OULU EduLAB IS A ONE SEMESTER, FULL-TIME PRE-INCUBATOR + INCUBATOR PROGRAM IN ENGLISH SUPPORTING THE CREATION OF PROTOTYPES, PRODUCTS AND START-UPS TARGETING THE GLOBAL EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY.
THE LAB EXPERIENCE
The EduLAB learning adventure creates interdisciplinary teams to develop prototypes of educational technology solutions and tools in a rapid concept-design process. Teams include students and professionals from Finland and around the world with expertise in graphic design, programming, sound design, game design, production, script-writing, sales and marketing, and education. All LABs are taught in English.
Oulu EduLAB participants are made up of students from the Oulu University of Applied Sciences degree programs, international exchange students and professionals completing retraining as Open University students. Students additionally come from the University of Oulu. Participants are primarily drawn from the advanced Bachelor’s degree level however there are possibilities for those students completing Master’s theses as well as PhD studies to be part of the LAB as well. Oulu EduLAB participants are also joined by a cohort of students in the Oulu University of Applied Sciences Vocational Teacher Education qualification program. This teaching training cohort (under the same name - Oulu EduLAB) is a separate group that have enrolled in the 60 credit vocational teacher training program. In this way, they participate in the Oulu EduLAB and get qualified as a vocational teacher at the same time.
The EduLAB curriculum consists of two 30 ECTS credit course packages: Demo Path and Product Path.
Demo Path is a four-month package that acts as a starting point for all EduLAB participants. The first month focuses on rapid concept design and learning the basics of working in the Ed Tech industry, from design to business. The next stage is dedicated to prototype development and refining the skills of each individual in his or her chosen role in the team. Each team on the path aims to create a workable Ed Tech demo. Prototypes can take on a number of different forms such as educational games, apps for learning or learning management systems to name a few.
Those who have completed the demo path can continue on to Product Path, an additional four-month study program. In the Product Path, teams continue to develop their products, aiming for a finished product or a service and a start-up.
HOW TO JOIN EDULAB
If you are interested in applying for EduLAB, click here. Participants can be from any field such as business, education, programming, graphic design and even healthcare. If you are not sure if you have the skills required for EduLAB, don't worry. We encourage you to apply anyway since you may have exactly the qualities we need!
The next application period starts on April 1 and runs until May 31, 2017. Applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted by the first week of June and invited to participate in either a face-to-face interview in Oulu or a virtual interview. EduLAB will begin on August, 2017.
For more information, feel free to contact the EduLAB LAB Master, Blair Stevenson at email@example.com
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Spring 2016 teams
The following list includes the Spring 2016 Oulu EduLAB teams that built their prototypes with a target of June 9 when they pitched to investors as a part of the Midnight Pitchfest in Oulu.
What we help build...
While in Oulu EduLAB we most often focus on software-based innovations, we support the development of teams creating a wide range of products for all levels of education including:
- Educational games / serious games
- Virtual reality / Augmented reality / Mixed reality products
- Animations, videos and digital content for education
- Apps for education
- Products that combine hardware and software such as Internet of Things (IOT) and sensor innovations.
Previous 2016 OULU EDULAB TEAMS
The following list includes the Fall 2016 Oulu EduLAB teams including two - MOVIRE and SILQ which have continued into the product path during Spring 2017.
COLLABORATING PARTNERS WITH OULU EduLAB
Strategic corporate and institutional partners
Strategic Partner Universities