- Attendance points (added today!), rehearsal presentation, final presentation, and event organizing points updated to the grades section
- Teacher in charge: Ville Eloranta
- Course Language: English
- Learning platform: Mycourses
- Teaching Period: Period I
- Location: Otaniemi campus + various visit sites. Exact spaces mentioned under section “Schedule”
- To ensure your place in the course, you must be present in the first session (R028 (Väre) room Q201
1. Course overview
IDBM Challenge is the introductory course for the IDBM program. The course brings together students from diverse educational backgrounds. Through theoretical explorations and practical experiments, the students acquire the skills to conceptualize, develop, and introduce ethically and commercially sustainable approaches to complex societal challenges. The course involves intensive reflection, from individual, team, and collective perspectives.
3. Learning Outcomes
After the course, the participants should be able to:
- identify and analyze the dynamics between the individual, the team, and the community, in the context of creative transdisciplinary problem solving
- identify and analyze the reasoning and practice of design-driven ways to solving ill-defined problems
- as a team, collectively apply the problem-solving methods to a real-life societal challenges
- as a team, collectively create a solution to the challenge
- individually and collectively reflect the design outcomes and the learning progress
4. Learnings will be based on
- A pre-assignment (One article to be read, and one optional article - see the top of this page)
- Articles, book chapters and videos. See "readings".
- Workshops in contact sessions (min. 75% mandatory presence due to the teamwork-related learning objectives). Presence in the final event is also mandatory.
- Large project work in transdisciplinary teams (Instructions given on week 1 of the course)
- Smaller individual and team assignments (Instructions given during the course)
5. Schedule (dates and venues are fixed, exact content subject to change)
Monday 9.9. Introduction and challenge brief
10-17 @ R028 (Väre) Q201
- 10-12: Welcome to the course (Ville Eloranta)
- 13-15: How do we work as a team? How do teams work as a collective? (Niina Nurmi)
- 15-17: IDBM Challenge theme (Ville Eloranta)
Wednesday 11.9. Design thinking
9-11 @ R028 (Väre) M202
- 9-11: How to reflect (Ville Eloranta)
12-15 @ Design factory (Otaniemi), Stage
- 12-15: Design thinking workshop (Tua Björklund)
Friday 13.9. Presenting your ideas
13-17 @ R038 (BIZ) U006 (on 0-floor next to the cafe)
- 13-16: On stage with your idea (Paul Savage)
- 16-17: Friday reflection panel (Ville Eloranta)
Monday 16.9. Developing your ideas
13-17 @ Futurice, Helsinki, Kamppi
- 13-17: Developing your ideas further, workshop hosted by Futurice
Wednesday 18.9. Immersion to own creativity (and exiting the powerpoint... :)
13-16 @ R028 (Väre) K301
- 13-16: Hosted by Paula Rusokallio: Art Immersion workshop
Friday 20.9. Recap and reflections
13-16, @ R028 (Väre) M202
- 13-15: Reflection topic workshop (resourcing your thinking) (Salu Ylirisku)
- 15-16: Wrapping up the last two weeks and setting the direction forward (Ville Eloranta)
Monday-Friday 23.9.-27.9. (Independent teamwork)
- Working in teams and collectives with the IDBM challenge
- IDBM Challenge “space” available (in Väre or BIZ), if ad-hoc help mentoring needed (Place TBD)
- Pre-scheduled team mentoring meetings on Wed 25.9. and Thu 26.9 (TBC).
Monday-Friday 30.9.-3.10. (Independent teamwork + Final Event)
- Working in teams: solving the IDBM challenge
- Presentation practices Mon 30.9. (Place TBD)
- Final event 3.10. (Väre)
REST OF THE PERIOD
7.10.-25.10. (Independent teamwork and individual work)
- Group and self-reflection
5. Assessment Methods and Criteria
- Individual reflections
- Event preparation and presentation
- Team reflection
Exact details presented in the first lecture (and published here).
- At least 75% attendance needed
- Event participation needed
- Classroom hours 23h
- Teamwork 57h
- Class preparation 38h
- Individual assignments 17h
Total 135h (5 ECTS)
For Monday 9.9.
Johnson Vickberg, S. M., & Christfort, K. (2017). The new science of team chemistry. Harvard Business Review https://hbr.org/2017/03/the-new-science-of-team-chemistry.
Optional: The first reading of Wednesday 11.9. (Dorst, 2015: 1-11)
For Wed 11.9.
Dorst, K. (2015). Frame innovation: Create new thinking by design. MIT Press. (Pages 1-11) https://mycourses.aalto.fi/pluginfile.php/958163/course/section/137012/dorst2015_p1-11_chapter-challenges.pdfDorst, C. H., Kaldor, L., Klippan, L., & Watson, R. (2016). Designing for the common good. BIS publishers. (selected pages between 139 and 180) https://mycourses.aalto.fi/pluginfile.php/958163/course/section/137012/dorstetal2016_p138-180.pdf
For Mon 16.9. (But I strongly prefer Fri 13.9.)
Dorst, K. (2015). Frame innovation: Create new thinking by design. MIT Press. (pages 80-87, 173-175) https://mycourses.aalto.fi/pluginfile.php/958163/course/section/137012/dorst2015_cases.pdf?time=1567810576277
For Fri 20.9.
Ylirisku, S., Buur, J., & Revsbæk, L. (2016). Resourcing in co-design. In Proceedings of the DRS2016 conference, Design Research Society. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Salu_Ylirisku/publication/305809782_Resourcing_in_Co-Design/links/57a2cec008aeef8f311fc1d1.pdf
Until the end of the course
Micheli, P., Wilner, S. J., Bhatti, S. H., Mura, M., & Beverland, M. B. (2019). Doing design thinking: Conceptual review, synthesis, and research agenda. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 36(2), 124-148.
8. Other materials
IDBM Nordic Rebels videos (recommended!)
1. In this video, Katharina talks to Emilia, who highlights the importance of honoring yourself. She also touches on the Finnish notion of “sisu”, and how you can become the hero of your own life. Starting on an intense journey like this IDBM Challenge, you get deeply focused on the wicked problems you’re tackling. Emilia provides a gentle reminder at the start of this journey that you have to take care of yourself too.
2. In this episode, Katharina and Esa Saarinen talk about teams, courage, compassion and living the good life. It can often be a challenge to take on wicked problems, while working with new people from a variety of backgrounds and in a new environment. So how do you ensure you keep an open mind and work effectively together? Esa provides his perspective on how to navigate this.
3. In this episode, Katharina had a chat with Paul D. Savage about authenticity and meaningful. The talk is all about the agency to choose what kind of meaning we give to events, things, and people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzZsJhTys7g
9. Course Homepage
Mycourses (this page).
10. Grading Scale
11. Registration for the Course & Attendance
via WebOodi. To ensure your place in the course, you must be present in the first session.
The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017) is as follows:
- major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
- exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
- students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
- students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
- students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
- students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
- students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
- students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
- other students.
Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.
This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.
12. Further Information
Dr. Ville Eloranta, email@example.com
Office: Väre, 2nd floor (IDBM). Office Hours: on request.
AND ONCE AGAIN
To ensure your place in the course, you must be present in the first session.