Towards the world’s best e-learning with a shared vision

In the Digivisio 2030 programme, higher education institutions have defined a shared vision for e-learning during autumn 2022. The vision builds a shared will and creates a framework for the development of e-learning. The vision we formulated together is: the world’s best e-learning is meaningful and functional, as it evolves with time, builds on everyday life and meets the needs of different learners. We make the vision a reality, for example, with national e-learning training and online learning quality criteria. One step at a time, we implement the vision of e-learning by creating everyday solutions for higher education institutions.

In the first phase of the programme, we are developing the Continuous and Flexible Learning Tray that will make open study offerings of all higher education institutions available to everyone easily and effortlessly. We utilise e-learning in the development of the service and support higher education institutions in producing high-quality educational content for the service. We focus on the future and continuously work towards our goal, the world’s best higher education pedagogy.

We cooperate with the higher education community

Pedagogy is the cross-cutting theme of the Digivisio programme. Its experts participate in programme work in different areas, from design to product development and support for the higher education institutions’ change programme. Experts from higher education institutions are extensively involved as co-implementers and in thematic groups. The multidisciplinary thematic groups that started their work at the beginning of the year focus on different themes in the programme. E-learning and pedagogy topics are particularly developed by the Data (data), Ohjaus (guidance) and Koulutustarjonta (educational offering) theme groups. The programme office coordinates the work of the groups and brings topics such as e-learning to the groups for discussion. The networks are also a key partner in Digivisio work. In the field of pedagogy, important partners include the KouKe network and the Digipeda network.

National training programmes create encounters and communality

The first national training programme will be launched in 2023. They are coordinated by the Digivisio programme. The themes of the training include learning design, pedagogical screenwriting and guidance in digital environments, assessment in digital environments, and communality and interaction in digital environments. At the same time, the partial implementers selected from higher education institutions will also focus heavily on the planning of national training in 2024. Next year there will be four interesting training programmes on the following topics: implementing modularity in the planning of education, learning analytics and artificial intelligence supporting learning design and assessment, supporting accessibility, inclusion and non-discrimination in the educational offering of the continuous and flexible learning tray, and new types of implementation models of education supporting continuous learners. National training programmes support the development of e-learning in higher education institutions and are an excellent example of cooperation between higher education institutions and team-based and communal learning. 

High-quality education content for different learners

The first version of the online learning quality criteria was published in March 2023. The quality criteria are part of the general rules of the project. The quality criteria are utilised in the educational offering brought to the continuous and flexible learning tray. According to the quality criteria, studies must be research-based, form entities that can be compiled modularly, contain diverse alternative methods of studying, feedback and guidance, and be digitally accessible. The learning process must also be transparent.

The quality criteria support the realisation of the vision of e-learning, for example by encouraging the provision of small competence modules, which makes it easy for learners to familiarise themselves with new content and increases learning moments in everyday life. In accordance with the vision, e-learning must serve different learners. We take this perspective into account, especially in the criteria that define diversity and the accessibility and usability of digitally supported learning.

The online learning quality criteria are a developing entity that we continue to work on in close cooperation with higher education institutions. The pilot institutions test the quality criteria and, in cooperation with the higher education institutions, develop different ways in which they can integrate the quality criteria into their own planning and quality management processes. The most important task of the online learning quality criteria is to support higher education institutions in producing and selecting high-quality content for the continuous and flexible learning tray.

We make the vision of e-learning a reality by utilising diverse competencies. Together with the higher education community, we can achieve our common goal. Join us on the Digivisio journey towards the future of learning!

Sini Hakala



This article is part of a blog series that unwraps the vision for digital pedagogy drawn up in the Digivisio 2030 programme. Read more about the vision for e-learning.