Program content and schedule

The study program consists of 60 ECTS credits of content. Content will be offered as 30 credits of course work and 30 credits worth of thesis / final project work, however the courses and project will be seamlessly integrated into one large product development cycle throughout the year. The study course content will focus on three independently run, but interconnected courses:

  1. Foundations of education and pedagogy (10 ECTS);
  2. Business principles / entrepreneurship (10 ECTS); and
  3. Service design and innovation management (10 ECTS).

The various content will be offered during both face-to- face sessions and in distance delivery through virtual meetings and online activities. Therefore, we expect that you can continue your professional work while completing the program.

The first course on education will offer a broad grounding on pedagogical principles, a history of education policy and structures and outline examples of current trends in education innovation. An emphasis will be made on the Finnish education system and innovations in Finland and the Nordics, however education models and practices from other jurisdictions will also be discussed.

The course on business and entpreneurship will cover business topics relating to business models and plans, marketing, an entrepreneural mindset and raising capital. Information will also be covered in this course on the practical establishment and operation of a startup venture or non-profit organization.

The course on service design and innovation management will focus on principles seen as supporting useful and successful innovation such as design thinking methods and an awareness of both conceptual and applied topics associated with innovation and creativity and user experience.

The project work / thesis will consist of the practical development of a project / product and associated research on the design and / or effectiveness of that project / product. For example, a program participant may develop a digital education prototype as part of his / her final project and test this prototype in their own or in another educator’s classroom. Thesis work will then be connected with the testing of that product by collecting and analyzing data about its use and effectiveness. In most cases, thesis work will be expected to use an action research approach and be fully integrated in the product or service design; not a separate research process.


The structure of the studies will be based on a blended learning model: distance learning sessions using online and video conferencing tools, and 4 face-to-face sessions in Oulu and Helsinki (as well as the possibility for a session in London, UK). The face-to-face sessions will take place at various long weekends throughout the academic year starting with the mandatory program introduction session in Oulu with all participants on September 7-9, 2018.

The year schedule of studies will run as follows (changes possible to the timing and number of Oulu sessions):

F2F1 introduction session (3 days in Oulu) (7-9.9.2018)

Key topics to be covered during a bootcamp-style session: program structure, introductions to Finnish education, entrepreneurship and service design, research methodologies, clarification of product prototype challenges, project presentations.

Online components during the fall

  • Monthly video conference sessions (3 hours each in August, September, and October)
  • Self-paced assignments covering education, entrepreneurship and design as well as project topics and expectations

F2F2 winter session (3 days in Helsinki) (dates at the end of November 2018 TBC)

Key topics: education and market research, prototype design and edtech industry essentials. Meetings with government agencies, edtech ecosystem stakeholders and venture capitalists. Note: this session will be integrated with extended activities as part of the annual Finnish global startup event - Slush - taking place at the same time as this session.

Online components during the winter

  • Monthly video conference sessions (3 hours each in November, December, January and February)
  • Continued self-paced assignments on core content

F2F3 spring session (3 days in Oulu) (dates at the end of March 2019 TBC)

Key topics: business planning and startup logistics, user testing and data collection

Online components during the spring

  • Monthly video conference sessions (3 hours each in March, April and May)
  • Continued self-paced assignments on core content

F2F4 final session (3 days in Location TBC) (dates in June 2019 TBC)

Final wrap-up workshop and bootcamp including presentation of prototypes at public edtech event and may include participation in an optional global edtech event such as in London, UK)


Online Adobe Connect sessions (  
No. Dates (exact days tbc) Key activity  
AC1 August Welcome to accepted applicants and program overview
AC2 September Follow-up from first meetings
AC3 October Project outline review and presentation
AC4 November Key partners review, keynotes, testing plans presentations
AC5 December Prototyping and testing plans
AC6 January Project and testing updates, keynote, group activity
AC7 February Project and testing updates, keynote, group activity
AC8 March Project and testing updates, keynote, group activity
AC9 April Project and testing updates, keynote, group activity
AC10 May Final project updates and final presentation review
Online tutorials    
Periodically through the program schedule based on personal study plan