CORE project: 360° virtual learning environments as part of teaching

Virtual learning environments

Photo 1. The first online lesson is about to begin

Virtual learning environments represent a whole new form of educational technology. They provide a complex set of opportunities and challenges for educational institutions around the world. For the purposes of this report, we define a virtual learning environment as an interactive training program with integrated communication capabilities.

ThingLink is an educational technology innovation from Finland that allows users to easily add more information and links to pictures and videos. Over 4 million teachers and students use ThingLink to create visual learning experiences, presentations and materials. (

ThingLink 360°

Virtual learning environments are based on a real-world 360-degree panorama that students can move, rotate, and stop on the screen of their smartphone, mobile device, or computer.

Photo 2. ThingLink 360° photo of Personal Branding and Marketing module


Personal branding and marketing

One of the benefits of virtual environments is that the student can come back to the material as many times as needed.

Photo 3. Omnia’s students during the first online session

Omnia was responsible for leading the first online module studies. In this module, students started to build their own professional portfolios.

Photo 4.  Oona Haapakorpi, a senior lecturer of Food Production in Omnia, gave the first online lesson

On 15th of January we started the first of five CORE project’s online teaching sessions. The theme of the session was “Personal Branding and Marketing".

Photo 5. 360° photo of the lessons

Second (Local Food, creating menus) online teaching module it’s about to begin.

Photo 6. Module 2. Local Food, creating menus

Text & photos: Oona Haapakorpi, Omnia