Online Courses on Education and the  pedagogical use of ICT

The University of Jyväskylä has a strong tradition of promoting pedagogy and education. Through the courses of Open University we offer this opportunity for everyone. JYU’s research in education ranked 36th in the 2020 Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. Our pedagogical expertise has its roots back in the year 1863 when the University of Jyväskylä started the  Teacher Seminary.

The open university courses are open for everyone. You can study our online courses in English on the field of education.  Learn the basics on our educational system, learn how to become a digitally competent educator, experience how to handle guidance and counselling online and study how to create on interactive digital product. 

Open University is open to all regardless of age, location or educational background. Our studies are offered online so they can be completed through distance learning. Most of our courses have no entrance requirements and the registration period is long. Our studies are affordable, costing 15 euros per ECTS credit.

Study online at the Open University of the University of Jyväskylä!

Get to know our courses in English below:

Digitally Competent Educators

Digitally Competent Educators short learning programme (SLP) comprises three study modules which develop educators digital pedagogic competence in teaching and learning. This SLP is suitable for educators who work in all levels of education. Enjoy your study stream through internet – connected with international students. The short learning program is divided in three modules:


What is the secret of Finnish education? You can study five MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course), each covering one area of the Finnish education from pre-primary to upper secondary education.

Information and Communication Technology in Guidance and Counselling

Do you work or want to work in the field of career guidance and study counselling?  Through ICT in Guidance and Counselling course (5 ECTS) you will become aware of the variation in ways technology plays in career service field. You will learn how to maintain your ICT literacy and technological skills.

Instructional Design

Through Instructional Design: Creating an Interactive Digital Product for Education (5 ECTS) course you will learn skills that are important in daily practice and in dealing with digital media in education. After the course you will be able to plan, organise, implement and evaluate a digital educational project, using different softwares.

Guide to Finnish Education

On these Guide to Finnish Education courses you will get a good insight to Finland's education system from the very beginning, from the Early Childhood Education, to the Upper Secondary Education. You will also understand what kind of guidance and support pupils and students get and how the educational leadership works in Finland.



If you are interested in studying with us, please also read our Study instructions. There you can find important information about registration and fees, modes of study and certificates among other things.

All courses offered at JYU Open