Online learning started at Laurea with 20
credits of open UAS studies. First courses
where based on web pages and e-mail.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ONLINE LEARNING AT LAUREA
During this decade Learning Management
Systems (LMS) and web conferencing
tools entered higher education. Optima
was born. Finnish Online UAS was
established. Social media became part of
business and everyday life.
Laurea trained teachers how to plan and
run online courses. Online guidance and
lectures started. Most of the courses
where blended learning, some only online.
The focus was on teachers and their
The decade started with the revolution of
digitalization in all areas of society.
Massive open online (MOOC) courses
entered to the market. Finnish Online UAS
was closed down, but other cross-
institutional online studies become
investments for the future e.g. FUAS
eCampus and the strategic alliance of
Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia.
Mobile technology, online presence, cloud
services and Bring Your Own Device
(BYOD) become part of daily life in higher
education. The idea of Personal Learning
Environment was spreading.
DigiTeam was established. Teacher
training, online course production, videos
and support where provided with standard
quality requirements inside Laurea. There
was signiﬁcant growth of credits earned
via online courses (30 % from 2015 to
2016). Online Bachelor Degree in Business
Management was redesigned. Library
offered more e-books, e-journals and
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