Passion-Based Learning


What works: Research-based handy tips and tricks for the curious professor – Part 1

Series Part 1: Introduction to ADF ways of working

This series explores different topics surrounding pedagogical development. Aalto Design Factory uses the principles of Design-based learning to provide a physical platform for passion-based learning, or problem-based learning (PBL).

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Marcela AcostaWhat works: Research-based handy tips and tricks for the curious professor – Part 1

ME310 Paper robot challenge

Paperbot is one of the numerous challenges ME310 students take and maybe the funniest one: 1 week to build a robot while starting from scratch in electronics! The point of Paperbot is to get started with electronics and not being afraid of prototyping with them later on. Anyone can prototype basic electronics and Paperbot is the proof of it!

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PDP & IDBM teams tackling water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues in schools

How can we make sure that new innovations are truly benefiting children? What is the point of great innovations if no one uses them in the end? Can we even call them innovations? These were few of the questions raised by PDP and IDBM students from Aalto who are working with Helsinki University and Makerere University from Uganda. The student teams started their first field work period in Northern Uganda in November 2014.

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Tiina TuulosPDP & IDBM teams tackling water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues in schools

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I like I wish is a facilitated team feedback activity where team members get to provide and receive both positive and constructive feedback in written as well as in spoken format. Sessions follow a certain process, which has developed to its current format through dozens of sessions organized since 2011 in several different interdisciplinary courses taking place in Aalto Design Factory, Swinburne Design Factory and ESADE Business School alike. Now the time has come to compile this to a soft skill method that can be utilized all over the world in order to make interdisciplinary teamwork more efficient.

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Product Design Gala 2014

The annual Product Design Gala was held again at Aalto Design Factory on Friday May 16th. This day filled Design Factory with 17 student projects (14 from Finland and 3 from Graz University of Technology) presenting their final prototypes and findings. Visitors were able to test the new product ideas and challenge the teams with their tricky questions.

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A course on innovation in action

The course “License to Act Differently” has been organized at Aalto Design Factory for the last 5 academic years. The course – also known by its unofficial name “the MIND course” – has been developed and taught by the people from MIND Research Group (, a group known for its multidisciplinary composition and Ei its interest in innovation.

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Tiina TuulosA course on innovation in action