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Online Based Innovation - Online Tools and Teaching to Support Global Collaboration and Distributed Development Projects

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Engineering Physics & Physics Division Technical Session 4

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Engineering Physics & Physics

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Joona Kurikka Aalto University

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Joona Kurikka is a PhD Researcher at Aalto University and Associate at CERN, working at the innovation experiment IdeaSquare. As part of his work at CERN, he is coordinating and teaching student project like Challenge Based Innovation and various smaller innovation workshops, hackathons and other projects. His current research focus is on processes and ICT tools for distributed collaboration and learning.

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This paper is based on work done at IdeaSquare, an innovation experiment at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Challenge Based Innovation -course (CBI) is a 4-6 months long format developed by IdeaSquare and collaborating universities. During the course, graduate students visit CERN for 3-4 weeks, and rest of the project is distributed globally in the premises of the participating universities. This paper focuses on the second iteration of the course, which was done in collaboration with 7 universities, across 8 time zones and with 46 students from engineering, business and product design.

The main research question of this paper is, what elements should be considered when scaling such a project from small and partly co-located “Challenge Based Innovation” to bigger and fully distributed “Online Based Innovation” while maintaining the strong connection with fundamental research at CERN to inspire new solutions for the targeted societal challenges. The research question is approached by analyzing the usage and results of an experimental online collaboration platform put together by the author, and the remote interactions of the participating 46 students during the course in 2014- 2015.

In addition, this paper introduces recommendations for setting up such a global collaboration project and to optimize the learning experience and collaboration aspects for the participating students.

Kurikka, J. (2017, June), Online Based Innovation - Online Tools and Teaching to Support Global Collaboration and Distributed Development Projects Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28720

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