Creating a home for experiential learning - a case study of an interdisciplinary product development course

Tiina Tuulos*, Senni Kirjavainen

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This paper presents an action research-based study on how a new learning environment was co-created with its users to support an interdisciplinary product development course, and how the new space supported the experiential learning method used in the course. The data consists of field notes collected during a three-month intensive development phase and of nine semi-structured open interviews. The results reveal that the new learning environment became a home base for the students, and illustrate how informal events organized in the space increased the feeling of togetherness and decreased barriers for communication. The new learning environment became a comfortable place where the students were able to combine work and fun, interact with other students, learn from others and relax.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPROCEEDINGS OF NORDDESIGN 2016, PT 2
EditorsCasper Boks, Johannes Sigurjonsson, Martin Steinert, Carlijn Vis, Andreas Wulvik
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventNordDesign Conference - NTNU, Espoo, Finland
Duration: 27 Aug 201429 Aug 2014
Conference number: 10

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ConferenceNordDesign Conference
Abbreviated titleNorddesign
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  • learning environment
  • experiential learning
  • co-creation
  • physical space


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