Educational Psychology as an Engine for Change

Educational Psychology as an Engine for Change (EQF 7, 5 ECTS)

The course examines the following topics:

-Learning from the perspective of educational psychology and learning research;

-Deepening studies on memory and expertise as well as the role of motivation and emotion in learning;

-The comprehensive nature and significance of learning and developing educational innovations and change in the society;

-The development and adaptability of the human mind as well as its dependence on social and cultural factors;

-The dynamics of interaction and by reflecting both scientifically and pedagogically and ethically on one’s own actions;

-The one’s own actions and development as a significant part of pedagogical interaction;

-Learning as knowledge creation as well as the building of motivation through the help of engaging and investigative work methods;

-Designing education and learning environments based on educational psychology theories and concepts.

Students who have completed the course will:

-Have advanced knowledge of phenomena and processes related to learning

-Have deep understanding of educational psychology as an important part of educational sciences

-Understand the pragmatic nature of educational psychology and the role of interventions in developing school

-Have deep knowledge of the memory, learning, and expertise from the cognitive and sociocultural perspectives

-Be able to act target-orientedly, ethicallyand constructively in interactive situations

-Be able to apply technology in collaborative knowledge creation and understand how they either promote or challenge learning processes

-Be able to reflect on and develop their own activities based on the knowledge of psychology of learning and development

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in following this programme are to satisfy one of the minimum eligibility criteria:

  1. Applicants interested in following this programme are to be in possession of an MQF Level 6 degree (minimum 180 ECTS), or higher.

Mode of Delivery

This module is delivered through asynchronous self-paced learning over a dedicated period of time. 

Mode of Assessment

Ongoing Assessment and Summative Assignment 

Pass Mark: 50% 


Upon successful completion of these study-unit, course participants will be conferred a certification by the University of Helsinki.

Suggested Readings

Training material will be provided by the lecturer.


Applications for these courses open periodically throughout the year. When open, interested applicants may apply through the Institute for Education’s online portal:​

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