The role of an external facilitator in developing new co-creation platforms in university education

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Tuulos, Tiina
dc.contributor.author Vainio, Meri fi
dc.contributor.author Taajamaa, Ville fi
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-21T09:01:18Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-21T09:01:18Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Tuulos, Tiina & Vainio, Meri & Taajamaa, Ville. 2016. The role of an external facilitator in developing new co-creation platforms in university education. 44th SEFI Conference, 12-15 September 2016, Tampere, Finland. 9. en
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/23037
dc.description.abstract Today’s university graduates, regardless of their discipline, need thinking and working skills, that help them to face the complex, “wicked” real-life problems and challenges that cannot be solved tackled with purely rational thinking and straightforward problem solving. Education in general needs to be able to continuously change and develop to meet the needs of the global and local society, and industry. The interest of this study is twofold: to investigate the role of an external facilitator in a process of educational change and to examine whether development is easier initiated, sustained and facilitated from within the organization by an embedded actor, or by an external facilitator along with the factors influencing the process. In this paper we are looking at the role of an external facilitator in change process and we draw our insights from two different cases, from China and Austria. The aims in both cases were essentially similar: to create a collaborative learning environment and implement new practices and more student-centric culture. In both cases the change was initiated with a recruitment of an external facilitator. The results indicate that an active change agent and an outsider who is not fixated with the norms and practices of the current organization, can be a significant catalyst in driving change. The study depicts advantages of pushing change as an outsider who is not embedded in the organization, but also downsides stemming from issues such as lacking tacit knowledge and insider information. In addition, the cases illustrate how change promoters are required on different levels of university hierarchy starting from university leadership to the faculty and students. en
dc.format.extent 9
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher SEFI en
dc.relation.ispartof 44th SEFI Conference, 12-15 September 2016, Tampere, Finland en
dc.rights © 2016 SEFI. This is the accepted version of the following article: Tuulos, Tiina & Vainio, Meri & Taajamaa, Ville. 2016. The role of an external facilitator in developing new co-creation platforms in university education. 44th SEFI Conference, 12-15 September 2016, Tampere, Finland. 9. https://www.conftool.pro/sefi2016/sessions.php fi
dc.subject.other Education en
dc.subject.other Management en
dc.subject.other Organisations, Corporations en
dc.title The role of an external facilitator in developing new co-creation platforms in university education en
dc.type A4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.rights.holder SEFI fi
dc.contributor.school Factoryt fi
dc.contributor.school Factories en
dc.contributor.department Design Factory fi
dc.contributor.department Design Factory en
dc.subject.keyword Educational development en
dc.subject.keyword facilitator en
dc.subject.keyword change agency en
dc.subject.keyword practices en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201609224156
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.version Final published version en


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