Pilots

Shaping the future of learning

Student using a VR headset to experience an architectural model.

Pilots are our way of shaping the online educational culture at Aalto University. They give Aalto People the possibility to create and reform tools, learning methods and even entire courses with a focus on online/blended learning. Our over 120 pilots cover topics ranging from gamifying IP rights to language learning MOOCs.

We gather pilots from idea proposals suggested by programme directors, lecturers, professors, staff and students in our semiannual Call for Idea Proposals. The best and most innovative ideas are selected to become pilots in the Aalto Online Learning coaching network. This way, we are building the future of learning at Aalto University as a community effort. Learn more about the Call for Idea Proposals here.

Browse through our list of previous and current pilots below and find out more about what our community is working on.

  • Blended learning
  • Virtual Reality
  • School of Engineering
  • 2019
  • 2021
Pilot featured image
SIMMA
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Science
  • 2019
Concept picture of the pilot
Access to experience – utilizing professional projects in courses
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Engineering
  • 2019
  • 2020
R-CAD pilot picture
R-CAx
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2019
Decorative pilot image.
Reading project in Arts
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2019
Black and white geometric shapes displayed on a light blue background.
Rhetoric and Critical Thinking Skills
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Other
  • School of Science
  • 2019
  • 2020
Digital Entrepreneurship Toolbox
Digital Entrepreneurship Toolbox
  • Blended learning
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2019
Black and white geometric shapes on a bright turquoise background.
Advanced Learning of Computer-Aided Weaving
  • Virtual Reality
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2019
  • 2020
Black VR goggles on light background.
Auto-Auto-Biographic VR
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2019
Students taking an exam in an auditorium.
Deploying online exams in mass courses
  • Blended learning
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2019
  • 2020
Black and white geometric shapes on a bright turquoise background.
Documentation and Archiving in Studio-Based Teaching
  • Blended learning
  • Language Centre
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • School of Business
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Science
  • 2019
  • 2020
Tiny male vax doll standing on a rock.
Online German Modules for specific purposes
  • Blended learning
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • Language Centre
  • 2019
  • 2020
A man typing something with a Mac laptop.
Kirjoitusviestinnän digimateriaalit / Academic writing digimaterials
  • Blended learning
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • School of Business
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Science
  • 2019
  • 2020
Aalto Climate.Now course development with educational games
Aalto Climate.Now course development with educational games
  • Blended learning
  • Language Centre
  • 2019
A screenshot of the course's introductory page.
English Thesis Writing for the Arts
  • Blended learning
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Online Social Interaction
  • Language Centre
  • 2019
Recorded PBL scenarios: critical incidents in the workplace
Recorded PBL scenarios: critical incidents in the workplace
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2019
  • 2020
LCA-1009 Talking Art, Design and Architecture
LCA-1009 Talking Art, Design and Architecture
  • Blended learning
  • School of Science
  • 2019
Design thinking for Startups
Design thinking for Startups
  • Virtual Reality
  • School of Engineering
  • 2019
Collection of different kind of rocks showcased in glass cabinet.
EDUROCK – Educational Virtual Rock Collection
  • Blended learning
  • Online Social Interaction
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • 2019
  • 2020
Master’s Thesis Assistant for Bio2
Master's Thesis Assistant for Bio2
  • Blended learning
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Other
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2019
  • 2020
Three different vertical wood panel artworks.
Design with Movements
  • Online Social Interaction
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • Language Centre
  • 2019
Further Development of Online English Oral Skills Activities
Further Development of Online English Oral Skills Activities
  • Blended learning
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • 2019
  • 2020
Principles of chemistry as a MOOC
Principles of chemistry as a MOOC
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Business
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Taloustieteen perusteet – MOOC
Taloustieteen perusteet – MOOC
  • Blended learning
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2019
  • 2020
Spanish eGrammar – Keep Calm and Use the Subjunctive
Spanish eGrammar - Keep Calm and Use the Subjunctive
  • Virtual Reality
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Science
  • 2019
Smart Mobility Education Hub
Smart Mobility Education Hub
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • 2019
  • 2020
Visual thermodynamics
Visual thermodynamics
  • Blended learning
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Science
  • 2019
Innovating in Aalto
Innovating in Aalto
  • Blended learning
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Other
  • School of Science
  • 2019
Hands-on Scientific Computing
Hands-on Scientific Computing
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Science
  • 2019
VRC + Archives pilot picture saying visual and archive resources for research and learning.
