The co-operation will gradually open the shared digital courses offering of all Finnish universities of applied sciences by the year 2020.

The digital course selection will enable open, year-round studying and more flexible specialisation and cross-studying opportunities between the educational institutions for the students, as well as a new way of matching work and studies to shorten studying times, make study paths more versatile and, ultimately, secure better employment. The new educational solutions meet the competence needs of the future and ensure smooth digital study paths for students.

Behind the changes that are visible to the students, changes are also made to the information systems, and digital guidance utilising learning analytics is being developed. Furthermore, a coaching programme will be implemented to ensure that the staff competence on digital pedagogy is up to date with the evolving operating culture. The co-operation was started in the autumn of 2016 with the entire UAS sector and the Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (ARENE). The Ministry of Education and Culture will fund the implementation of the eAMK project in 2017–2020. JAMK University of Applied Sciences takes leadership in the project.

– For teachers, eAMK provides online pedagogy support and mentoring, and the Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER) of the University of Jyväskylä researches learning ecosystems, says Hannu Ikonen, who manages the project.

To date, 60 courses from different universities of applied sciences and several fields have been accepted for the trial.