The final three days of training 4

The third day of SUCSESS training took place on Haaga campus, a train ride away from the hotel in Pasila. The programme included case stories from partner universities as well as discussions and reflection about industrial relations and technological competences along with introductions to Lab8, iMotions and the BOX. The day ended with drinks and traditional Finnish food – including reindeer meat and fish, of course!

The morning sessions continued with the topic of technology and teaching by visits to SalesLab, eCom and 3D+Robo on Pasila campus.

Learning about the hands-on innovation based learning approach of the 3D+Robo lab was fascinating.

Tracking emotions through AI was also interesting. Before lunch the participants discussed together how labs could be integrated into learning and industry collaboration. Many great ideas to integrate learning and technology were shared!

The topic of the afternoon was ICT and teaching post Covid-19. Eva Holmberg and Jarmo Ritalahti discussed whether teaching and learning after COVID-19 will be about asynchronous learning.

The afternoon continued with Nanikie Charity Zungu from University of Johannesburg, Reba Letsholo from University of Pretoria and

Judith Dlamini from University of Zululand sharing their experiences with the participants. Alisha Ali from Sheffield Hallam University and Jarmo from Haaga-Helia led the group work.  

On the fifth training day Friday, it was time for a

final reflection and closing remarks. And before those of a jubilant moment of giving out the certificates for the participants. Closing remarks were delivered by Diane Abrahams from University of Johannesburg, Wesley Rosslyn-Smith from University of Pretoria and Thandi Nzama from University of Zululand, who summed up the training in 5 words: Resilience, Connect, Engage, Grow, Futuristic.

Then it was time for a one more method of reflection and feedback, the Fishbowl, where everyone got to share the things they had learnt during the week. Many mentioned new tools and technologies, new ways to engage students, networking and sharing and learning from each other. It was beautiful listening to everyone’s stories of discovery in teaching and learning.

After lunch, the group departed for a tram tour of Helsinki, one group heading to the Rock Church and the other group to the sea shore to see the most famous park in Helsinki, to visit the new central library Oodi and finally the Rock Church. The group that took the longer route, ended up walking 6 kilometres – and enjoying plenty of fresh air, rain and a healthy dose of wind.

Thank you all the participants for an amazing training week in Helsinki! We look forward to meeting again in May in South Africa.