The Internet Forum lecture series addresses the different aspects - threats and opportunities - of something that concerns us all; digitalization. It's been said that everything that can be digitalized, will be. But what does digitalization mean, in practice, to the Finnish society, and safety and security? What do leadership and ethical questions have to do with digitalization? During the lecture series, expert lecturers give their answers to these and many other topical questions.
The lectures are studia generalia lectures, meaning that anyone can come in and listen. For students of Aalto University (and visiting students) the lecture series is also available as a course.
The course consists of a series of seven online lectures (on Tuesdays, 5 pm to 7 pm) plus lecture diaries of all lectures. There will also be an optional exam for extra credits.
All lectures will take place in a Zoom meeting, and they will also be relayed via Panopto. Questions to the lecturers are only possible in Zoom, and Panopto will have a delay of about a half minute. Both Zoom and Panopto links to the lectures, and related content can be found in the menu on the left (click the hamburger button in the top left corner if you can't see the menu).
Passing the course
There are two ways to pass the course: With and without an exam. The course with the exam is worth 5 credits, without the exam it's worth 3 credits. In both cases, you'll have to attend six of the seven lectures and write learning diaries of all seven lectures. Each diary, provided that it's handed in in time and it doesn't need any extra work, is worth two points. (If you submit late but the diary is otherwise good, it's worth one point. If you're in time but the diary needs significant reworking, it's worth one point.) In any case, seven passing diaries are required.
Without the exam
If you choose not to attend the exam, your grade will be determined by the diary points in the following
13 to 14
11 to 12
9 to 10
7 to 8
5 to 6
4 or less
With the exam
If you choose to attend the exam, your grade will be determined by both the diaries and exam questions. The diaries will account for 20% of the grade and the exam for 80% of the grade.
Lectures and diaries
The lecture diaries are to concern the topic
of the lecture and what it will mean in the future in terms of both
society, business and individual. There is a place on each lecture's page in MyCourses
to hand in the diaries; hand in your diaries as PDF files (minimum two
pages). The deadline for all diaries is the start of the next lecture. The diaries will be graded pass/fail.
Attending the lectures live is highly recommended (it's the only way to ask questions and participate); if you cannot attend live, you can also watch the lecture videos (you need to attend to a live lecture at least six times to pass the course). Lecture diaries
will be required from all seven lectures. Some (not all)
guest lecturers let us distribute their slides after the lecture; these
will appear on the corresponding lecture page in due time (not
necessarily before the lecture diary deadline!).
There is no
for the lecture diaries (other than the PDF file format); make them look
nice and write at least two pages of what you learned on the
lecture. Type your diaries on a computer; hand-written texts will be
rejected. Some helpful questions to think about while writing (note that
you don't necessarily need to answer these exact questions; they are to
What was I told during the lecture?
What did I learn during the lecture?
How can I use what I learned during the lecture?
Are there any deeper ramifications for myself, my family and friends, or the whole world?
this reminder is unnecessary, but any time you hand in any writings,
they need to be written by you (ie no copy-paste). The diaries will be checked by Turnitin; you can view your own originality report immediately after submitting and resubmit if needed. Note that the system saves only the most recent upload; if you submit a new report after the deadline, it will count as a late submission.
The exam questions will be based on the lectures and/or the exam material (the three PDFs in the folder below). Note that you need to be logged in with an Aalto account to see the files.
The course exam will be arranged on December 9th, 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm as an online exam. Note that on this course the exam enrolment is not automatic! Contrary to earlier information, exam enrolment is not necessary because of the online exam.
Online exams can be found on their own page (in the menu on the left). Using course materials (lecture slides, lecture videos, exam materials) is allowed in online exams. You will not have the time to peruse all the material during the exam, so preparation is still important. As materials are allowed, the questions will also be a little more thought-provoking.
The responsible teacher for this course is Professor Jarno Limnéll. The course assistants are Juho Kaivosoja and Lauri Mela.