Developing laboratory courses based on the needs of working life - TE-Lab
The project is funded by European Social Fund (ESF).
The project is implemented by University of Eastern Finland.
South Savo Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
TE-Lab is a project carried out by the Department of Physics and Mathematics in the University of Eastern Finland. TE-Lab aims to improve working life skills among the students in the International Master’s Degree Programme in Photonics and to promote collaboration between the university and the companies operating in the field. In this project the laboratory education included in the programme will be reformed so that besides enhancing the mastery of subject matter, the new laboratory activities will promote those working life skills that are pivotal in the perspective of photonics companies.
The reformed laboratory education will familiarize students with the product development conducted in the collaboration companies, and engage students in developing solutions to the related research problems by using their laboratory skills, problem solving skills, and team-working skills. The new laboratory activities will be taught using an instructional model called Argument-Driven Inquiry. Students’ skill sets will develop via working life-oriented research tasks and the companies will concurrently gain new scientific knowledge supporting their product development.
Group members - UEF
Markku Kuittinen Professor , Faculty of Science and Forestry, Department of Physics and Mathematics
Kirsi Ikonen Project Coordinator , Faculty of Science and Forestry, Department of Physics and Mathematics
Mikko Kesonen Postdoctoral Researcher , Faculty of Science and Forestry, Department of Physics and Mathematics
Petri Karvinen Research Manager , Faculty of Science and Forestry, Department of Physics and Mathematics