The experience of realizing good collaborative online courses in Arctic tourism

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.4 Arctic tourism: A tool for education and a topic for educational collaboration
Datetime Sep 05, 2018 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM (UTC +3)
Location IT105
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Kaarina Tervo-Kankare
Author(s) Kaarina Tervo-Kankare (University of Oulu, Finland), Gunnar Þór Jóhannesson (University of Iceland, Iceland), Pat Maher (Cape Breton University, Canada), Outi Rantala (University of Lapland, Finland)
Abstract text

This presentation discusses experiences of creating and organizing a highly successful online course in strong collaboration with several universities. The presentation sheds light on the hard work needed and the challenges encountered during this kind of educational collaboration. In addition, the lessons learned by the teachers are evaluated.


In 2016, the University of the Arctic’s thematic network on Northern Tourism set up two online courses to be offered for the students of the seven universities actively engaged in the network. All seven universities provided expertise for the contents of the course and the first online course was opened to students in 2016. This year, the courses are running for the second time.


Student feedback from the courses has been very good, and this presentation is structured based on this feedback. We will discuss solutions and work required to reach the outcome evaluated by the students. Thus, we will touch upon defining competences, creating course material, learning by doing and utilizing versatile pedagogical methods to support interaction and learning in an environment where everything happens online and most of the participants are strangers to each other. The evaluation of the course production and realization emphasizes the need for open communication and commitment of all the participants.

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