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Aalto Online Learning

Aalto Online Learning is a strategic educational development project that pioneers online and blended learning experiences at Aalto University. The project's leader is docent Tomi Kauppinen and its coordination group's chair is professor Lauri Malmi.
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Background of Aalto Online Learning

The project launched in January 2016 with 9 pilots from all over Aalto University. The goal is to develop, explore and evaluate novel advanced technical solutions and pedagogical models for online and blended learning. The best practices and models are identified and disseminated into wider use in order to benefit students and teachers in all Aalto schools.

Examples of such models are combining interactive online materials with intensive face to face sessions in flipped classroom settings and sharing online platforms for creating not only learning contents but also for conducting analytics of learning results. As of May 2020, the number of pilots has grown to over 230 and the project has helped improve around 270 courses.

Shaping the future of teaching and learning

The task of the project is to create a culture shift where digitalisation of teaching and learning is an asset to build on. However, this also includes taking a critical point of view on what may be lost in the digitalisation of education. Face-to-face contact with students is one the best assets of universities, and that should not be lost. Instead human teaching resources should be used in tasks where they fit best. Many mundane tasks can be automated to save teachers’ time and creating rich interactive learning content that can support students’ self-study while joint sessions could be used for mentoring, feedback and constructive discussion.

Twice a year Aalto Online Learning collects new ideas for courses and educational tools through Call for Idea Proposals, which are open for teachers, staff and students from all over the university. The best and most innovative ideas for online learning facilities, tools and materials ("pilots") are then selected and invited to join the Aalto Online Learning network. 

Our previous Call for Idea Proposals round was during spring 2020 and the deadline for submissions was on March 26. Read more about the Call for Idea Proposals here.

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Pilot themes

Rather than focusing on one specific tool, Aalto Online Learning strives to develop, explore and evaluate a variety of blended and online tools and approaches. The themes include:

  • Blended learning
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Video Production
  • Gamification
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Online Social Interaction

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Cloud Reachers podcast

Aalto Online Learning Project Leader Tomi Kauppinen produces Cloud Reachers podcastia together with Miikka J. Lehtonen about the future of learning and online teaching.

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Aalto University's joint strategic initiatives in the field of education for 2016-2020 are Aalto Online Learning, Learning Challenge Aalto, Programme Attractiveness and Success of Students.

We educate game changers by

  • pioneering online and blended learning experiences with improved learning results
  • strengthening work life capabilities and integrating real life challenges into teaching and learning by deeper industry-academia relationships
  • improving content and quality of our degree programmes, and processes and tools related to student recruitment, marketing and admissions
  • enhancing student wellbeing by advancing study support, teaching and learning services
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Strategic objective: Educating game changers

Aalto University's joint strategic initiatives in the field of education for 2016-2020 are Aalto Online Learning, Learning Challenge Aalto, Programme Attractiveness and Success of Students.

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