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Open university: Introduction to Education and Lifelong Learning, 2023-2024

Open university
smart for good
5 ECTS credits
Continuous learning category:
Teaching, education and psychology
Teaching format:
Independent learning, Blended teaching, Contact teaching
75 € (VAT 0%)
Jatkuva oppiminen verkkosivut

Course contents: Key concepts of education (education, teaching, pedagogics, counselling, lifelong learning, human development and growth, enlightenment). Formal and nonformal education, informal learning, learning spaces. Key characteristics, focus areas and research topics in educational sciences. Main methods and methodological grounds of human scientific (scientific research; qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approach).

Learning outcomes:

After completing the course, the student

  • Knows the conceptual basis of education and lifelong learning,
  • Understands the structure of formal education systems, different types of nonformal education, and the role of informal learning and different types of learning spaces in the society and in individual lives
  • Recognizes different research fields of educational sciences,
  • Is familiar with the key research approaches and methodologies in educational sciences

Please check Peppi- study guide for more information about the study module.

This course is a part of the basic studies Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development that also offer an open university route to a Bachelor Degree Programme of the same name at the University of Eastern Finland. Read more here.

Lectures (also available online and as recordings) 8 h; online exam based on lectures 2 h; online exam based on book 2 h independent work 123 h.

All course related information and materials are in Moodle (guidelines, lecture links & recordings, course materials, online exams...)

If you have been granted temporary protection in Finland (by Migri), this English-language course is free for the academic year 2023-2024.  Please contact training secretary for registration.

The normal study fee is 15 euros per ECTS credit. The study fee is paid at registration.

If the teaching is provided by a partner school of the Open University, the study fee consists of the Open University’s study fee and the partner school’s fee. The study fee is paid when registering for the course. Please find more information: Registration, study fees and right to study | University of Eastern Finland ( There is no separate registration or fee for study modules; register for each course individually.

By paying the study fee, the student receives a temporary right to study that entitles them to attend a particular course. The right to study is course-specific, and is required to complete the course as specified in the syllabus for the term, covering both teaching and course exams. If the course is continuously open for registration, the maximum time to complete the course is from 1 August to 31 July for that academic year.

Irrespective of time
Day time teaching

Lectures: key concepts of lifelong learning and basics of educational sciences 6 h, basics of research methods 2 h.


Register for studies

I Click the registration button on this page. You will be directed to our registration service with the study unit already selected. You can add several study units to your study cart before you continue. 

II Proceed to identify yourself using the service, fill in your personal information to the registration form, confirm your registration and pay the study fees. If you cannot use the service, please contact our training secretary, their information can be found below. 

Please note that the registration is binding. For more information on study fees and payment and cancellation terms, please see: Registration, study fees and right to study | University of Eastern Finland (

III Your registration will typically be processed in 2-5 working days. During peak registration periods, this may take up to 10 days. After this period, you will get an automatic message which includes a link to the starting instructions. Please read and follow the instructions carefully.  


If you do not have a UEF username, you will also get instructions for activating one. Access rights will be added to your username when your study right begins.  


If you can’t find these messages, remember to check your email’s trash folder, and contact the open university staff if needed. 


If your employer will pay your tuition fee, please contact our training secretary. Their contact information can be found below. 

Registration starts:
2023-12-08 09:00
Registration ends:
2024-04-14 23:59