Intensive Multidisciplinary Learning Concept in Higher Education: Case CERN Bootcamp
Ojasalo, Jukka; Kaartti, Virpi (2019)
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This paper describes the development, organisation and implementation of a multidisciplinary learning camp concept for master’s students. The learning camp concept is called CERN Bootcamp. The motivation for developing the concept was twofold: to enhance master’s students’ opportunities for internationalization with an intensive summer school course taking place within a limited time span abroad; and to apply a pedagogic approach, which makes the learning experience effective, inspiring and useful considering the needs of the working life. In the concept, the master’s students participating in the learning camp solve demanding real-life societal problems in multidisciplinary teams in an open innovation environment at CERN Ideasquare Geneva Switzerland. This happens in terms of design thinking philosophy and co-creative service design methods in the guidance of supervisors from the arranging universities and with the support from the CERN community. The findings of this paper cover the practical contribution from the bootcamp concept and their significance.