Innovation Challenges | European edition

Credits: | Identifier: | Campus: Online | Period: 02.11.2020

Innovation Challenges is all about solving problems in real life projects in multidisciplinary teams. You will learn to develop a concept and to use team learning to solve complicated problems. You will also develop valuable working life skills like performing, networking and successful team working. The course is built like an innovation process in practice and includes also materials and performing the outcome. The challenge can be the sustainable development of an industry or the market situation modified by COVID-19, for example.

This execution is an European edition: the course is open for students in ECIU-universities. And of course also for students of Tampere University and TAMK – as always!

Learning outcomes 

During the course, students will resolve real-world challenges relating to the working world or the broader society and develop new creative solutions in multidisciplinary teams. The teams will also work together with the organisation that provided the challenge (internal or external partner). The challenges will be resolved by applying team learning methods. 

Upon completion of the course, you will: 

  • understand the design thinking principles in the context of an innovation project; 
  • be able to test ideas with different target groups;
  • be able to consider the customer perspective when resolving challenges;
  • be able to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team;
  • be able to challenge your own thinking and trust your team; 
  • receive feedback about your strengths, competencies and expertise;
  • be able to pitch your solution in English.
Course contents 

The term innovation challenge refers to a practical project that enable you to develop your expertise and creativity, set goals and achieve them together with your team. You will gain first-hand experience of innovation projects and apply your acquired knowledge in practice.  

Assessment criteria 

To pass the course, you must demonstrate your understanding of the innovation challenge provided by a customer and team up with your fellow students to address the challenge. You will be expected to generate potential solutions, plan the testing of ideas, and develop ideas into functional solutions.   You and your team must propose diverse solutions to the customer.   

A student will receive a failing grade if he or she is not able to independently describe the importance and purpose of the course learning outcomes for his or her learning and that of the team. A student will fail the course if he or she does not contribute to the activities set out in the team’s project plan and to resolving the provided challenge.   

ECIU University

Learners, researchers, business, public organizations and citizens are enabled to create relevant innovative solutions for real life challenges with real societal impact.

The ECIU University is an initiative of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU alliance) that creates a ground-breaking and innovative educational model on a European scale. Through the initiative, ECIU alliance builds the ECIU University with open and flexible system, an entire new concept of the European University for the future.


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