Covid-19 pandemic brought challenges and new methods for online teaching


Pros and cons on online teaching were discussed in an international workshop. The event gathered together over 50 academic teachers and experts of online teaching.

The event was opened by Piia Björn, Vice Rector (Education), University of Turku.

Kati Isoaho, Senior Evaluation Advisor, from Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) presented impacts of the exceptional teaching arrangements during the pandemic, including the study progress and number of completed degrees.

Satu Hakanurmi, Head of Development, Educational Support Services, told about the experiences at the University of Turku, including how the teaching methods have changed and how the different online practices may be used in the future.

The coordinator of the InCompEdu project, Olga Dębicka from the University of Gdansk  told about the goals and benefits of the project, as well as tools which will be available for the teachers.

Senior Project Manager Riitta Pöntynen from the Centre for Maritime Studies presented the preliminary results of InCompEdu survey, which were then discussed in the working groups in the afternoon. The results are based on an extensive questionnaire for academic teachers, which was carried out in all the project's partner countries in 2021. Interviews have also been done. In all the countries, the most often mentioned challenges were engagement of the students in online teaching. In particular, when the shift to online teaching took place in March 2020, the workload increased due to organisation of online teaching, and working a full day on screen caused fatigue. The respondents reported a multitude of best practices related to online teaching. Based on the results, reports on the challenges and good examples will be published. 

The online workshop was organised by the Centre for Maritime Studies and it was moderated by Timo Halttunen, Head of Unit, Areal Research and Development, Brahea Centre.

Presentations and report of the event as pdf

Report of InCompEdu IO1 Multiplier Event - Challenges and best practices in remote and hybrid academic teaching

Views to the progress of higher education studies in Finland in the pandemic times. Kati Isoaho, Senior Evaluation Advisor, Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC)

Emergency online teaching or pedagogical success stories? Satu Hakanurmi, Head of Development, Educational Support Services, University of Turku

Innovative Competence in Online Higher Education – idea and goals of the project. Olga Dębicka, University of Gdansk, InCompEdu project

Challenges and best practices in online teaching. Preliminary results of InCompEdu survey. Riitta Pöntynen, University of Turku.

Additional information

InCompEdu is financed by Erasmus+ and realised during 1.4.2021 – 31.3.2023. Centre for Maritime Studies coordinates its IO1 “Identification of problems and good practices with transferring academic teaching to on-line mode”. The project is coordinated by the University of Gdańsk, Poland.




Created 07.03.2022 | Updated 25.04.2022