The fourth workshop in Tallinn served the implementation and testing of the innovative learning approach , which was developed during the first three workshops of the project . Teachers and learners of all partner organisations took part in this workshop
These pictures give you a brief insight into the process . Starting from first ideas and prototypes ( top left ) the graphics, sounds, code and the game concept were developed (top right) . The final step was to design a business plan ( below left). After completing the intensive process all were exhausted but satisfied (bottom right) .
For the third workshop (15th – 17th of October 2014) the partners met in Timisoara in Romania. Here, the partners got intensive insights into entrepreneurship education in Romania – e.g. by visiting a fair of different student companies and by attending entrepreneurship education lessons for young and older students.
During the workshop the partners tested an approach for entrepreneurship education which is based on the Design Thinking Process. This process is a design and development process which focuses on a human-centered approach (e.g. by deeply analyzing people’s situations in order to be able to develop solutions that really fit people’s needs). Therefore, the process puts emphasis on using the various perspectives from the different team members. Having collected a bunch of ideas, certain ideas are concretized and different prototypes are built. Team members pass through the phases of the Design Thinking Process in iterative loops in order to constantly improve and verify the ideas.
In certain phases of the workshop the partners took over the roles of employees of a game design company which develops a smartphone app for tourists who want to discover Timisoara. The employees were part of the sound design, game development, graphic design and task design department. The employees used the Design Thinking Process for developing the smartphone app. During the workshop, a prototype and a first version of the app were developed. The partners constantly reflected on how to transfer this approach to students.
The workshop was held in a very good atmosphere. The partners experienced an incredible hospitality and were welcomed warmly by the Romanian hosts. The partners used the workshop to discuss different entrepreneurship education processes and to increase and deepen the contacts to the other partners.
The second workshop in Iceland (from June 25-27, 2014) was marked by a comparative and scheduling perspective. First, we focused on portraying the profiles of different entrepreneurship approaches as well as on presenting a comparison of entrepreneurship approaches in the partners’ countries. Based on this comparison, we could further develop our mutual understanding of entrepreneurship education. A criteria-based grid was developed in order to be able to recognise dominant patterns as well as to make particularities visible. The following criteria were used: the respective understanding of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education, the strategic orientation and the degree of institutionalisation of entrepreneurship education, curricular structure, deployed resources, the educational approach, types of evaluation, and expected developments and challenges.
The second part of the workshop was using this basic understanding to develop another conceptual approach. Aiming at the facilitation of an entrepreneurial mind-set, we discussed the challenges that may arise during the process of development and promotion of attitudes towards entrepreneurship.
In order to develop our educational approach within the Deserve project, we discussed the potentials and limits of game-based learning, experience-based learning and design-based learning, as well as a proposal connecting those principles. The workshop ended with an outline of the next workshop in Romania, in which the educational approach will be exemplarily tested with the project partners before conducting final tests with students of the partners’ countries in Estonia.
Thanks to the excellent organisation and the very supportive teacher team from Reykjavik, we were able to discuss and to work really productively. The support of the workshop and the cultural and culinary insights into Icelandic characteristics were impressive and will surely be kept in good memory by all project partners.