New Learning Environments


The focus
The focus in the school is shifting from teaching driven to learning oriented. In industrial age productivity has been the most important asset, now we need to focus on creativity and innovation capabilities. Innovative learning environments developed together with teachers, students and other users. Cost-effective, sustainable and flexible solutions to support learning and joy. Can we see school as service oriented solution rather than a building? How can the physical, virtual and flexible environment best support learning? Can we increase well-being in schools by finding new teaching and learning methods, learning environments and holistically developing school to support learning?

The goal
Totally new solution how to organize education. The goal is to have flexible and cost-effective school service and to find a solution that can be scaled up to other locations and to other services. To test how learning environment can support the learning of digital natives and to add joy of learning. To teach according to the new concept of learning where learning is in the focus and to try out flipped-classroom method. Flipped classroom is an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning that reverses the traditional educational arrangement by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom. It moves activities, including those that may have traditionally been considered homework, into the classroom. Learning concentrates on using higher level of thinking skills.

The process
1 Asset mapping, identification and evaluation of local resources. 2 System analyses: definition of local social, virtual and physical systems. 3 Scenario development of storyboard and service blueprint based on scenarios. 4 Customer value analyses: stakeholder mapping. 5 Service design: service blueprint development and planning. 6 Design task: physical systems based on Service Blueprint. 7 Design task: social systems based on Service Blueprint. 8 Design task: virtual systems based on Service Blueprint. 9 SaaS Concept design: development of the main concept. 10 Interventions and roadmap

Professor Lou Yongqi ∣ Professor Jarmo Suominen

Supporting teachers
Dr. Kristiina Erkkilä (visiting lecturer) ∣ Dr. Antti Ahlava (via teambition) ∣ Dr. Fernando Nieto (via teambition)

Tongji University, College of Design & Innovation (organizer) ∣ City of Shanghai

Supporting partners
Group X, Department of Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki ∣ Royal College of Arts, London, Service Design ∣ Human Cities, EU program ∣ City of Espoo