Research

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Modularity research over the last decade

New publication out! If you do research in any area, you are familiar with the fragmented nature of it. It is hard to grab a big picture of the field and how all the work really links together or builds on each other. In a journal article just published in the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, professors Kevin and Katja, together with international colleagues, stitch together pieces of research in the field of modularity over the past decade an even more. It is a one stop starting point for anyone new to the field.
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Tua BjörklundModularity research over the last decade
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Kevin Otto to Give Keynote Address at DESIGN 2016 on Design Research Adoption

The upcoming DESIGN 2016 Conference will feature a keynote  address on successful adoption of design research from Design Factory’s Kevin Otto, Adjunct Professor from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The DESIGN 2016 Conference will be held in Dubrovnik Croatia on 16-19 May, and is part of a series that occurs every other year held by the Design Society.  It is a premiere event for the design research community in Europe.

Kevin’s presentation ‘Industry Adoption of Design Methods: Where is the Crisis?’ is a reflection and recommendation to researchers in the field on how to get their design research successfully used in practice.

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Tua BjörklundKevin Otto to Give Keynote Address at DESIGN 2016 on Design Research Adoption
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Courses and workshops: Pedagogical development at Aalto Design Factory

Alongside the pedagogical development services currently offered at Design Factory through courses, we sometimes get special request for pedagogical development workshops. Recently ADF was happy to welcome a group of Korean high school teachers looking to improve their pedagogical skills in an environment fostering entrepreneurship.

The workshop, in which the teachers reflected on what good teaching is, and what are some entrepreneurial skills, was based on the work by Tua Björklund, Elina Kähkönen and Maria Clavert.

 

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Marcela AcostaCourses and workshops: Pedagogical development at Aalto Design Factory
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Researchers’ breakfast 8.3.

Come celebrate Women’s Day, share breakfast and listen to what our power ladies have been up to studying teaching development! ADF’s Maria Clavert will talk about pedagogical change agency, and prof. Katrina Nordström and Anni Laakkonen will tell about their course pilot and learning goal assessment.

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Tua BjörklundResearchers’ breakfast 8.3.
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What’s up at the Aquarium

With some new additions to the “regulars” here at the researchers’ Aquarium on the 2nd floor, we’d like to update who’s doing what. Read on, and do come talk to us when you see us in the building!

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Tua BjörklundWhat’s up at the Aquarium
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What works: Research-based handy tips and tricks for the curious professor – Part 9

Series part 9: Facilitated feedback sessions

Facilitated feedback sessions throughout a course doing group work is a great tool to reduce assumptions, resolve problems, and promote communication. Satu Rekonen, from Design Factory developed the “I like/I wish” method for facilitating a feedback session in a safe and comfortable environment. Visit http://ilikeiwish.org/ for more information on how to run it in your classroom, and make sure to click on the video for students’ testimonials on the experience. For questions, please contact maria.clavert@aalto.fi, tua.bjorklund@aalto.fi, or senni.kirjavainen@aalto.fi.

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Marcela AcostaWhat works: Research-based handy tips and tricks for the curious professor – Part 9
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Researchers’ breakfast

What would be a better way to start a working day than by having a breakfast while listening to inspiring speeches by your colleagues? The Researchers’ Breakfast is organized jointly by the Aalto Factories, with the next breakfast being organized on Tuesday the 8th of December, starting at 8.30AM in the Engine Room. Come listen to what our researchers are up to, this time Kevin Otto and Miko Laakso will present their work. Sign up here.

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Tua BjörklundResearchers’ breakfast
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What works: Research-based handy tips and tricks for the curious professor – Part 3

Series Part 3: Group work

Participation in group work results in the interaction with other students, for example through the discussion and debating of topics, resolution of conflicts or disagreement, as well as peer- and self-assessment. This is an example of social learning. In social learning, social experiences and interactions support the understanding of content. The students educate themselves and each other, and provide support for continuous learning and for the on-going creation of new ideas and skills.

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Marcela AcostaWhat works: Research-based handy tips and tricks for the curious professor – Part 3