Planning your studies

WebOodi is a student and study register used at the University of Helsinki. Data on the studies that you have completed is registered in WebOodi, and most of the faculties use it for registering for courses and examinations. Therefore, it is recommended that you learn to know WebOodi thoroughly so that you can make sure that your courses are registered correctly in the study register and so you do not miss any courses. We will look at the following WebOodi issues in this section:

  • Getting started
  • Searching for courses and examinations
  • Registering for teaching events
  • Cancelling a registration
  • Giving course feedback

Getting started

You can access WebOodi at www.helsinki.fi/weboodi. Log in with your university user account and password. After clicking the Log in button, you will be logged in to WebOodi, provided that your username is active and your information can be found in the student register.

On the front page, you will see, among other things, Oodi news and announcements, the course catalogues you have recently browsed, your Oodi calendar and the latest entries to your study record.

Course catalogues on WebOodi

Information about teaching and degree requirements can be found in WebOodi. You can read course catalogues by clicking the Course catalogues link in the Instruction and courses menu. This lists the units, and by clicking the plus icon next to each, you can display more detailed information related to the study programmes.

Searching for courses and examinations with a search term

You can search WebOodi for courses both with search terms and by organisation.

Enter the search terms you wish to use in the search window. In practice, one of the best search criteria is the course code, that is: the identifier that can be found in your course catalogue. The identifier is a series of numbers or letters, e.g. AY2240102. With the identifier, you will always find exactly the teaching event you are looking for. If you do not know the identifier of the course, you can also search with its name or a part of it. After you have entered the search term you wish to use, click the Search button.

Your search results will soon appear in the view. You will see the exact details of the course (in the image below, it is an examination) by clicking the Go to registration button for that row.

Registration

When you have found the details of the teaching event you are interested in, tick the box at the event you want to register for (see the image below) and click the Save button. Please note that the maximum number of registrations for each course is usually restricted; the number of registered students and the total number of possible registrations is shown between the check box and the name of the event, under No.

After the registration, a screen will open showing you information about the course or examination. Please read it through carefully.

Different courses and examinations have varying practices with regard to whether extra registrations can be accepted for the teaching event or whether students can queue to be accepted for a course or examination. Please check this with the person in charge of the course. His or her name appears among the course information.

Please note that you need to keep an eye on your registrations: if you are not going to attend a course you have registered for, please cancel your registration well in advance so that the system can bring forward students from the queue automatically! If you do not cancel your registration, there may be empty places in the classroom when the course starts, though several students are waiting in the queue. At some of the most popular courses, there may be sanctions in place for students who have not cancelled their registration, since they rob other students of their study opportunities!

Cancelling a registration

If you cannot attend an examination or course that you have registered for or if you chose a wrong course at registration, you can cancel your registration before the registration time for the course ends. You can browse courses and examinations that you have registered for by way of the Registrations link in the side menu in WebOodi.

If you want to cancel a registration, please choose the Delete button at the far right under Functions.

After clicking the button, you will be asked to confirm your cancellation. If your cancellation has been successful, you will receive a confirmation message.

Giving course feedback

You can give feedback on a course through WebOodi. Please choose the My feedback link in the Tools tab to give feedback.

After clicking the link, you will see a list of the courses that you have been registered for or you have registered for yourself. Choose the course that you want to give feedback on and proceed to the feedback form by clicking on Give feedback by dd.mm.yyyy (the link is available if the course teacher has made a feedback form for the course and the feedback period has not run out).

Provide the feedback by clicking on the alternatives with your mouse or choosing the feedback alternatives from drop-down menus. There can also be open-ended questions which you can answer by typing free-form comments. The mandatory questions are marked with an asterisk (*); the feedback system will not accept the feedback until all mandatory questions have been answered. Questions that have not been answered will be shown in red. Read through your feedback carefully and then send it by clicking the Send button.

Please note that you can give feedback only once for each course and you cannot change the feedback you have already sent in. The answers will be stored in the system and compiled into a statistical format. Only administrators reviewing statistics and the course teacher will have access to these statistics without seeing who gave the feedback (open answers will be shown anonymously). However, you can check your own feedback by clicking on the Submitted feedback link.

If you encounter any technical problems, please report them to weboodi-palaute@helsinki.fi.

Personal study plan: digital tools

All university students are required to create a personal study plan (hops). The aim of the plan is to contribute to the progress and completion of studies. Keep in mind that the university’s service offering includes digital tools for creating a personal study plan.

The practices related to creating a personal study plan vary so contact your study programme staff for detailed instructions.

Creating a plan with the new tool

Students beginning their studies in the academic year 2018–19 or afterwards have a new study planning tool available to them called Sisu. You can access the new tool through the My Studies page or directly at sis-helsinki.funidata.fi/.

Instructions for creating a study plan with the new tool can be found in the additional reading material.

Creating a plan with the old tool

Some study programmes also use the WebOodi tool called Oodi’s personal study plan. You can learn more about Oodi’s personal study plan and using the tool in the additional reading material.