Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) has been nominated for the ‘Innovation in Education’ award at the 2018 Lincolnshire Technology & Innovation Awards.
The awards, held on 7 June, recognise, celebrate and reward Lincolnshire’s use of innovation and creative technology, raising the profile of innovators and tech communities across the county.
BGU’s nomination is a result of the exciting and innovative steps being taken by the University’s Business and Enterprise team who have adopted a ‘heutagogical’ (or ‘learning by doing’) approach to learning on the BA Business (Team Entrepreneurship) course. This approach, inspired by the Finnish Tiimiakatemia, or Team Academy, methodology requires students to work together as a team, establish a limited company and then deliver live commercial projects. They synthesise their personal learning journey by researching appropriate theory in line with their immediate requirements as an alternative to the more common reliance on lecture-style delivery.
By utilising this approach, the assignments produced by students are highly individual and give a deeper insight of ‘journey travelled’ with regard to learning, providing students with a far greater level of agency and control of their projects and their learning.
Chris Jackson, Team Coach and part of the Business and Enterprise team at BGU, was delighted to see the commitment made by BGU recognised:
“BGU adopting the ‘learning by doing’ approach to learning is innovative and not in line with traditional Higher Education teaching methods. It demonstrates great foresight by BGU, who as leaders in Teacher Education demonstrate that we are willing to embrace new thinking and practice in education in response to a rapidly changing world.”