Open education

Last updated 12.4.2024

Technological advances give teachers new opportunities to share their teaching materials to a wider user community and even run online teaching sessions. However, opening up learning and teaching is also challenging and raises many technical, legal and cultural questions.

Open Education is education that often takes place using digital technology. The aim is to expand access to and participation in learning by lowering barriers and increasing its accessibility, supply and learner-centeredness.

Expert panel in Open Education

The expert panel in Open Education has the task of promoting and discussing issues concerning Open Education in Finnish higher education by, for example, writing recommendations and policies and updating terminology and holding events on Open Education.

The expert panel in Open Education has multiple chairs in 2024:
  • Aino Helariutta (Laurea)
  • Anna Lindfors (CSC)
  • Terhi Kaipainen (XAMK)
  • Minna Fred (Haaga-Helia)
  • Minna Niemi-Grundström (TAU)
  • Mai Tallgren (Finnish National Agency for Education)
  • Tarmo Toikkanen (Open Knowledge Finland)
  • Marjo Vallittu (JYU)

The secretary for the panel is Ilmari Jauhiainen (TSV).

Working groups

Viestintä ja opastus (roughly: communication and guidance)
Person in charge: Aino Helariutta (Laurea).

Oppimisen ja oppimateriaalien avoimuuden linjauksen päivittäminen (roughly: Updating the Policy for Open Education and Educational Resources
Person in charge: Ilmari Jauhiainen (TSV)

Oppimisen vertaistuki (roughly: Peer support for Open Education)
Person in charge: Terhi Kaipainen (XAMK)

Avoimen oppimisen MOOC (roughly: Open Education MOOC).
Person in charge: Marjo Vallittu (JYU)

Avointen oppimateriaalien kuratointi ja vertaisarviointi (roughly: Curation and peer review of Open Educational Resources)
Person in charge: Mira Juppi (Savonia)

Joint Google workspace


Participate in the expert panel/a working group by filling in the registration form (external link, in Finnish). Invalid email addresses and associated names will be removed from the group's membership records.

Please, note that expert panel work is mainly carried out in Finnish.