A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants. MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education which was first introduced in 2006 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012.
All Finnish universities organize Open University courses. Open Universities are part of the Finnish adult education system. Open Universities offer every adult an opportunity to participate in education that follows the universities' curricula.