Student checklist | Open University

Check schedules and other details

The course page of your course features the study schedule, teaching locations, course literature as well as information on the learning objectives, contents and mode of completion for the course. The course page will also have a link to the relevant online learning environment (Moodle or MOOC).

Activate your University of Helsinki user account

You will receive a University of Helsinki user account when you enrol to Open University studies. Your user account gives you access to the online learning environment Moodle as well as the digital resources of the Helsinki University Library. You will also receive access to Microsoft’s Office 365 services along with a helsinki.fi email address for the duration of your studies.

You must activate your user account before you begin your studies. Please note that you can activate your account on the day following your registration. At the earliest, the user account may begin to work one hour after you activated it. However, it can take up to 24 hours before the user account works. These delays are caused by data transfers occurring between various systems. The activation of the user account requires in-person or strong electronic identification.

Read more: University of Helsinki user account and instructions for activating the account

NOTE! As a rule, MOOC courses (Massive Open Online Courses) do not require a University of Helsinki user account, and in such cases, one will not be granted.

NB! Due to the deployment of the new academic administration system at the University of Helsinki, University of Helsinki user accounts cannot be activated from 16 to 30 May 2021. If your studies begin during that period or right in the beginning of June, remember to activate your user account in good time, no later than on Saturday, 15 May 2021. Read more: New academic administration system introduced at the University of Helsinki 

Log in to the online learning environment (Moodle or MOOC)

Nearly all Open University courses use the Moodle online learning environment or a MOOC environment. Depending on the course’s mode of completion, Moodle can be used by students to view online lectures, complete and submit assignments, engage in online discussions, take online examinations and read information relating to their studies.

To log in to Moodle you will need a link and the course key when you log in for the first time. Both the link and the course key will be available on the relevant course page when you log in with your University of Helsinki user account. NOTE! You will first have to activate your user account (see above: Activate your University of Helsinki user account).

The login instructions for the online learning environments used on MOOCs vary. Instructions will be available on the relevant course page.  

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Start using the helsinki.fi email address

As a student at the Open University, you will be granted access to Microsoft O365 services and a helsinki.fi email address for the duration of your studies.

You can access your email by logging in at www.helsinki.fi/office365 with your University of Helsinki username and password.

NOTE! By default, all study-related emails will be sent to your helsinki.fi address unless you specifically direct your emails to another address.  

Read more: The helsinki.fi email and other digital services 

Find the necessary course literature or other material

The Helsinki University Library is also available to Open University students. Get a Helka library card for the Helsinki University Library in good time and start looking for your course literature. Also explore the Library’s instructions, training sessions and other services.

Digital e-books and articles are becoming increasingly common as course material. You can access digital resources with your University of Helsinki user account (see above: Activate your University of Helsinki user account) The digital resources can be accessed through the Library’s Helka database.

You may also be able to find your course literature in other libraries in your area or libraries of other institutions of higher education.

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Make a plan and enjoy learning!

Depending on your course and teacher, university studies can involve in-person or online lectures, reading, taking notes, written assignments, online discussions, groupwork and examinations.

Studying is rewarding and motivating, but it is also often hard work. We recommend you start planning how you intend to make room for your studies alongside the other activities and responsibilities in your life.

Remember that it is also possible to develop as a learner! The study skills page features tips for engaged reading and essay writing among other topics. 

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Take the examination or submit the learning assignment

Courses are usually completed through examinations, written assignments or a combination of the two. More information about the mode of completion is available on the course page and the online learning environment of the course. Examinations may be organised at the facilities of the University or its partner institution, or online.  
 
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Congratulations, you have completed a course or study module!

Your completed studies and credits will be entered into the University of Helsinki’s student records. You can browse your completed studies through the My Studyinfo service maintained by the Finnish Agency for Education.  
 
The information in the My Studyinfo service is an official certificate of your completed studies. You can use My Studyinfo to document your studies, for example for institutions of education or employers.  

If you have completed all courses included in a study module, you may request that they be compiled into a study module. After the study module has been compiled, the individual courses will be visible as a completed module in your completed studies. 
 
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NB! Due to the deployment of the new academic administration system at the University of Helsinki, courses completed at the Open University are not registered between 17 and 30 May 2021. In early June, there may be congestion in the registration of completed studies. Read more: New academic administration system introduced at the University of Helsinki 

Special arrangements to support learning

As a student at the Open University, we may support you through special arrangements in some learning situations. For example, you may be entitled to extended exam time limits or the use of a personal assistant. 

For special arrangements, you must provide the university with a doctor's certificate or an expert report (psychologist, speech therapist, physiotherapist, etc.) which explains which special arrangements you need and why.

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Instructions for students in adult education centres, summer universities or folk high schools

The practices, instructions and services listed here also largely apply to you if you are engaged in the University of Helsinki’s open university studies through one of our partner institutions (adult education centers, summer universities or folk high schools). The main difference is that your registration has two steps:  

  • You must first register with the institution organizing your studies.  
  • After this, register online as a University of Helsinki Open University student. If necessary, you may request instructions on how to do this from your institution.  

When you register as an Open University student, you will receive a University of Helsinki user account, access to the online learning environment Moodle and the digital resources of the Helsinki University Library, and your completed studies will be entered into the University of Helsinki’s student records. 

Refer to the contact person at your institution for all instructions on registering for the Open University. The contact person can also answer your questions regarding the arrangements of your studies and the practices of your institution

Contact us

The Open University’s teachers, education advisors, study advisors and the IT Helpdesk can help you with any questions you may have.  

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