Calls for IDEATE–2016 workshops in Turku and Vilnius approaching!
This year the two workshops of the IDEATE pilot course will be held in Turku, Finland in February and Vilnius, Lithuania in March, with several crucial improvements based on the last year’s first piloting. In international & interdisciplinary teams, students will again develop innovative solutions to a contemporary challenge (remaining top secret until the start of the course), such as current issues in environment, social equity, health, etc. Working in mixed international and interdisciplinary groups, students will first identify the problem, then generate, iterate and present ideas as well as a final prototype, including the business plan to launch it.
The course will include two face-to-face workshops in Finland and Lithuania, as well as mentored online collaboration. The students’ online work is supported by local mentors as well as coordinated in an online intranet using a toolbox, whereas the live events are lead by a group of mentors and external experts in innovation and in the subject of the challenge. Calls at University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia), Staffordshire University (United Kingdom), University of Turku (Finland) and Vilnius Business Collage (Lithuania) will be published in November and December.
The course scenario sounds quite exciting:
Supported by (4) local mentors, (16) students from four schools (in Finland, Lithuania, Slovenia and UK) first introductory meeting in a structured online activity to autonomously explore the topic through several given tasks, from which they choose two to respond to, thus finding the actual problems opportunities within the topic. At the start students present themselves in an online forum through a brief bio-note and a course-motivation statement, after two weeks of online collaboration and discussions with mentors and peers they post their final task responses. In a couple of days they meet for the first face-to-face workshop and build international and interdisciplinary teams around 4 topics, refined by the mentors from their online responses. During the entire course students keep a learning diary, based on a provided template and a set of instructions.
At the first workshop (Turku, Finland) students develop knowledge on innovation and entrepreneurship through a series of exercises and short presentations. They brainstorm within the team, explore personas and gradually clarify their research plan for the first presentation. The viability of the presented ideas and the research plan, as well as the quality of the presentation itself is commented by mentors, external experts and peers, followed by the first workshop evaluation.
To prepare for the second workshop (Vilnius, Lithuania) in two weeks, students conduct deeper research, validate their personas and problem / opportunity articulations in an online collaboration within the 4 teams. At the second workshop teams gradually develop their business models and prototypes, while upgrading their business-planning and project-development as well as pitching skills. Finally they present their idea as a whole to the mentors&experts committee and to peers in a final pitch, getting structured feedback.
After the mobility, each student draws up an individual coursework portfolio containing a learning diary (60 % of final grade) and a critical reflection on both their own learning experience (20%) and the work of their peers (20%).
By Peter Purg