Finnish Education - 21st Century Competences and Learning


Pirjo Suhonen


Loves technology, but loves learning and teaching more. Fascinated by EdTech, experimenting and innovations, which support global collaboration and learning. Fresh Master’s thesis on educational technology 2016. I have worked in education and care in Finland, UK, France and Belgium. Publications: Helsingin Yliopisto/Cicero Learning

Reviews (4)

Simply Awesome, a dive into Finnish Education, a great opportunity to look into strengths of the education system in Finland.
Marinko Petković
Barbara Anna Zielonka
It is a well-structured and well-pitched course. If you are a teacher, headmaster or teacher trainer who would like to learn about Finnish Education, you should definitely join it. The information provided in each of the four modules seemed pitched at just the right level. Everything was clearly presented, detailed and comprehensive. I am really happy that I completed this online course and you will too!
Barbara Anna Zielonka


ALO Finland Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) introduces Innovative Pedagogy and EdTech in Finland. The emphasis is on the practical approach and solutions that can be repeated, benchmarked and further developed worldwide. Teachers can learn from the best practices in Finnish schools via videos, text and photos.

The digital teacher training course provides an insight into Finnish schools and offers an opportunity to visit primary schools in Finland online. 

Finnish Education 2.0 brings great academic results, whilst cultivating curiosity, creativity and future innovators. End result of an excellent education is academically strong, happy and healthy children, who become well informed and more sustainable global citizens than previous generations.



Finnish students score well in international tests such as Timms, Pirls and PISA. The differences between the weakest and strongest students are the smallest in the world, according to the recent survey by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). There are no school inspectors or standardized testing in Finland, apart from A-levels in high-school. And yet, the differences between schools are very small and a Finnish child is getting the same quality education in different schools.



Finnish teachers hold a Master's degree and are trained to continuously develop their profession. Teachers are the ones who put the new national curriculum in Finland (2016) into practice. Future focused research, curriculum implementation and its further development are part of their work. Teachers are the key in providing excellence and equity into education.



The purpose of the ALO Finland MOOC is more than just content delivery and theory. It aims to enhance collaboration between learners and encourage creative experiments in different schools and classrooms. MOOCs at their best become global learners communities with plenty of interaction and collaboration; sharing good ideas, thoughts and also failures, developing good practices further together.


1. Introduction to online environment and authentic learning. 

2. Finnish education- innovative pedagogy and holistic approach

3. Curriculum and Phenomenal learning . The new national curriculum (2016) introduces multi-disciplinary, phenomenal learning.

4. Broad-based competences: ICT, entrepreneurship, life skills, multi-literacy, active participation, cultural competence, self-expression and interaction, thinking and learning to learn skills.


Learning objectives:

1. Learn about interesting and innovative practical experiments and pedagogy in Finnish preschools and primary education.

2. Learn what phenomenal, multi-disciplinary and 21st century competences.

2. Learn to share, benchmark, learn from other teachers innovations in learning and teaching and collaborate in MOOC learners community.



A free online certificate is provided after successful completion of the course. It is an online version, which can be easily linked to your LinkedIn profile.

Also a printed certificate can be ordered via Eliademy.



ALO Finland wishes to use students' tasks and discussions for further development, research and other purposes to promote effective global learning online and improve education in Finland and abroad.


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