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Open UAS online studies at Averko

Averko offers everyone the opportunity for flexible online studies at Centria UAS.

Although online learning is not entirely independent of time and place, it is more flexible than contact teaching. The classroom in the Itslearning study environment is open 24 hours a day. You can participate in an online course from any corner of the world. We have done our best to make the online studies as meaningful as possible. The start date and duration of the studies have been specified, but you can complete many course units quicker if your wish. Each Averko course unit has an Itslearning learning environment created specifically for the unit. All Averko courses consist of similar elements and tools.

Averko?

Open online studies have been part of Centria’s vision since 1997. Averko (short for open network universities of applied sciences) served as a co-operation network between several universities of applied sciences, but since 2004, it has served as an independent actor and an integral part of Centria under the name Averko – Open online university of applied sciences. In 2011, the name was updated to Averko eLearning Centre. For more than 20 years, Averko has been recognised both nationally and internationally as a high-quality producer, developer and researcher of online teaching.

The Averko study cycles start three times a year: spring, summer and autumn. The course offer comprises more than 70 course units from different fields, totalling about 270 study points. The scope of the courses varies from 1 to 6 study points. The course units start according to the timetable of the study cycle, if there are enough students. 

May 2022

Enrollment 14.3.2022 – 8.4.2022
Starting day 4.5.2022
Course duration / ending days:
1-2 cr    22.6.2022
3-4 cr    17.8.2022
5-6 cr    24.8.2022

September 2022

Enrollment 15.8.2022 – 9.9.2022
Starting day 28.9.2022
Course duration / ending days:
1-2 cr    16.11.2022
3-4 cr    7.12.2022
5-6 cr    14.12.2022

January 2023

Enrollment 21.11.2022 – 6.1.2023
Starting day 25.1.2023
Course duration / ending days:
1-2 cr    15.3.2023
3-4 cr    5.4.2023
5-6 cr    12.4.2023

May 2023

Enrollment 13.3.2023 – 7.4.2023
Starting day 3.5.2023
Course duration / ending days:
1-2 cr    21.6.2023
3-4 cr    16.8.2023
5-6 cr    23.8.2023

The study offering is published a cycle at a time in our academic calendar. The new study cycle information will be published approximately one week before registration opens.

If you are an Open UAS student (not degree student at any university of applied sciences) or a secondary level route student, you register through the academic calendar, filling in the necessary information in the registration form for each course unit.

If you are a student from another Finnish university of applied sciences, you also register through the academic calendar, filling in the necessary information in the registration form for each course unit. Please, note: Enter your active email address of your university of applied sciences in the form.

Study fees

Open UAS students pay the study fee themselves. Please note: if you wish to receive an invoice at a separate address, fill in the invoicing information on the registration form.

If you are a student from another university of applied sciences, you can participate in the Averko studies free of charge on the basis of a co-operation agreement.

If you are completing a degree at a Finnish secondary school, Centria UAS studies are free of charge. In the registration form, enter the organisation / educational institution where you are studying (e.g. route / school name) and the name of the teacher or student counsellor with whom you have agreed to complete the course unit as the contact person. (Read more about path studies here.)

If you are a Centria UAS student, Averko online studies are free of charge. You register through the Peppi system.

At the moment, the study fee is 10€ / ECTS credit. The studies are invoiced after the three-week cancellation period, calculated from the start of the studies. Dropping out or not completing studies does not entitle you to a refund or cancellation of the invoice.

The studies begin on the date indicated in the Study rounds section. On the start date of the studies, the teacher of the course unit sends a first letter to the participants at the email address you have given. The ID needed for the Itslearning learning environment is sent to your email address no later than the start date of the studies.

Cancellation of participation in a course unit

You can cancel your participation free of charge within three weeks of the start date. Please, submit your cancellation notification to the Averko study advisor on time at averko@centria.fi. In the message, state both your name and the name of the course you wish to cancel. You will receive an email receipt after the cancellation has been processed.

The studies progress under the guidance of an Averko tutor teacher in the Itslearning learning environment. You familiarise yourself with the learning material and complete various tasks. The studies are completed using various online assignments and/or, in some courses, an online exam.

