Located in the heart of Finland's educational landscape, Eduko, also known as Kouvola Vocational Institute Ltd, has undergone an incredible digital transformation in recent years. Now, they have set their sights on creating a state-of-the-art digital vocational learning space that is accessible to everyone.
With a strong dedication to providing high-quality education, Eduko welcomes approximately 6,500 students each year and offers a wide range of learning opportunities. By embracing digital learning in vocational education, Eduko is taking their innovative approach to the next level with the development of a digital campus that caters to all vocational needs.
Eduko embarked on a transformative journey through a merger, bringing together two institutions—one using itslearning and the other employing an open-source solution. After careful consideration, they collectively determined that itslearning was the best fit for their institution, although not without challenges. Implementing new methodologies and technologies often faces resistance, particularly after a merger. Tuija Arola, Development Director at Eduko, reflects on their experience, stating,
Arola also emphasizes the importance of dedicated time and internal support; "Our itslearning coordinator plays a vital role internally, supporting the implementation process and ensuring that teachers have the help and time they need to adapt to the new platform."
Aleksi Tarvainen, Eduko's key account manager in itslearning, adds,
"Addressing resistance requires effective communication and understanding, particularly in a merger scenario. We have worked closely with Eduko to address concerns, provide training, and highlight the benefits of the changes. It has been a collective effort."
Pioneering modern vocational education
In the realm of vocational studies, Eduko's collaboration with itslearning has significantly transformed teaching methodologies. Arola notes,
"Our collaboration with itslearning has greatly enhanced our teaching methods. The platform's user-friendly interface and robust features have allowed us to create a dynamic and engaging learning environment for our students."
To illustrate the impact of itslearning in vocational studies, Arola uses the example of bricklaying—an ancient profession that requires modern training. Through itslearning, bricklaying students have access to multimedia resources, interactive modules, and collaborative tools, streamlining theoretical learning and enhancing practical training.
Bridging theory and practice with innovative tools
Arola further emphasises the use of innovative technology such as video glasses in vocational training. Instructors wear video glasses, providing students with a firsthand perspective of construction sites, an experience that is often limited due to health and safety regulations. This immersive approach bridges the gap between theory and practice, enabling students to visualise and understand complex concepts in a real-world context.
Tarvainen emphasises, "Our partnership with Eduko is focused on empowering educators. The platform is tailored to meet the unique demands of vocational education, offering tools that optimise learning experiences and promote student success."
E-Kampus: shaping the future of education
Beyond traditional education, Eduko envisions the future through its groundbreaking E-Kampus project. Arola explains,
"E-Kampus represents our commitment to providing accessible education to learners worldwide, showcasing our dedication to innovation and inclusivity."
Tarvainen sheds light on the collaborative efforts between itslearning and Eduko for the E-Kampus project, stating, "Working with Eduko on the E-Kampus initiative has been a collaborative journey. We have customised itslearning to align with Eduko's vision, ensuring the platform seamlessly integrates with the innovative approach of E-Kampus."
As Eduko continues to shape the future of vocational education, their collaboration with itslearning, innovative use of tools, and adept handling of the implementation process exemplify their commitment to transformative and inclusive learning experiences. This partnership sets a standard for educational excellence not only in Finland but also on the global stage, paving the way for a dynamic and accessible learning environment in vocational studies.
Arola sums it all up;
"We have a strong vision for the future, and itslearning plays a vital role as a system and partner in supporting our operations and strategy for what lies ahead. We value itslearning not only for its functionality but also for the exceptional local support that no other supplier can match."