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Core approach of all activities, programmes, curriculum and projects in Center of Enterprise Practice are based on “EQ-Thinking” Model. It consists of three steps, which could be described as “Experience” – “Create” – “Initiate”. Each phase is supported with certain methodologies and equipped with toolboxes.
Model is based on these pedagogical approaches:
Eq Thinking model
It consists of three steps, which could be described as “Experience” – “Create” – “Initiate”. Each phase is supported with certain methodologies and equipped with toolboxes. Also, the process is in a flow of constant change. As we can see from the model, in each step not only the main domain is present, but also others two in some level.
1. “Experience”. The goal of first phase, is to create meaningful experiences for individuals, teams and partners. We strive for every experience journey to be as memorable and meaningful as possible, so we bring together specialists in our field, business representatives from different spheres and ambitious students. The basis for the next levels and steps is to engage students into creative and initiative processes with mind and emotions. The main methods in this step are based on: experience design, positive psychology, narrative approach, couching.
Individual and group experiences are reflected with the help of a coach or a mentor. Personal development is implemented using special diary, focused on students’ self-analysis and their own personal masteries.
We create practical educational experiences. They are described as experiences where the learner has the opportunity to come up with ideas, identify a good idea and turn that idea into action. They require the involvement of external partners in the design and/or delivery of this learning, to ensure relevance to the real world. Practical entrepreneurial experiences provide students with a supportive environment, where mistakes are embraced and failure is a learning tool, so that they gain the confidence and experience to turn their ideas into action in the real world. Practical entrepreneurial experiences should be a student led initiative either individually or as a part of a small team, involving learning-by-doing approach and producing a tangible outcome.
2. “Create”. Goal of this step is to design any kind of ideas and prototype them within the value-creating process. This phase is about understanding the given challenge/problem, creation, shaping, forming, experimenting and questioning. It includes structured ways of testing ideas and prototypes from the early stages. It is a process that demands flexibility, experimentation and a hunger for constant evolution. By continually iterating, refining, and improving the world of ideas we unlock our creativity and discover a variety of approaches.
During “Create” step the core element – is work in interdisciplinary teams solving the “real-life” cases and challenges of business companies, social organizations, communities. Teams develop ideas, using lots of creative techniques and methodologies, such as “Experience Design®”; “Design Thinking®”; “User Experience Design®”; “Lego Serious Play®”, “Points of you®” “Business Model Canvas®”, “Method Kit®”, “Personal Business Model You®”, etc.
3. “Initiate”. The goal of this phase is to make developed ideas alive by making real impact or change be it business idea, community project or social innovation. During that phase students identify and seize opportunities to create value by exploring the social, cultural and economic landscape. They also establish new connections and bring together scattered elements of the landscape to create opportunities and make an impact. Competences, gained in “Experience” and “Create” steps are practically cultivated in “Real-life” context. Reflection and learning from both success and failure occurs.
“EQ-Thinking Model is supported by two ecosystems: “Smart Practice” and “Multicultural field”.
“SMART PRACTICE” is supporting system of the Model, for developing value-creating partnerships between students and business communities, which combines “real-life” challenges and cases together with learning processes and individual / group experiences of the students. This challenges students to solve issues being faced by business, generate ideas and create actionable projects. The results include business receiving new ideas and insights, whilst the students benefit from developing entrepreneurial capabilities and future business networks.
main elements are:
Involvement of the universities in different national and international research and development projects and activities becomes very important precondition to create the space for implementation and development of Smart practices.
“Multicultural field” component is based on the “Smart Practice” concept, but additionally is supplemented with international dimension. It means, that students solve cases / challenges in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams. International summer internship programme is 1 month experiential journey for students from all over the world, during which they develop creative thinking competencies and together with best Lithuanian companies, solve real-life challenges and cases.
The main benefits of EQ-thinking model for different interest groups:
Benefits for student
Opportunity to develop the competencies necessary for an entrepreneurial personality;
Practical application of innovative problem solving techniques and ideas;
Possibility of establishing useful contacts, personal networks, gaining experience and successful career development.
Benefits for business
Being able to contribute to the development of entrepreneurial skills and competences of generation Y and Z;
Ability to recognise talented students and invite them to join the team;
Possibility to solve practical problems and cases and organisational challenges;
Benefits for city and
Opportunity to shape urban and community-friendly ecosystems.
Opportunity to implement public problem solving practices using innovative “EQ-Thinking” platform and methodology;
Enhancing the image of an attractive city, building a partnership network between the city, academia world, business
community, young generation.
Integrate “EQ-Thinking” model concept into curriculum;
To bring modern pedagogical approaches and concepts like: “inter-disciplinary”, “experience-based” and
“experience – design” in learning and study activities;
Together with partners re-design curriculum, according “real-life” cases and challenges;
To change “Internship” concept with “Smart Practice” concept.