Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The Centre fosters research on learning and teaching in higher education and improves university teachers’ skills and understanding of the factors of successful studying and high quality teaching.

The Centre’s main tasks are to carry out and support research in the field of University Pedagogy and to coordinate and organize pedagogical courses for academic personnel within all disciplines at the University of Helsinki.

University pedagogy is a multidisciplinary field that investigates pedagogical activity such as learning, studying, teaching, and assessment in the higher education context. It primarily utilizes psychological, pedagogical, and social psychological knowledge, but it also integrates knowledge from other behavioural and social sciences.

The Centre cooperates closely with pedagogical experts across the universities nationally and internationally.

The Centre also supports field-specific development efforts in all campuses and plays a strategic role in institution-wide changes at the university.

Our multidisciplinary research focuses on learning, teaching, learning environments, and practices in Higher Education.

Current research projects include:

• The quality of teaching and learning in higher education
• The interaction between teaching and learning in higher education
• Assessment of student learning outcomes
• University teaching and the development of pedagogical expertise
• Academic supervision
• Academic leadership


International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Projects 2004 2025

Publications 1990 2019

Breikkaaja Ukko Niemi Porvoosta: Young b-boy Ukko Niemi from POrvoo

Cvetanovic, D., 22 May 2019, Hiphop Suomessa. Puheenvuoroja tutkijoilta ja tekijöiltä. Sykäri, V., Rantakallio, I., Westinen, E. & Cvetanovic, D. (eds.). Keuruu/Helsinki: Nuorisotutkimusseura Nuorisotutkimusverkosto, p. 48-50 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Changes of hands-on-strategies of shared sense-making in large-scale curriculum reform in school districts

Pyhältö, K. M., Soini, T. & Pietarinen, J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Curriculum Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Curriculum coherence as perceived by district-level stakeholders in large-scale national curriculum reform in Finland

Sullanmaa, J. S., Pyhältö, K. M., Pietarinen, J. & Soini, T., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : The Curriculum journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities 1993 2019

Doctoral dissertation on Feedback supporting medical students' learning in the clinical context: students' and teachers' perspective

Eeva Pyörälä (Supervisor)
2 Apr 20192 Apr 2024

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Attitudes towards using digital systems in teaching and studying - national Exam user survey

Liisa Myyry (Speaker)
1 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Pre-examination of doctoral thesis

Liisa Myyry (Pre-examiner)

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Doctoral dissertation on Virtual patients: a digital approach to develop and assess the medical students' clinical competence and reasoning

Eeva Pyörälä (Supervisor)
2 Apr 20192 Apr 2024

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Social Development (Journal)

Liisa Myyry (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts


AMEE Fellowship

Eeva Pyörälä (Recipient), 5 Jun 2018

Prize: Prizes and awards

Best Publication Award

Viivi Virtanen (Recipient), Liisa Postareff (Recipient) & Telle Hailikari (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prizes and awards

Best Publication Award

Liisa Postareff (Recipient) & Sari Lindblom (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prizes and awards

Dlearn.Helsinki - Helsinki Challenge Science Competition Finalist

Auli Toom (Recipient), Katariina Salmela-Aro (Recipient), Minna Lakkala (Recipient), Mari Tervaniemi (Recipient), Veera Kallunki (Recipient), Tomi Männistö (Recipient), Pasi Silander (Recipient), Veli-Matti Harjula (Recipient) & Niko Lindholm (Recipient), 19 Jun 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards