Are the courses listed on the website the same offered every year, or just examples of what is offered now?

Several online courses are planned to be offered periodically (annually or biannually); such as Technologies for Development and Education, State-of-the-Art Technologies in Education and Design Methods in Educational Technology. The other courses will be offered less frequently or they will be available only once. You can check the courses pages to find about the current course offerings.

Are there bios on individual faculty members? On students? Links to current research projects? Information on student-faculty collaboration?

The profiles of the main supervisors in the IMPDET-LE programme is available in the Community Section of the website.

The following websites include information about the research groups and staff members of UEF who are connected to the IMPDET-LE programme

A list of current IMPDET-LE students, as well as their supervisors can be found from the Doctoral students pages.

How many students are in the program?

As of April 2017, 42 students from 19 different countries are enrolled to the IMPDET-LE doctoral study programme.

What kind of course work will I have to take to earn a PhD?

IMPDET-LE students can take any course offered at the University of Eastern Finland, given that their supervisors approve the course to be included in the course work. Many courses are offered in English on campus and many courses can be arranged as independent learning tasks.

All courses offered specifically by the IMPDET-LE programme are in English and they can be studied online.

More information about the current course offerings can be found from the Current studies section of the website.

Is it necessary to spend time on campus at the University of Eastern Finland?

In most cases it will not be absolutely necessary to spend time on campus. However,  we strongly recommend IMPDET-LE students should spent so time in Campus in order to meet peers face-to-face, work intensively together with the supervisor(s), and take courses offered to doctoral students that are not available online, such as courses offered by the Doctoral School of UEF.

The absolutely minimum requirement is that the student arrives to Campus for the pubic defense of his/her doctoral dissertation in the end of the studies.

Is there a list of the international network of supervisors or associated universities?

You can find this information in the IMPDET-LE Community section of our website.

Is there a way to log in and see a sample course?

It is not possible to give access to the IMPDET-LE courses.

The site mentions that the program is free. Who funds it? What are the chances that it might become a tution-based program, particularly for international students?

There are no tuition fees in doctoral education in Finland, because education is subsidised by the State through the Ministry of Education. Currently, IMPDET-LE is funded by School of Computing, UEF.

There is no tuition charged for degree-seeking students, but what additional expenses should I budget for?

Additional expenses will include items like textbooks, any costs related to your research, and travel costs to visit the Campus.

What percentage of the students study at a distance? Do they take classes together with on-campus students? How do they interact?

Most of the IMPDET-LE students study at a distance. They take IMPDET-LE courses along with on-campus students and interact using the Moodle environment. On-campus and off-campus students have a chance to interact also in edTech research seminars and other IMPDET-LE events.

What should I do once I want to present and defend my dissertation?

You must follow the requirements and protocol established by UEF and the Faculties. Please check

  1. General guidelines for all doctoral students in UEF
    Graduation guidelines in the SCITECO doctoral programme
  2. Dissertation and graduaton guidelines in the Doctoral Programme in Educational Sciences

When do courses begin and end?

UEF has two semester and four periods. The Fall semester starts in September and ends in December, while the Spring semester starts in January and ends in May. Usually IMPDET-LE courses are available between the period of September-May. The doctoral students enrolled in the IMPDET-LE programme reveive information about the available courses and other activities vie email. Also, information about the study possibilities will be added to this website.

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