EMBEDDING CHANGEMAKER SKILLS AND SOCIAL INNOVATION INTO DESIGN STUDENT LEARNING

Friedemann Schaber, Rebecca Fakoussa, Michael Wright, Carys Redfern, Henrietta Farrugia

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Abstract

Building on entrepreneurship education and the United Kingdom (UK) government review on creativity in business, this paper discusses a case study of a funded project to develop design students' future skills by collaborating on transitioning student projects into start-up venture and commercialisation for the common good. Undergraduate students are shown to gain insights from different faculties and each other’s subject expertise using a variety of set activities throughout the academic year to challenge and support them. The learning for students included scheduled workshops with the possibility of new venture creation based on the new product development (NPD) methodology, student networking and applying their soft skills in a new context. Four workshop tasks (Enterprise, innovation and you, enterprise development, prototyping and venture articulation) were developed for this project and visualised in a route map. The collaboration of product design students with entrepreneurship students has been observed at the commencement stage, during and after the experience to understand their personal development and identify key learnings captured through opinion polls, focus groups and observation. Triangulation resulted through focus group and feedback from wider project team and academics reflecting on learning models in design/engineering versus entrepreneurship/business. This project is timely due to its year-long inter-faculty student experience during a pandemic using and developing ‘changemaker’ competencies and social innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContinuity and Adaptability in Design and Engineering Education: Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2021)
EditorsHilary Grierson, Erik Bohemia, Lyndon Buck
PublisherThe Design Society
Chapter34
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1912254149
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2021
EventThe 23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education - VIA DESIGN, VIA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, HERNING, DENMARK, HERNING, Denmark
Duration: 9 Sep 202110 Sep 2021
https://epde.info/2021/

Publication series

NameDS 110: Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (EPDE 2021)

Conference

ConferenceThe 23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Abbreviated titleEPDE
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityHERNING
Period9/09/2110/09/21
Internet address

Bibliographical note

ISBN: 978-1-912254-14-9

Keywords

  • Changemaker
  • Co-creation
  • Collaboration
  • Social innovation
  • Student researcher

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