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Enhancing Organizations and Businesses with Innovation Pedagogy

Developed here at TUAS, the concept of innovation pedagogy contributes to the development of new generations of professionals, whose ways of producing, adopting and utilizing knowledge make innovative thinking and creating added value possible. The pedagogical strategy of TUAS is based on innovation pedagogy, and it is applied in all study fields we offer.

We have also implemented training and development processes for several organizations, published numerous books, articles and conference presentations as well as led several national and international projects on innovation pedagogy.

Working Life as a Priority

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Innovation pedagogy refers to an approach to learning and teaching that corresponds to the needs of working life while emphasising RDI expertise. In the approach, learning and teaching methods are applied creatively and in a value-adding way so that the students take responsibility for their learning and actively strive to reach their learning goals. After graduation, the students are innovative and oriented towards various kinds of development tasks, which means that they have acquired – in addition to the expertise on their own field – innovation competences required by all working life environments.

Cornerstones of Innovation Pedagogy

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The cornerstones of innovation pedagogy are

  • Activating learning and teaching methods
  • Working-life orientation
  • Integration between studies and applied RDI activities
  • Flexible curriculum
  • Multidisciplinarity
  • Internationalization
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Versatile and development-oriented assessment
  • Renewing teacher roles

Innovation competences

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Innovation pedagogy is a learning approach that defines in a new way how knowledge is assimilated, produced and used in a manner that can create innovations. It aims to enable the development of innovation competences, alongside with the study field specific competences, providing students the ability to participate into the innovation processes in working life. Working life expects not only individual but also interpersonal and networking competences. These include abilities in creative problem-solving, system thinking, goal orientation, teamworking, and networking. At Turku University of Applied Sciences, we have developed a tool to evaluate the development of innovation competences.

Innovation competences

See also:

FINCODA – Framework for Innovation Competencies Development and Assessment 

Innovation Competence Development

Innovation Competencies Development Barometer and User Guide 

RDI activities in innovation pedagogy

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The central aim of the research and development activities in innovation pedagogy at TUAS is to be involved in the development of innovation pedagogy and consequently future experts and business achievers. In addition to research and development activities, operations include the commercialization, training and consulting of innovation pedagogy.

Ongoing projects:

INDOPED project - Modernizing Indonesian Higher Education with Tested European Pedagogical Practices 

FINCODA – Framework for Innovation Competencies Development and Assessment 

InnoCENS - Enhancing Innovation Competences and Entrepreneurial Skills in Engineering Education


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Konst Taru (2017). Developing Learning in Organizations with Innovation Pedagogy Methods. In International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering, May 2017. 


Kumpula, M. 2014: An excursion to project hatcheries. Students´ experiences in multidisclipinary learning projects. Reports form the Turku University of Applied Sciences 202.





Niittymäki, S. & Seppälä-Kaven, U. 2014: Innovative professional competences from multidisclipinary learning projects. Handbook for project hatchery tutors. Course material from Turku University of Applied Sciences 93.

Lehto A. & Penttilä T. (eds.) 2013: Pedagogical Views on Innovation Competences and Entrepreneurship – Innovation pedagogy and other approaches. Reports from Turku University of Applied Sciences 171.

Räsänen M. & Kyllönen A. 2013: Research Hatchery as a Cradle for New Innovators – Handbook for implementation. Course material from Turku University of Applied Sciences 84.

Lehto A., Kairisto-Mertanen L. & Penttilä T. 2011: Towards innovation pedagogy. A new approach to teaching and learning for universities of applied sciences. Reports from Turku University of Applied Sciences 100.

Penttilä, Taru 2016: Developing educational organizations with innovation pedagogy. International e-journal of Advances in Education 2, No 5.

Penttilä Taru, Kairisto-Mertanen Liisa, Putkonen Ari, Lehto Anttoni (2013): Innovation Pedagogy - A Strategic Learning Approach for the Future. In Lehto Anttoni - Penttilä Taru (eds). Pedagogical Competences and Entrepreneurship, pp.11-23. Reports from Turku University of Applied Sciences.


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Innopeda ® Training, University of Gdansk, Poland

A group of 15 students, young doctors and academic teaching staff from University of Gdansk participated in Innopeda ® Training during 2013-2014. Innopeda® Training was part of the project “We educate the best – a comprehensive program of development of graduate students, young doctors and academic teaching staff of the University of Gdansk”. This two year development process included six seminar days, distance learning and consultation in participants´ own development projects to implement innovation pedagogy in practice.

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Innovation Pedagogy Development Process for University Teachers - University of Gdansk, Poland

Diploma in Innopeda® Training, Binus Business School, Jakarta, Indonesia

A group of 25 teachers, directors and RDI personnel from the BINUS BUSINESS SCHOOL participated in Innopeda® Training during 2014. Training included four training days, distance learning and consultation in participants´ own development projects to implement innovation pedagogy in practice.

Innovation Pedagogy Trainings in Brazil (intensive week trainings) at Universidade de Caxias do Sul;

at universities belonging to COMUNG network in Rio Grande do Sul. The group of teachers and administrative staff also participated into two week Innopeda® intensive training in Finland in February 2016. After completed this, they are now doing the Innopeda® Trainer Diplomas and training other Brazilian universities in innovation pedagogy.

Innopeda® Train the Trainer trainings at several companies in Finland, e.g. at Nestlé in 2014-2015; Wärtsilä in 2016.

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