The course takes place in period

  • 1 (2019-08-01 to 2019-10-27)
  • 2 (2019-10-28 to 2019-12-31)
  • 3 (2020-01-01 to 2020-03-22)
  • 4 (2020-03-23 to 2020-07-31)


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Total number of ECTS

8 cr

Competency aims

By the end of the course the student will be able to: Develop knowledge of the fundamental concepts within problem validation, value proposition, lean development process, design thinking and demo creation. By actively reflecting during the course the student finds possibilities to utilize her/his know how in real challenges and to utilize multiple development approaches, to put the knowledge the student acquires in school into practice. Develop their working skills as well in multidisciplinary and international teams as industry collaboration.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course you are expected to be able... 1) to develop your skills in problem validation and in developing meaningful value propositions 2) to learn teamwork and team building skills in a multidisciplinary and international teams 3) to understand the characteristics of lean development processes 4) to learn how to utilize design thinking 5) to learn to build concrete demos for validation 6) to learn industry collaboration when working with partner organisations domain experts

Course contents

The world has changed, and it will affect the lives of everyone we know. Everything is moving online, and the demand for online content has risen to new levels. It is more vital now than ever that we don?t let people isolate themselves from society. We want to offer students a possibility to work together within the global community and contribute to meaningful foresight challenges and progress their studies on the way. Demola has designed a set of bold and complex challenges and is now looking for talented visionaries with a desire to change the world, the ability to challenge the status quo and courage to take responsibility for the execution of a design project. Two hundred (200) globally best co-creators will be selected for this 6- week program, where you have an opportunity to work in a project with the brightest minds all over the world. Please, PUT EFFORT IN YOUR APPLICATION! More info in Additional Information of the course. Accepted students will work in 5-member interdisciplinary teams and go through a 6-week process, which is a combination of Strategic Foresight and Design Thinking methodologies. Demola Foresight Experts facilitate the process. Student teams will have ownership of intellectual property created during the projects.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Please note that you need to SEPARATELY apply and GET ACCEPTED by Demola in order to be able to participate in this course. Application portal: Interest in problem based learning with the help of work-life oriented studies in multidisciplinary and international teams

Additional information

This course is totally online. Please note that you need to SEPARATELY apply and GET ACCEPTED by Demola in order to be able to participate in this course. Application portal: Participants will be granted 8 ECTS credit points through Finnish Higher Education System* and a certificate from Demola Global. Students participating in this course will get Pass/Fail grades. When writing your motivational letter please choose some projects that interest you and find arguments why Demola should choose you to those projects, try to focus e.g. on these topics: MOTIVATION: what is your own motivation to the different projects that Demola offeres, choose the most motivating one?s and argument for your motivation to be a part of the team SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE: what can you bring to the project, both professional and outside studying. How could your skills be utilized in the project. TEAM WORK: your strengths in working with multiprofessional and international teams

Recommended or required reading

Will be given by Demola

Study activities

Internet-based studies - 150 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 150 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 150 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the following examinations: - Participation in group work, workshops and pitching events hosted by Demola - Reflection meetings and reflection diary (to be uploaded to Itslearning) - Project report


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Group size

No limit (2 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

Until date 2018-03-15

The timetable of the course

Timeline for the projects: Application period: from 2nd April to 15th April Project timeline: from 23rd April to 8th June  

Course enrolment period

2019-03-18 to 2020-07-31

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions
  • Date will be announced later - Other assignments

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