Aalto Co-Educator Team (ACE)

The Aalto Co-Educator team supports and collaborates with teachers, programme directors and faculty members. The team’s goal is to integrate solutions for sustainability through a lens of radical creativity, and entrepreneurial mindset into existing courses and programmes. Our eight enthusiastic experts in the three cross-cutting themes, pedagogy, training, and teamwork are here to support you.
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In the face of an increasing need to address complex and global challenges, universities and teachers need to facilitate students' learning of competencies for working with complexity and creating holistic and systemic solutions.

The Aalto Co-Educator (ACE) team supports such teaching development by integrating meaningful learning goals from sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity into courses and programmes. We provide hands-on support for curriculum development to programme directors and for course development and pedagogical training to teachers.

The common goal of Aalto's teaching faculty is to enable the building of competencies for our students. In collaboration with our teacher community, the ACE team aims to provide students with tools for shaping a sustainable future. Our aim is that every Aalto graduate can contribute to sustainability solutions through a lens of radical creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset.

The project started in the autumn of 2021 with pilots on course and programme development. In 2022, we expanded our activities across all the schools. Throughout 2023, we've held curriculum development workshops with the School of Science, and School of Arts, and defined programmes in the School of Electrical Engineering and the School of Engineering. Our project will continue through to the end of 2024.

Interesting Upcoming Events

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Preparing Aalto Graduates to be Responsible and Influential Experts

Join us for breakfast, short talks and discussions with fellow teachers about an urgent topic – sustainability in teaching and how it affects graduate responsibility and influence in the workforce.

Events
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Anxiety be gone! Learn simple practices for including sustainability in your courses.

Aalto teachers are warmly welcome to an interactive workshop focused on meaningfully integrating sustainability into your course.

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Work with us

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Aalto Co-Educator for Teachers

We collaborate with teachers to integrate sustainability, radical creativity and entrepreneurial mindset into courses.

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Aalto Co-Educator for Programme Directors

Our aim is to facilitate curriculum development process together with programme directors.

For personnel – highlights and support for your work
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Aalto Co-Educator for Students

We've asked students, ‘What have you always wanted to know about sustainability, but haven't dared to ask?’

For personnel – highlights and support for your work

Resources

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Solutions for Sustainability, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Radical Creativity: How do the cross-cutting themes affect your teaching at Aalto University?

The Aalto Co-Educator (ACE) team happily collaborates with teachers and programme directors to integrate the cross-cutting themes into courses and curricula.

For personnel – highlights and support for your work
Opiskelua. Kuvituskuva uutiseen.

What does 'Radical Creativity in Teaching' really mean?

The Aalto Co-Educator team supports teachers to integrate solutions for sustainability into programmes and courses via a lens of radical creativity and entrepreneurial mindset.

For personnel – highlights and support for your work
Aalto-yliopiston opiskelijoita opiskelemassa pöydän ääressä. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto / Unto Rautio

An Entrepreneurial Mindset: What Does it Mean in Teaching?

Integrate an entrepreneurial mindset into your course and curricula with competencies drafted by the Aalto Co-Educator team.

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Solutions for Sustainability: What Does it Mean in Teaching?

Learn more about solutions for sustainability and teamwork competencies and their integration into courses and curricula. 

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How to integrate sustainability and multidisciplinary problem-solving skills into curricula?

Responding to the challenges of the future, such as the sustainability crisis, requires the graduate to have knowledge of sustainability challenges, multidisciplinary problem solving skills, and the ability to apply their own in-depth knowledge of the discipline to solving these challenges.

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Aalto Co-Educator Team in Action

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Integrating Aalto’s Cross-Cutting Themes into Leading Tech Programmes

Discover how solutions for sustainability, entrepreneurial mindset and radical creativity have been integrated into the NanoElectronics programme. 

Sustainability
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Chemical Engineering Meets Sustainability: Aalto's Collaborative Approach

At Aalto, we meaningfully integrate solutions for sustainability into existing courses using teamwork, co-creation, and co-teaching. 

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Minor development team participates in minor planning meeting

Planning and Implementing the New Aalto-Wide Sustainability Minor – A Major Achievement!

Aalto’s cross-disciplinary, sustainability-focused minor, ‘Sustainable Use of Natural Resources’ is a culmination of over a year of planning and creative collaboration among faculty.

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"There's a Podcast About That!"

Hosted by our pedagogical expert, Riikka Evans, these podcast episodes are sure to support personal reflection on the cross-cutting themes. Listen now!

Future-led Learning 14: Meri Kuikka and Tuomo Eloranta on co-teaching (external link)

What is co-teaching? University teacher Meri Kuikka and postdoc researcher Tuomo Eloranta have been teaching together for years at Aalto and can give us invaluable and practical insights into what co-teaching means in practice.

Future-led Learning, Oasis of Radical Wellbeing at Aalto

Future-led Learning 12: Matti Kuittinen on sustainability (external link)

Riikka Evans discusses integrating sustainability into teaching with Professor Matti Kuittinen from the department of Architecture at Aalto University. Matti also develops policies at the Ministry of the Environment. 

The Future-led Learning Podcast is hosted by Riikka Evans. Photograph: Janne Illman.

Future-led Learning 11: Pirjo Kääriäinen (external link)

What is inclusion in the context of higher education? What kind of feedback do we get from our students? And what is the teacher's responsibility? Why is it important to foster inclusive learning culture? It's all about interaction. Pirjo Kääriäinen works as a professor at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) and collaborates closely with the School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM). Since 2011 she has been facilitating interdisciplinary CHEMARTS collaboration together with professor Tapani Vuorinen.

Future-led Learning, Oasis of Radical Wellbeing at Aalto

Future-led Learning 10: Johannes Kaira (external link)

Johannes Kaira works as a teacher at the Aalto Ventures Programme which is the entrepreneurship education program at Aalto University, where students in multidisciplinary teams work on hands-on exercises. We discussed with Johannes about teamwork and what it requires as a method from students and teachers. We talked about trust, communication skills and flexibility and how they contribute to a well-functioning team.

The Future-led Learning Podcast is hosted by Riikka Evans. Photograph: Janne Illman.

Our Team

 Elina Kähkönen

Elina Kähkönen

Project lead
 Noora Jaakkola

Noora Jaakkola

Curriculum development
 Meeri Karvinen

Meeri Karvinen

Solutions for sustainability
 Johannes Kaira

Johannes Kaira

Radical creativity
 Håkan Mitts

Håkan Mitts

Entrepreneurial mindset
 Tuomo Eloranta

Tuomo Eloranta

Multidisciplinarity
 Riikka Evans

Riikka Evans

Pedagogical specialist
 Melissa Georgiou

Melissa Georgiou

Communications
 Maria Svanström

Maria Svanström

Pedagogical specialist
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