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UNderstand artificial intelligence

Take our hugely popular AI course!

What is artificial intelligence? How does it affect your work and life? How will artificial intelligence develop? The course aims to make AI more understandable. You do not need an in-depth knowledge of maths or programming skills to take the course. You can start the course flexibly in the MOOC learning environment and complete it at your convenience. For further information, please see the course description.

ALSO NOTE: Are you wondering what it takes to complete the course? Click here for frequently asked questions (e.g., information on course assessment, duration and credits). You can also ask questions (e.g., about course assignments) in the course chat room .

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WHEN can I enroll on the course?

  • You will be given instructions for course enrollment in the MOOC online learning environment after completing the course.
  • The course enrollment form is open for a pre-defined period only (until 31th of August 2021)

WHY should I enroll on the course?

  • If you wish to have the ECTS entered in the University of Helsinki’s student records, you must enroll on the course at the Open University.

HOW to enroll on the course?

  • You will be given instructions for course enrollment in the MOOC online learning environment after completing the course.
  • In order to enroll you will need to meet one of the following criteria:
    A. You have a university of Helsinki user ID.
    B. You have a user ID at a HAKA federation member institution.
    C. You have Finnish personal indentity number.
    D. You are able to visit the University of Helsinki Admission Services in Helsinki and verify your identity. You can find the instructions for the registration process on this page under the heading Registration without a Finnish personal identity code or online banking ID at the University’s Admissions Services.

Please note

  • If you enter erroneous information when enrolling, we cannot register your credits.
  • The course credits will be registered within 4 to 6 weeks of enrollment.
  • Credits for July course completions will be registered in August.

Practical instructions for studying
Ar­range­ments for stu­dents in need of spe­cial sup­port

Open University reserves the right to make changes to the study programme.


Optional course in the Bachelor Programme of Computer Science

  • suitable for all students in any study programme
  • the target audience is especially students with little or no computer science studies

If you are completing DEFA (Digital Education For All) studies, Elements of AI is one of the courses that can be completed for application purposes; please see information in Finnish.

No formal prerequisites beyond high-school mathematics (basic arithmetics with fractions)

The course material is available at https://course.elementsofai.com/

Taking this course does not give students access to a University of Helsinki user account. If you want to view and share information about your studies after completing the course, sign up for the Oma Opintopolku -service maintained by the Finnish National Agency for Education. The ECTS will be displayed within two days in the Oma Opintopolku -service after credits have been registered to the University of Helsinki. To register for the Oma Opintopolku – service you must identify yourself by using Finnish bank identification codes, mobile certificate or certificate card.

Questions regarding the course:

The course is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) course available for everyone free of charge. You can start the course flexibly and complete it at your convenience. You can study the course independently in the online learning environment of the course at https://www.elementsofai.com/

Teemu Roos. The Elements of AI course is created by Reaktor and the University of Helsinki.