From VRC + Archives with love
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Business
  • 2019
Orange and yellow colored sunset photographed from the beach
"Put Your Head on a Blockchain"
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2019
  • 2020
Academic Communication for MSc students (LC-1310)
Academic Communication for MSc students (LC-1310)
  • Blended learning
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2018
  • 2019
Redesigning Design Research course using blended learning
Redesigning Design Research course using blended learning
  • Blended learning
  • School of Business
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
Mik!Ble
Mik!Ble
  • Blended learning
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • 2019
BioA!apinen
BioA!apinen
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • School of Science
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
Gamifying Learning of Visual Communication Skills
Gamifying Learning of Visual Communication Skills
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Business
  • 2018
  • 2019
Telco AI platform showcased on a smart phone platform.
Supplementary video material to a teaching case on Telco AI
  • Blended learning
  • School of Business
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
MyCourses tools for e-learning
MyCourses tools for e-learning
  • Blended learning
  • School of Business
  • 2018
  • 2019
Entrepreneurship and innovation management.
MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
  • Blended learning
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Other
  • School of Business
  • 2019
Aalto Basic statistics online course development
Aalto Basic statistics online course development
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Engineering
  • 2018
  • 2019
NOpea RiPeä PAlaute (NORPPA)
NOpea RiPeä PAlaute (NORPPA)
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2018
Campus Talks Finnish
Campus Talks Finnish
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2019
  • 2020
Opi asiantuntijan tekstitaitoja
Opi asiantuntijan tekstitaitoja
  • Blended learning
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • Language Centre
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • School of Business
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Science
  • 2019
Soft Svenska
Soft Svenska
  • Blended learning
  • Language Centre
  • 2018
  • 2019
Työelämän portugalia verkossa
Työelämän portugalia verkossa
  • Blended learning
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2018
  • 2019
Metal casting.
Burning Imaginations
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Engineering
  • 2018
  • 2019
A screenshot of the CAD-program in use.
Rakentamisen tietokoneavusteinen suunnittelu
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • Virtual Reality
  • Language Centre
  • 2018
  • 2019
A screenshot of 360 degree picture showcasing a workshop environment.
Learning Swedish in 360° environments
  • Virtual Reality
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • 2019
A screenshot of a 360 degree picture showcasing three chemists working in a chemistry lab.
Laboratory education virtualization (LABOVIR)
  • Virtual Reality
  • Other
  • 2018
Mixed Reality Classroom
Mixed Reality Classroom
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • School of Science
  • 2018
Joint Pilot for Smart Assessment
Joint Pilot for Smart Assessment
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Business
  • 2018
Art and science of valuation: practitioner perspectives.
Art and science of valuation
  • Blended learning
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2018
Digital painting and vector illustration online course
Digital painting and vector illustration online course
  • Blended learning
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • Language Centre
  • Other
  • 2018
Pilot leader Rinna Toikka presenting four pilot concepts: ' esiintyjä, yleisö, sisältö, kontekstit'.
Speech communication digi materials
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2018
Online exam support and analytics in TIM environment
Online exam support and analytics in TIM environment
  • Blended learning
  • Other
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2018
  • 2019
Student representative 2.0 by AYY: Learning to lead a change
Student representative 2.0 by AYY: Learning to lead a change
  • Online Social Interaction
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2018
Transdisciplinary Environmental Sustainability
Transdisciplinary Environmental Sustainability
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • 2018
Digitalisation of CHEM-C2230 Surface Chemistry
Digitalisation of CHEM-C2230 Surface Chemistry
  • Blended learning
  • School of Business
  • 2018
  • 2019
Identifying and visualising inequality practices in working life
Identifying and visualising inequality practices in working life
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Science
  • 2018
Reach-Out Project Videos
Reach-Out Project Videos
  • Blended learning
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • Language Centre
  • Other
  • 2018
  • 2019
ELEC -Master’s thesis language support
ELEC -Master's thesis language support
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Business
  • 2018
  • 2019
Bachelor’s Thesis Seminar Online
Bachelor's Thesis Seminar Online
  • Blended learning
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2018
Academic Skills in Master’s Studies
Academic Skills in Master's Studies
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Business
  • 2018
  • 2019
Consumer Psychology Online
Consumer Psychology Online
  • Blended learning
  • Language Centre
  • 2018
Suomi +
Suomi +
  • Blended learning
  • Virtual Reality
  • School of Business
  • 2018
IDBM Blended Minor
IDBM Blended Minor
  • Virtual Reality
  • School of Engineering
  • 2017
  • 2018
MIEDU
MIEDU
  • Blended learning
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • 2018
  • 2019
Showcasing e-LA pilot's idea of having an assistant teacher in online environment.
