two-way learning platform

Our two-way learning platform relies on a Collaborative Innovation Model where a scalable and safe space is created so fresh thinking can happen. This innovative approach to work integrated learning brings teams from around the world to co-create solutions to local problems set by industry partners that are also seen as global challenges.

The challenges represent a ‘known unknown’, a known problem outside of business-as-usual that has potential to be either disruptive or transformative.

The programme is an opportunity for individuals to work on problems by conducting research, collecting insights to re-define problems, ideate solutions and potentially take it all the way from minimal viable products right through to a proof-of-concept. The pathway is structured so key communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills are exercised and reviewed as they learn to become true global citizens.

The model mimics a real world trans disciplinary work places where participants utilise numerous digital platforms and connect and collaborate with other team members outside of their own environments.


phase 1: Collaboration

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ORIENTATION

Individuals to familiarise themselves with the digital collaboration tools, watch introduction videos, introduce themselves and meet other participants.

expert INSPIRATION

Engage with some of the most innovative minds from academia and industry discussing their perspectives on the challenges through interactive livesteam videos.

TEAM BUILDING

Begin to explore the perspectives of the group based on their cultural lens. What knowledge and insight about the challenge already exists within the participants?

 

phase 2: HUMAN CENTRED DESIGN

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Empathise

Teams gather insight through empathy, conducting interviews, desk and observational research to get to the core of the problem to be solved.

DEFINE

During this stage teams synthesise their key insights and reframe the problem as an actionable ‘How might we…’ statement. This definition of the problem is presented back to the industry stakeholder.

IDEATE

It’s now time to think big what are some novel ways to solve the defined problem. What methods, processes and technologies are available. A range of ideas can be floated and tested with industry & academic mentors.

 

prototype and refine

Get operational and use systems thinking to refine how the big idea will be executed. Create a paper-prototype or proof of concept for testing on your audience.

Does your idea stack up? How can it be improved?

 

After the ideate stage, participants have the opportunity to switch teams to work on an idea that excites them the most. This entails pitching themselves and what skills they can bring to a new team.


phase 2: presentations and awards

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CONCEPT PRESENTATION

Create a presentation that articulates the value of the concept for industry. Outline the next steps required to see the concept executed as a commercial product.

GET CREDIT

Throughout the programme your ability to collaborate, communicate, create and critically think is peer-reviewed. Facilitators and industry stakeholders identify star teams and individuals.


the outcome

Our aim is to establish a two-way learning environment. Participants get the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience tackling an important real world problem. The outcomes of the process are often unexpected, as a result can reframe preconceived ideas and perceptions of industry. The Collaborative Innovation Model is about finding key insights that have innovative potential.