Test Projects – University of Copenhagen

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Initiated Test Projects 

In December 2010, all employees and students were invited to apply for means to start test projects of their own. 66 projects were initiated and granted a total of 9.5 million DKK. Five projects were led by students.

Some of the focal points of the 66 projects were:

  • new teaching methods
  • education across internal university borders, national borders and/or mental borders (i.e. between business and academia)

The test projects ran throughout 2011. A mid term conference and a final evaluation made sure that the best ideas were spread as widely as possible.

A Changed Educational Environment

  • Led by two Ethnology students
  • Lectures, seminars etc. arranged by students and for students
  • Exchange of professional experience in a social study environment
  • A supplement to the education provided for by the university.

In June the project was awarded a prize of 10,000 DKK from the Danish independent book store Academic Books for being a project that benefitted a wide range of students.

    

Use of iPod Touch in Scientific Laboratories

  • iPods used as scientific equipment in the labs of the Faculty of Science because of their built-in accelerometers
  • Test project run in lab classes of first- and second-year students
  • Changing the world of physics as the students are to carry around and use the iPods all the time. Thus, the omnipresence of physics are made visible
  • Deterritorialization: experiments can be made everywhere (i.e. in the Danish amusement park Tivoli as in the pictures) because of the freedom of movement and small size of the iPod.

 

Suitable for Business

  • A fusion between a classic academic conference and a case competition
  • Main assertion: Humanities and social science students can generate
    economic value!
  • Project run by students only.

Conference:
Prominent speakers, dialogue, panel debates.
Target: breaking down the barriers between business and academia.

Case competition:
Ten teams of students from all over Scandinavia.
A competition of delivering the best concrete solutions to real life business challenges.