Head:
Greta DANILAVIČIENĖ

greta.danilaviciene@ktu.lt


 

 

Partners:

ECIU

Challenge-Based Innovations

Based on flexible learning pathways, the MA+ competence “Challenge-based innovation” not only enables students to respond to sudden or unforeseen needs, adapt to circumstances, and operate in dynamic environments, but also to be proactive in a multicultural international environment and to work in a team. One module included in this MA+ competence is already successfully implemented, when students from KTU and ECIU University network work together. This MA+ competency focuses on solutions to a thematically undefined challenge.

During the first semester, students study a 3-credit challenge-based module, solving a small-scale local challenge. They also choose a 3-credit micro-module from a set of “Optional Micro-modules” from the ECIU and/or KTU list. These micro-modules are recommended by the coordinating lecturer together with the lecturer of the “Optional Micro-modules” set in order to acquire the competences needed for the challenge. In the second semester, students study a 6-credit challenge-based module. In this module, the challenge is of a larger scale. In the third semester, students choose from a list of challenges offered by ECIU. In this semester, a more complex challenge with a global scope is tackled.

Challenged for KTU modules are provided by various national and international companies, in cooperation with KTU National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (NIEC). Additional micro-modules can be collected throughout the competences if the student feels or the teacher suggests that the challenge requires specific knowledge or competences. The number of credits for these micromodules may exceed the number of credits foreseen in the study programme. The list of micro-modules is available on the ECIU University platform: https://engage.eciu.eu/browse > Micro-module.

Study subjects

Development of Challenge-Based Innovation (INNOM001)
Students are introduced to the concept, goals and principles of the challenge-based learning method. Students are trained to solve real-life challenges in a creative and non-traditional way, working in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams. Students are supported to come up with an innovative idea of a challenge solution, to implement it, to test it and present it to a wide audience. A smaller local challenge is tackled.
Optional Micro-modules (MM00M001)
Micro-modules are courses designed to provide students with additional competences and can be selected from the 12 European universities that make up the ECIU University. The list of micro-modules is available on the ECIU University platform: https://engage.eciu.eu/browse > Micro-module. Most of the micro-modules are delivered in English. They vary in scope, typically between 1 and 6 ECTS. The student must register for the micro-modules of his/her choice by the 15th day of the second month of the semester. The total scope of the micro-modules must be at least 3 ECTS. The micro-modules shall be studied according to the terms and methods indicated in their descriptions. The student is obliged to complete all the micro-modules by the end of the semester and to submit the transcripts of records (issued by the universities that delivered the micro-modules) to the Faculty (in the Academic Information System) in order to recognise and include the acquired ECTS in the KTU study plan and to pass this study module. If the student has studied a micro-module at KTU, he/she does not need to submit a transcript of records, as the ECTS are automatically included in the KTU study plan.
Development of Challenge-Based Innovation (INNOM010)
Students are introduced to the concept, objectives, and fundamental principles underlying challenge-based learning methodologies. Students are trained to identify and solve real-world challenges using creative and unconventional approaches while collaborating within an interdisciplinary and intercultural team. Guidance and facilitation are provided to empower students in conceptualizing innovative solutions to the challenges, culminating in the implementation, evaluation, and presentation of their proposed solutions to diverse audiences.
Optional Challenges (INNOM100)
Students are trained to identify and solve real-world challenges using creative and unconventional methods, working in a collaborative interdisciplinary team. Students are provided with guidance and support to conceptualise innovative solutions to challenges, and the process culminates with the implementation, evaluation and presentation of their proposed solutions to a diverse audience. The module addresses a larger scale global challenge presented by ECIU University. The list of challenges is available on the ECIU University platform: https://engage.eciu.eu/browse > Challenge. The challenges are conducted in English. Only the challenge with a volume of 6 ECTS credits is selected.