Transcript of records and grade transfer

One month after the completion of the studies at the latest, the grade for the course is available in the Peppi system (students of Centria UAS). If you are an Open UAS student, you can ask for the grade from Averko’s study advisor (email: averko@centria.fi) and request a separate certificate for the studies.

As a rule, if you are a student at another university of applied sciences, you apply for your study attainments and send the data to your home institution in the My Studyinfo service or the Puro service. If your university of applied sciences is not using either service, you can request a certificate of studies by email: averko@centria.fi.

The Itslearning is an online learning environment we started using at Centria in summer 2021. Itslearning is used in both contact and online teaching (including Averko). The system automatically creates workspaces and brings Centria’s own students to Itslearning based on the Peppi system data.

Instructions for activating the Itslearning ID will be sent to external students by email at the beginning of the studies. You can use the ID to log in to the learning environment for the duration of your studies. Please, note that the ID will automatically expire within 14 days of the end date of the course unit.

Itslearning is a browser-based system that requires a computer and/or mobile device, an Internet connection, and a browser. Supported browsers are the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

When can I get information on the start of a course unit?

You get a cancellation notification of any cancellation of a course unit immediately after the end of the registration period.

About one week before the start of the course unit, you get an email about the starting course unit.

 I didn’t get the ID. What do I do?

You will receive the ID at the email address you gave when you registered no later than the start date of your studies. Please, contact Averko by email to verify that your email address is correct.

If you have not received an ID, it is also a good idea to check the Junk Mail folder of your email account. Automatic messages are sometimes directed there. If you cannot find your ID there, please contact averko@centria.fi.

How can I give feedback on a course unit?

You can give feedback for each course unit in the Itslearning learning environment at the end of the course unit.

The course has started, but the tutor teacher has not contacted me?

First, log in to the Itslearning learning environment and try to contact the tutor from there.

You can also contact averko@centria.fi to make sure your email address is correct.

I’ve completed my studies, but the grade doesn’t appear in my school’s system. How do I get my grade to my own school?

If you have registered through CampusOnline, check out your school’s practices regarding grade transfer from here.

If you are an Open UAS student or a secondary level student, submit a certificate request to averko@centria.fi. In your message, please, mention the date of completion and the name of the course unit.

I want to cancel my studies, what do I do?

You can cancel your studies by submitting a written notification to averko@centria.fi.

Please, note that you have a cancellation right of three weeks from the start date of your studies.

After the cancellation period, Open UAS students must pay the entire course unit fee.

I got an invoice for a course unit I cancelled?

Please, contact averko@centria.fi to check whether the invoice is justified.

You have probably cancelled your participation in the course unit after the three-week cancellation period, or the cancellation has gone to the wrong email address (e.g. the teacher of the course unit), in which case invoicing is justified.

If you have cancelled your participation within the three-week cancellation period, the invoice is not justified.

I’m not sure this course is right for me?

Before registering for a course unit, please, make sure that it is suitable for your studies. If, at the beginning of the course unit, you find that it is not suitable for you, you can cancel your participation within the three-week cancellation period by contacting averko@centria.fi.

If you need more detailed information on the course description, please, contact averko@centria.fi well in advance. The tutor will look into the matter for you.

Can’t log in to my studies any longer?

If the course is still in progress, you should be able to log in without problems > contact averko@centria.fi. If the course has ended, the ID may be locked, and you will no longer have access to the learning environment. The ID automatically expires within a short period of time after the completion of the course unit.

CampusOnline.fi is a joint portal for universities of applied sciences in Finland. It brings together online studies that universities of applied sciences offer.

From the offer, you can select the course units that are suitable for your degree. Make sure with your own degree programme (Director of Education) that the courses are suitable for your degree.

If you are a degree student at any Finnish university of applied sciences, an exchange student or an Open UAS path student, the course units are free of charge. If you are another Open UAS student, you pay an Open UAS fee for your studies.

The portal provides basic information on the course units. The link to the course unit gives you access to the website of the university of applied sciences that organises the studies. You can find more detailed information and a registration page there.

Once you have completed a course unit and the teacher has assessed the course, you must apply for a grade for the course and submit it to your university of applied sciences in the Puro service.

Centria student, please, note: You need to register for Centria’s own online studies through the Peppi system.

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