CHanging to the better? Experiences from turning a hands-on innovation course into an online course

S. Grex*, A. P. Nielsen, T. Hede

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Abstract

During the times of Covid-19 and the different degrees of lockdowns, we had to rethink central elements in a hands-on experiential course on innovation and crossdisciplinary teamwork, turning it into a fully online course or blending a few physical campus activities with online elements.

In this concept paper, we report on and reflect on our experiences, experiments, and learnings from transforming a hands-on experiential course on innovation and crossdisciplinary teamwork into a fully online course or blending a few physical campus activities with online elements during the Covid 19 lockdown.

The paper builds on three full course runs from spring 2020, summer 2020, winter 2020, and a fourth run started up in spring 2021.

Our experience, challenges, experiments, learnings, and reflections are organized into six themes; prototypes and prototyping, collaboration within the team, collaboration with external partners and data collection, online team formation, the facilitation process, and the presentation of the solution to the company.

Among others, the results include experiences like this: Without having access to campus and workshops, the students worked with a broader range of prototypes and created more of them during the innovation process. This experience draws more attention to the prototyping process than the prototype itself and highlights the learning potential for more iterations than just one version of the solution. The paper includes similar examples and reflections for all six themes.

We discuss what we can learn from these experiences and which elements are relevant to maintain and develop further in a post-corona setup. The discussion also includes which initiatives are needed to support further development and implementation of these elements both from a course organizing perspective and a learning-enhancing perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEFI 49th Annual Conference Proceedings. Blended Learning in Engineering Education: challenging, enlightening – and lasting?
EditorsHans-Ulrich Heiß, Hannu-Matti Järvinen, Annette Mayer, Alexandra Schulz
Number of pages11
PublisherEuropean Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)
Publication date2021
Pages883-893
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-87352-023-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event49th SEFI Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: challenging, enlightening – and lasting? - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 13 Sep 202116 Sep 2021

Conference

Conference49th SEFI Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: challenging, enlightening – and lasting?
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityBerlin
Period13/09/202116/09/2021

Keywords

  • Online innovation teaching

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