G. Pisoni1, G. Guri1, G. Dion2, J.M. Dalle3, F. Renouard4, M. Marchese5, A. Tejero6, G. Leon6, Y. Guseva7, O.P. Mutanen7

1University of Trento / EIT Digital (ITALY)
2Agoranov / EIT Digital (FRANCE)
3Sorbonne Université (FRANCE)
4Université de Rennes 1 / EIT Digital (FRANCE)
5University of Trento (ITALY)
6Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (SPAIN)
7Aalto University (FINLAND)
Part of the mission of EIT Digital (a Knowledge and Innovation Community from the EIT, an independent body funded by the European Union) is to train IT graduates at both Master’s and Doctorate levels, with strong entrepreneurial competences. Around 20 European top universities, renowned researchers and leading businesses are in partnership with EIT Digital to provide cutting-edge ICT education in combination with innovation and entrepreneurship training. To achieve the later one, each partner university in the network implements a so-called “Innovation & Entrepreneurship” (“I&E”) minor (from 2013), and this minor represents 30 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System) in a 120 ECTS 2-year Master’s program, that corresponds to 25% of the credits each student takes during the studies. Taking that the aim is to have biggest impact, and EIT Digital could not know beforehand which blended learning model among various possible ones were the best suited for each of the universities in the network, the decision was to offer several. Depending on legacy of each university in regards to innovation and entrepreneurship education, on their (human) resources in place, as well as the level of adoption of IT tools within their work processes, the needs for implementation / moving towards blended education varied. EIT Digital offered different models, varying from more to less loosely-coupled blending model, so that the choice made by university should, by design, optimize the switching costs towards blended learning from the university point of view, yet satisfy the blending requirements imposed by EIT Digital.

The models we implemented for I&E education in EIT Digital are as follows:
(1) flipped classroom, where online contents are delivered to students before class and then discussed in class,
(2) blended online course, pre-packaged online contents with assessments, in most of the cases associated with supervised sessions in class
(3) online starter kit, set of online modules with assessments delivered for short-span events (such as summer schools for instance)
(4) independent levelling-up, contents are delivered before class, accompanied with quizzes or assignments, not necessarily followed up in class,
(5) online repository, online packages made available to cover students’ specific needs.

In this paper we describe the models we presented above in details, present series of examples from each of them, and reflect on the lessons learnt (from both teachers and students point of view) from the implementation.