e-LA (electronic Laboratory Assistant)
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2018
Lightweight XML exercise checker application – XChecker
Lightweight XML exercise checker application - XChecker
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Business
  • 2018
Digital Communication and Media
Digital Communication and Media
  • Blended learning
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2018
Intelligent Computational Media
Intelligent Computational Media
  • Blended learning
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2018
Testing Textiles
Testing Textiles
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Business
  • 2018
Gamifying and digitalising an introductory course on corporate responsibility and ethics
Gamifying and digitalising an introductory course on corporate responsibility and ethics
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Business
  • 2017
  • 2018
Statistics continuation course at BIZ
Statistics continuation course at BIZ
  • Virtual Reality
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • 2018
Virtual laboratory safety course at Aalto (VisA?)
Virtual laboratory safety course at Aalto (VisA?)
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Language Centre
  • 2017
  • 2018
Flipped Learning German
Flipped Learning German
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • Virtual Reality
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2018
  • 2019
Rapid transitioning to CO2 free power system in Finland
Rapid transitioning to CO2 free power system in Finland
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • Language Centre
  • 2017
  • 2018
Say it in Finnish
Say it in Finnish
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2018
Johdatus muotoiluun ei-muotoilijoille
Johdatus muotoiluun ei-muotoilijoille
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2018
AR for Space Science teaching and outreach
AR for Space Science teaching and outreach
  • Virtual Reality
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • School of Science
  • 2017
  • 2018
A screenshot of VR-CHEM prototype video demonstration.
3D-CHEM
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Other
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
Dynamic course and programme level feedback system
Dynamic course and programme level feedback system
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Science
  • 2017
  • 2018
CloudScape: Scalable and Personalized Teaching in Cloud Computing
CloudScape: Scalable and Personalized Teaching in Cloud Computing
  • Online Social Interaction
  • School of Business
  • 2017
  • 2018
Bridging cognition with communication
Bridging cognition with communication
  • Blended learning
  • School of Engineering
  • 2016
  • 2017
ABE-share pilot leader presenting the pilot topic in front of a screen.
ABEshare
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2017
  • 2018
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Online Preparatory English
  • Online Social Interaction
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2017
  • 2018
Muotoilija ammatissa
Muotoilija ammatissa
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2017
3D model of two rings.
Rhinoceros 3D for Designers
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2017
  • 2018
Augmented Reality for Interactive Storytelling (ARIS)
Augmented Reality for Interactive Storytelling (ARIS)
  • Blended learning
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2017
Landscape Architecture Summer Academy
Landscape Architecture Summer Academy
  • Blended learning
  • Virtual Reality
  • Other
  • 2016
Learning Centre for Blended Learning
Learning Centre for Blended Learning
  • Blended learning
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Science
  • 2017
A close-up of leopard printed fabric.
Magnificent Life
  • Blended learning
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2016
MULTI-model simulation platform.
MULTI cloud service
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • 2016
  • 2017
Online Course on Basics in Polymer Technology
Online Course on Basics in Polymer Technology
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Science
  • 2017
Screenshot of How to Destroy a Startup – IP Game
How to Destroy a Startup - IP Game
  • Blended learning
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2016
  • 2017
Online learning diary
Online learning diary
  • Blended learning
  • School of Engineering
  • 2016
A woman sitting on a green rug cross legged and typing with Mac laptop.
Online Mechanics
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • 2017
  • 2018
Online textbook on electrochemistry
Online textbook on electrochemistry
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Science
  • 2016
Pilot on programming courses
Pilot on programming courses
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2017
  • 2018
Signals and systems course page showcased on TIM platform.
