• to keep in contact regularly with each employee individually – at least once every 1-2 weeks
Course on “Remote Management in Customs”
Customs has organised training in management and leadership for its newly-appointed managers since
1998. One of the most recent topics in the training since 2017 is remote management. When remote
working started to spread in Customs, the idea of building an e-learning course on this topic came up.
The e-learning course allows any manager to study the topic regardless of their duty station. Customs as an
organisation that is spread all over the country and some managers are working very far from the Customs
School and therefore it can sometimes be difficult for them to participate in classroom training.
The e-learning course was developed on the Customs Moodle platform together with an outside expert who
had been lecturing about remote management on a face-to-face training course. The Moodle platform has
the advantage of being an open-source product, easy to use and relatively cheap. The lecture was split into
short video-clips, in addition to which the topics are discussed together in the discussions forums. The
course consists of five parts: (1) Introductory part where the objectives of the course are introduced, (2)
Lecture about “Changing modes of work – what are the challenges?” (3) Lecture about “How to move to a
new working culture?”, (4) Trainer’s materials and (5) Feedback.
The course consist of videos, powerpoint presentations and discussion areas. The time required for studying
is 2-3 hours. After finishing the course, the participant can at any time access the course if she/he wants to
study the materials later.
One pedagogical expert from the Customs School often runs the courses for trainees by, for example,
leading the discussions. The learning results are often better if an e-learning course is hosted instead of
leaving the trainees to study on their own. The host can plan a proper learning process with fixed timetables,
deadlines for learning objectives and lead the discussions in the discussion groups. The Moodle course was
built with support from the learning technology experts in Customs School.
Learning objectives of the course are:
• to identify the challenges of remote management
• to clarify the roles and operating models of the managers and the employees when remote working
• to get concrete ideas on how to manage well remotely
• to discuss and find solutions, together with the other participants, on how to succeed in remote
management (peer support)
Course on “How to Succeed in Remote Management”
The course can be studied in eOppiva (“eLearner”), which is a digital learning environment for civil servants
working in the national-level administrations. eOppiva consists of numerous e-courses, podcasts and blogs.
The use of eOppiva is free of charge to civil servants. The service is developed and hosted by a team from
the HAUS Institute of Public Management which is a state-owned company.
The course is developed by a private service-provider and it is not specifically tailored to public
management. The course gives general information about different aspects of distant management.
Learning objectives are:
• to understand the requirements and challenges of remote management
• to support efficient team work remotely
• to develop one’s own skills in remote management
What results: what were the benefits of the solution, how does it work in practice, lessons learnt
E-learning courses and materials on the intranet make it possible for all managers to access the information
when it is most convenient for them. They do not need to wait for classroom training when they want to
develop their competences in remote management. During the pandemic, the use of digital learning has
spread to new user groups and the overall attitude towards new ways of training has become more positive.
The Customs e-learning course on Remote Management has been studied by numerous managers. On the
scale 1-5, the average feedback from the participants has been 4 (second best).