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Training Expert, Open University and Continuous Learning
Doctoral Researcher, ​Department of Computing


+358 29 450 2020
+358 50 911 0369
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Areas of expertise

online education
online tutoring
learning design
interaction design
teacher training
Finnish language
career guidance


I am an expert in online education, a career counselor, and a teacher of language and literature. My particular expertise lies in online education tailored for immigrants, researching and developing teachers' digital skills, guidance, learning, and service design, project management, publishing, writing, and online communication.

Currently, I am working on the following projects:

SIMHE - Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland

Innovative European Career Guidance (IEUCG), Erasmus+


I have taught and guided adult immigrants in online integration training and entrepreneurship coaching at a university of applied sciences. Additionally, I have instructed teachers in vocational schools, universities of applied sciences, and universities. My teaching encompasses Finnish language instruction, online communication, utilizing digital tools in teaching, online writing and publishing, as well as constructing and designing components or entire modules of online courses for various digital environments. My specific teaching interests lie in constructing interaction and guidance situations online, enhancing students' online learning skills, fostering educators' online teaching competencies, and understanding community formation in online settings.


The title of my doctoral dissertation is "Interaction Design Supporting Sustainable Work Life and Learning in Online Training for Adult Immigrants."

I am conducting research for my dissertation, exploring collaboratively learning online communities that foster cooperative learning. Specific areas of interest in my research include teachers' digital capabilities, entrepreneurial skills, self-efficacy, leveraging learners' digital competence, learning to become an online educator, communicating online without a shared language, structuring technology-mediated interaction situations, and designing online guidance processes.


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Lesson Learned of Tablet Course for Semi-literate Immigrants (2022)

International Conference on Human Interaction & Emerging Technologies: Artificial Intelligence & Future Applications, AHFE International: Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International
Ahola Marja, Hartikainen Anita
(Vertaisarvioitu artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa (A4))

Learning Path Model for Immigrant Engineers (2021)

International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE), Research Reports from Turku University of Applied Sciences
Hartikainen Anita, Kivimäki Matti, Paukkala Pauliina, Tauriainen Mari, Hirard Tiina, Kamppari Heli,
(Artikkeli ammatillisessa konferenssijulkaisussa (D3))

The Immigrant Integration Online Training Program in Finland (2020)

International Convention on Information, Communication and Electronic Technology, International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics
Anita Hartikainen, Marja Ahola, Mikko-Ville Apiola, Erkki Sutinen
(Vertaisarvioitu artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa (A4))