The eLearning Centre of Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences was created in the year 2000 concurrent with the Finnish policy towards the creation of the foremost information and knowledge society in Europe. Although administratively the centre is a support unit of the University of Applied Sciences, it serves all organisations associated with the Kemi-Tornionlaakso Municipal Education and Training Consortium Lappia.
The eLearning Centre’s main tasks have concerned the adoption and administration of online learning environments (presently Moodle and LearnLinc) and both pedagogical and technical instruction and support for students and staff endeavouring to learn and teach in these environments.
The eLearning Centre also initiates and participates in research and development projects in the fields of electronic and distance education such as the Finnish Virtual Polytechnic. One of the fruits of that labour was the creation of the award-winning eDegree concept for distant learners in Lapland and Finland at large.