From March-May 2020, the LISTO consortium ran for the second time the International Virtual Classroom Entrepreneurial Solutions in Innovative Global Networks. The course was lead by a group of 20 teachers. Almost 100 students from the 10 LISTO universities graduated from it.
The LISTO IVC aims at developing and strengthening students’ innovation and entrepreneurial skills within the framework of an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary virtual teaching and learning environment, with a focus on global entrepreneurial ventures and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The course consists of 30 hours; 14 synchronous and 16 a-synchronous working hours. This includes local/presential sessions incl. video conference and virtual exchange group work outside the presential sessions (More information)
Since most partner universities closed teaching activities due to the COVID19 pandemic, the 2020 edition of the LISTO IVC had to be modified into a completely virtual activity. Instead of getting together for local classes at each university, all students and teachers joined the session from home via video conference. This required making some modifications to the teaching plan and course logistics but worked out very well. Only a few students had to drop out because of the extraordinary circumstances.
After receiving some training in the Design Thinking and LEAN Canvas method as well as the concept of Wicked Problems, students worked in international teams on case studies related to specific sustainability problems and developed possible solutions. The teams used a number of digital tools, among them ZOOM, Whatsapp and Mural.
On May 6, the students pitched their ideas and solutions during a virtual conference. In total, there were 15 projects addressing a variety of topic, ranging from water, law, education, energy, materials, food to packaging.
The participants voted for 3 winners each in the categories of best idea and best pitch. Below the logos of the 6 winning projects.
We would like to congratulate all teachers and students for the excellent teaching and learning collaboration!
The LISTO consortium is planning to offer the IVC again in 2021. In addition, we are putting the finishing touch on a publication with practical insights. The “Entrepreneurial Virtual Classroom Handbook. An interdisciplinary approach from a European and Latin American collaboration” will be published in September 2020.
For more impressions of the IVC, see the picture gallery.
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