Innovation pedagogy aims to support the development of students’ study field specific competences as well as innovation competences needed on every field. For example, the future engineer must have engineering skills and knowledge, and additionally be creative, have initiative and critical thinking skills, and be able to work in teams and networks.
The curriculum is a significant tool how learning objectives can be guided and achieved. The learner and the learning process are in the core of the curriculum planning.
Traditional curriculum planning starts from the law and decrees, giving guidelines how to plan teaching and learning. Curriculum planning according to innovation pedagogy aims to change the mindset and starts from the cornerstones of innovation pedagogy in order to make the planning more collaborative, encouraging and exhilarating, naturally following the law and decrees.
The framework for Innopeda® Curriculum planning has been illustrated with the mindmap:
The cornerstones of innovation pedagogy form the paths in the mindmap. There is a short text under each cornerstone, describing how to implement it and giving practical hints for teachers. There are additional paths from each cornerstone, providing more ideas for planning and implementing the theme in question.
The website, including the mindmap, the chat box and the link list to the essential preconditions such as the law and decrees, aims to encourage an open and collaborative approach to curriculum planning. The whole website is produced in cooperation with the university staff and is developed collaboratively.
The Innopeda® Curriculum forms the basis for our learning approach; how we act in order to enable the development of study field specific competences and innovation competences with help of the curriculum and its implementation.
Flexibility and agility are significant features of Innopeda® Curriculum. This means for example that the curriculum can be formulated and developed during the years of study, and when the development needs of the surrounding society are noticed, they can be quickly reacted to. The curriculum also enables the student to take different, alternative learning paths.