Signals and systems
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2016
Träna svenska
Träna svenska
  • Virtual Reality
  • School of Science
  • 2016
  • 2017
Virtual World MooC
Virtual World MooC
  • Blended learning
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2017
  • 2018
Web based Aalto ARTS workshop inductions
Web based Aalto ARTS workshop inductions
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • School of Science
  • 2016
  • 2017
Joint Pilot for Programming
Joint Pilot for Programming
  • Blended learning
  • School of Business
  • 2017
IDBM Challenge
IDBM Challenge
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2017
  • 2018
Games Now! Bringing students and game companies together to learn about the latest turns of the games industry.
Games Now!
  • Online Social Interaction
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2016
Fishbowl online at ARTS
Fishbowl online at ARTS
  • Blended learning
  • Virtual Reality
  • School of Engineering
  • 2016
  • 2017
eZyBots
eZyBots
  • Blended learning
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2016
  • 2017
Entrepreneurship in Experience Economy
Entrepreneurship in Experience Economy
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2016
Enhanced Computer Networks course
Enhanced Computer Networks course
  • Blended learning
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2017
  • 2018
Digital Art Online Course / Digitaalinen maalaus ja vektorikuvitus
Digital Art Online Course / Digitaalinen maalaus ja vektorikuvitus
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Engineering
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
CADMOOC
CADMOOC
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Business
  • 2016
Business Analytics Pilot
Business Analytics Pilot
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Science
  • 2016
Blended Mastery Learning in Mathematics
Blended Mastery Learning in Mathematics
  • Blended learning
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • School of Engineering
  • 2016
Biology meets Mechatronics
Biology meets Mechatronics
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Science
  • 2017
Automatic Exam for Matrix Algebra
Automatic Exam for Matrix Algebra
  • Blended learning
  • School of Business
  • 2017
  • 2018
Aalto BIZ Entrepreneurship
Aalto BIZ Entrepreneurship
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2018
eWrite your Research
eWrite your Research
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • Language Centre
  • 2017
A new activity type showcased on the A+ platform.
Interactive Tools for Online Learning
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2016
Smart svenska – digitalt och utanför klassrummet
Smart svenska - digitalt och utanför klassrummet
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2017
  • 2018
Moni Talks!
Moni Talks!
  • Languages and ARIS
  • Language Centre
  • 2016
  • 2017
Four happy students studying with computers on the table.
Introductory Finnish MOOC
  • Online Social Interaction
  • Language Centre
  • 2017
  • 2018
E! Speak It
E! Speak It
  • Online Social Interaction
  • Other
  • 2017
  • 2018
OBPD Online Based Product Development
OBPD Online Based Product Development
  • Online Social Interaction
  • School of Arts Design and Architecture
  • 2017
Video conference for student-driven online learning activities
Video conference for student-driven online learning activities
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Science
  • 2016
  • 2017
Finnish-German On-line Course in Single Variable Calculus
Finnish-German On-line Course in Single Variable Calculus
  • Blended learning
  • School of Engineering
  • 2016
  • 2017
InBookModE (Interactive Book and Model Environment)
InBookModE (Interactive Book and Model Environment)
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Science
  • 2017
  • 2018
Building an International and Improved Programming Course
Building an International and Improved Programming Course
  • Blended learning
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2017
  • 2018
Blended learning in EST core courses, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering.
Blended learning in EST core courses
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2017
Enhanced Online Experience for Networking and Programming courses at ELEC
Enhanced Online Experience for Networking and Programming courses at ELEC
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • 2017
  • 2018
Flipped-Class Online Implementation of MRI Teaching
Flipped-Class Online Implementation of MRI Teaching
  • Online Textbooks and Automatic Assessment
  • School of Science
  • 2017
Joint Pilot for Smart Content and Courseware
Joint Pilot for Smart Content and Courseware
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Science
  • 2017
Professor Parvinen talking.
High-End Quality Video Production - Innovation Sales Course
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • School of Engineering
  • 2016
  • 2017
Sustainability Game Changers
Sustainability Game Changers
  • Video Production and Gamification
  • Other
  • 2017
A! LC-Start
A! LC-Start