Elements of AI – Introductory Course


Elements of AI is a free online course offered on Google Digital Garage by The University of Helsinki and MinnaLearn for individuals interested in Artificial Intelligence. The course aims to demystify AI by providing a gentle introduction to the basics, making it accessible to everyone without the need for complicated math or programming knowledge. Participants will gain an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of AI, as well as recognize how AI is impacting our lives.

Subjects Covered:

The course covers a range of topics related to AI and its underlying technologies. Participants will explore the following subjects:

  • Definition and discussion of AI concepts.
  • Critical analysis of AI-related claims.
  • Explanation of underlying technologies, including machine learning and neural networks.
  • Understanding the major implications of AI on society and various industries.

Course Features:

The Elements of AI course offers the following features:

  • Online access: Participants can take the course online from anywhere at their own pace.
  • Duration: The course consists of six modules and requires approximately 30 hours of study.
  • Beginner-friendly: No prior knowledge of advanced math or programming is required to enroll.
  • Community engagement: Participants are encouraged to study with friends, colleagues, or join the Elements of AI community on Spectrum for discussions and support.
  • Interactive exercises: The course includes multiple-choice quizzes, numerical exercises, and questions requiring written answers to reinforce learning.
  • Certification: Upon completion, participants can earn a certificate by successfully completing at least 90% of the exercises and obtaining a minimum of 50% correct answers.

Key Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Define and discuss fundamental AI concepts and terminology.
  • Evaluate AI-related claims critically and understand their implications.
  • Comprehend the underlying technologies driving AI, including machine learning and neural networks.
  • Analyze and interpret the major societal impacts of AI applications.

Target Audience:

This course is ideal for:

  • Anyone curious about AI and its applications.
  • Professionals seeking to understand AI’s relevance to their industry or job role.
  • Students interested in exploring AI without the need for advanced technical knowledge.


The Elements of AI course offers a certificate of completion to participants who meet the requirements, showcasing their understanding of AI fundamentals and successful completion of course exercises.