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Compliance, Standards and Legal Requirements


Welcome to the mini MOOC Compliance, Standards and Legal Requirements for Ed tech Companies

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This mini MOOC is part of the Edtech Entrepreneur Key Competencies course series.

This programme is designed for learners who are taking their first steps towards entrepreneurship in the education world. The content outlines the key competences of an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur needs to motivate people and build partnerships, combine resources to create an effective product and create value both for the customer and the company.

We strongly encourage you to join all six courses! However, if you prefer, you can also just join one or more selected courses and drop in and out at your convenience. Each mini MOOC is self-paced, you can progress at your own speed.

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Learning objectives of mini MOOC 6: Compliance, Standards and Legal Requirements for Ed tech Companies

  • Identify the various stakeholders in the education space related to learning products, with a focus on Ed tech.
  • Recognize the diverse demands and expectations that stakeholders may have in the context of Ed tech, including considerations from privacy and data protection laws, curriculum, learning perspectives and accessibility.
  • Gain understanding of the privacy and data protection laws that impact Ed tech products.
  • Explore the alignment of learning products with educational curricula and different learning perspectives, taking into account the diversity in demands across countries, regions, schools, and school levels.


The main target audience includes start-ups and SMEs in the field of Education Technology


After completing a course, you will receive a digital course certificate and a digital course badge. To receive a course certificate, participants are required to pass the final quiz.  The overall passing grade is 80%

Behind the course series

This course series was drafted by OAMK (Oulu University of Applied Science), with the support of the following EmpowerED partners: Computer Technology Institute and Press (CTI), European Schoolnet (EUN), Wonderful Education (WE). 

The course instructors are: 

Johanna Pihlajamaa, M.A. Ed., works as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Oulu, Finland. With an extensive background in education innovation projects, she brings several years of valuable experience to her role. Additionally, Ms. Pihlajamaa is actively engaged in lecturing within OAMK's Master's in Education Entrepreneurship program, where she also serves as the program coordinator. For further details, please see

Janne Karjalainen, M. Sci. Engineering, works as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Oulu. His expertise is in the field of Design Thinking. He has several years' experience in working in one of the largest ICT companies in Finland. His teaching career has involved developing innovative learning methods for higher education institutions and participating in several international RDI projects. At the moment Mr. Karjalainen teaches e.g. Service Design and Innovation Management within the Master’s of Education Entrepreneurship Degree Programme at OAMK. 

EmpowerED, running from 2023 to 2025, aims to establish a pan-European network and platform for exchanges between European EdTech initiatives, support organisations, practitioners, and policymakers. The project will map the EdTech landscape in Europe to reflect the current state of play in the sector. This will provide insight into trends linked to new schooling models and innovative education solutions. EmpowerED will provide policymakers with a clearer understanding of how they can better support, and work with, start-ups and SMEs in the fast-expanding EdTech ecosystem. The project will help consolidate and amplify the work of current EdTech organisations and will directly provide support to start-ups and SMEs, for example by offering training and capacity-building opportunities. EmpowerED will create a thriving EdTech ecosystem for better learning across the EU.


EmpowerED is a project funded by the European Union under Grant 101100704, coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN). Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the European Commission can be held responsible for them.  

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