The University of Helsinki is one of the top universities in the world. They are also users of Moodlerooms. A post in Moodlerooms’ E-Learn Magazine profiles the 376 year old institution and the outcomes of their Massive Online Open Courses, or MOOC.
For the top of the crop, a MOOC works like a teaser trailer: an unmissable opportunity to highlight what makes a university worth keeping an eye on. It gives a global learning audience a glimpse of a culture, a pedagogy and a mission. When it comes to the LMS, it hints to their technological savviness, and the attention they give to collaboration and valuable discussion.
Through their starting roster of courses, the University of Helsinki is looking to “seek solutions to global challenges and create new ways of thinking for the benefit of humanity“. To carry out their vision, teachers are invested in the LMS, its functionality and design. Their two global courses are Political System in England and Sustainable Energy in Education, taught in English. Four more MOOCs are offered in Finnish.
It is interesting to note that in the digital arena, the stakes turn upside down. Students play local and teachers are newbies. To the surprise of many, “students don’t complain very often, as they are familiar with many online platforms” and tolerant to teachers. But the academic freedom teachers enjoy translate to the LMS. They can choose the appearance, tools and course format of their choice. This has become a motivation for teachers to learn and asking for help from their peers and even their students without hesitation.