Teacher’s Handbook

Digital platforms for teaching and learning in Aalto University

Every teacher's core digital platforms include the student information system Sisu and the digital learning management system MyCourses.

Below, you will also find digital platforms that facilitate everyday tasks in contact and remote teaching.

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What digital platforms does Aalto University use to facilitate teaching and learning?

 

The two digital platforms that every teacher needs to operate with are the student information system Sisu and the learning management system (LMS) MyCourses

 

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Sisu and MyCourses interfaces
Sisu is the core information system for teaching and studies MyCourses is Aalto University’s main digital learning environment
Sisu is a tool that students, teachers and Learning Services staff in their various roles can use to handle all aspects of study planning, scheduling and credit entry. Most of the learning activities (discussions, individual and group assignments, submissions, automated assessment) and tools (Zoom, Teams, Panopto and Turnitin) are integrated or otherwise made available for easy use through MyCourses.
Teachers need to confirm students to the course in Sisu and save the final assessments of the course into Sisu. You can build a complete course with course material, quizzes, assignments, and workshops using MyCourses.

MyCourses is highly useful and accessible for both contact and remote teaching needs.

Sisu introduction

sisu.aalto.fi

MyCourses introduction

mycourses.aalto.fi

 

Sisu and MyCourses, the core systems and their connections

In addition to Sisu and MyCourses, there are other recommended digital platforms to facilitate teachers' contact and remote teaching tasks. You can find the most common cases below, accompanied by links to instructions, and contact details for support staff.

We highly recommend favouring the use of the digital tools supported by Aalto University. Then you are assured that the data security of the software has been checked and is maintained, and that support is available to answer questions that may arise regarding its use.

Most common teaching needs and recommended digital platforms

Read more about the digital platforms

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Sisu

Basic information about Aalto's core information system for teaching and studying.

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MyCourses learning environment

MyCourses is the learning environment for Aalto University courses. With MyCourses, teachers can share course material, resources and other content. A teacher can set up and grade assignments, quizzes and workshops. MyCourses also provides tools for collaboration and interaction with students.

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Panopto

Panopto media service

Panopto media service for uploading and sharing videos and for creating video captures and webcasts.

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Teams-kuvituskuva

Online meeting tools - Teams and Zoom

Teams and Zoom are tools for video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. Panopto is a software and media service that is designed to capture, edit, stream, and share video presentations and recorded lectures. You can not use Panopto for online meetings.

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Turnitin an originality checking and feedback software

Turnitin is a tool to help you not only identify plagiarism, but also teach students good scientific writing practices. Turnitin compares submitted text to a massive database of text, highlights all similar text found and creates a similarity report.

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Presemo view

Presemo a fully web-based classroom participation system

Presemo is a fully web-based classroom participation system.

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Zulip chat platform

Zulip is an open-source chat platform suitable for group discussions. It offers LaTeX support and collaborative features that can be useful in teaching. Features like private streams, user groups and the option to mark topics as resolved can be used to enable Q&A and groupwork activities.

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Aalto OpenLearning learning environment

Aalto OpenLearning is Moodle based learning environment for open online courses and educational materials created by Aalto teachers.

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Training for teachers

Note! You will find the entire training schedule and enrolment at Workday Learning.
Teaching competence development

Pedagogical specialists at Aalto University offer university pedagogical training for employees engaged in teaching. The training offers possibilities to develop one's own teaching skills and philosophy as a teacher. We arrange several pedagogical training events each year both in English and Finnish.

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Training to support digital teaching

Teacher services team organises training events, webinarsand workshops for users of shared learning platforms and tools. MyCourses, Panopto, Turnitin, EXAM, Presemo

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Pedagogical training: main page

Do you want to develop yourself as a teacher? Start Aalto pedagogical training with A! Peda Intro and continue with other core courses, or check the available elective courses.

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Applications, software and data storage for Aalto University employees and students

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Teaching and learning

A landing page for teachers to help them find services and support related to teaching and learning.

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