculum Planner (, LES has created study events that should have their registration times ready. See the Sisu instructions to learn more.

Take note when evaluating the study attainments

  1. The grading scale expressed in the course descriptions is utilized in the assessment: 28 § Grading scale for study attainments; Course descriptions and course syllabi
  2. The teacher in charge is responsible for the assessment but may involve others in the assessment: 27 § Teacher in charge of study attainment evaluation
  3. “Students' study attainments are assessed equally on the basis of pre-published, clearly and openly defined competence objectives and assessment criteria”: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Aalto
  4. Publicity and data protection: Act on the Publicity of the Activities of Authorities (Finlex)Data Protection, personal data
  5. The teacher must give grades within four weeks of the end of the course: 30 § Notification of evaluation of study attainments
  6. Student's opportunity to make a complaint about the assessment: 35 § Grade appeals

Learn more about exams and study attainments

Exam room (

Students can independently take exams or other tasks in the Exam rooms.

Develop your courses further - collect and utilize course feedback

One of the current challenges in ARTS is the inaccuracy of course assessment information. What if you add a question about this to the course feedback system and follow the development of the feedback? Does the feedback change after the development activities?

The course feedback system reads the end day of your course. Learn more: Course feedback instructions for the teachers (Wiki)

Course feedback support in ARTS: [email protected]

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Aalto University Course Diaries mobile application

This application promotes individual learning processes as shared experiences, enable adapting teaching and learning during the course.

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Data literacy for Aalto community

Start your journey towards data-driven way of working already today!

Digital Aalto

What kind of trainings and support is available?

Teachers’ lunch is an academic forum for meeting colleagues at ARTS, listening to the introduction, and talks on a chosen theme dealing development of teaching. Syllabus workshops and Cornerstones of academic advising are sets of trainings organized four to five times a year. From these teachers and academic advisors can choose the time moust suitable for them. In addition we organize curriculum clinics during the curriculum process.

Additional information:
Cornerstones of academic advising: Ilona Virtanen, [email protected]
Other trainings: Tiina Pylkkönen, [email protected]

ARTS LES trainings:

Other trainings

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Pedagogical training - main page

Familiarise yourself with teaching, learning and educational development.

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Training to support digital teaching

The ICT for Learning team organises training events and workshops for users of shared learning platforms and tools. MyCourses, Panopto, Turnitin, EXAM, Presemo


Workday Learning

Link to Workday Learning tool

Teaching services is responsible for the curriculum design process, pedagogical support, support for masters thesis process, teaching demonstration assessments (Educational board), Tongji - commissioned education, teacher orientation and course feedback.

ARTS's orientation to learning services consists of:

  1. BASICS:
    • Preliminary assignment to familiarize yourself with data protection and the most important documents guiding education.
    • Orientation meeting (timetable below) Content: essential software (Oodi etc.); degree structures and curriculums; course description and syllabus; recommended study timetables; registering to the courses; study attainment announcement; academic policies and regulations
    • Instructions (updated 2.7.2020)
  2. TEACHERS' IMPORTANT TOOL: Participating MyCourses-training (Training calendar)
  3. ADDITIONAL TRAINING for persons responsible for major or master programme

When can I participate in orientation?

New teachers are invited to orientations with Outlook's calendar invitations. If you have not received a calendar invitation, you can report your participation to Eino Paananen. Training sessions are held about once a month. Some in Finnish, some in English. You will get space information via calendar invitation.


Orientation meetings:

Students have right to get teaching according to curriculums, course descriptions and syllabus

Students have right to get teaching which is based on syllabus, course description and curriculum.

Orientation focuses on pyramid's different levels: important teaching regulations and web-pages/softwares in every layer.

This service is provided by:

Learning Services

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