Better results with cross-department collaboration
Once the concept was clear, it was time to start creating the actual course. They wanted the course to mostly include clips of Veera facing different and sometimes difficult decisions and problems on her way to success. In addition, there would be short informative videos of Håkan and Lidia addressing whatever issues Veera is facing, and additional reading to deepen the students’ understanding of issues at hand. Creating a video-based online course was a new experience for both Håkan and Lidia, and they knew they couldn’t do it alone.
Luckily, they didn’t have to. Yulia Guseva from Aalto Online Learning stepped in as a producer, while Sampsa Kares from Aalto Studios did the heavy lifting with shooting and editing the videos. Creating Veera also needed someone to animate her and someone to do her voice, and both these talents were also found from within the Aalto community – Veera is designed by Game Design and Production student Silva Kuusiniemi and voiced by Collaboration and Industrial Design student Molly Balcom Raleigh. Even if the idea for the course came from AVP, implementation would’ve been simply impossible without cross-department collaboration.
Current status and future plans
Creating the course was a fun experience for Håkan and Lidia and the rest of the team, and almost everything proceeded as planned. Naturally, there were some challenges as well. Even though shooting the videos and giving the lectures took less time than anticipated, polishing the end result to a point where everyone was happy took quite a bit longer, and the time it took to have the course online was underestimated. They first had the idea about the course in June 2019 and started working on it in September. While everything was shot already in December, there were some surprises and other pressing issues with other courses, and it took a few months to have everything ready.
But now everything is ready and the course – Entrepreneurship Intro – is available online. For now, it’s only open for Aalto University students and staff, but it’s in the plans to make it publicly available once enough feedback is gathered from the Aalto community. 'Making the course was a fun process and we really like how it ended up,' Lidia says, 'I really hope people try it out and give us feedback, so we can make it even better.'
Entrepreneurship Intro is available at AVP website. Currently, it’s only for the students’ own benefit, but the plan is to have it as an official Aalto-course worth one ECTS in the future. The course is especially aimed for people who’re interested in entrepreneurship and are looking for an easy way to get started, or who’ve considered self-employment as a possible career at some point. Additionally, it could be used by teachers who want to give their students a taster of entrepreneurship in any existing course. For possible use in corporations as a training method for employees, one should contact Håkan or Lidia. The course was developed as a pilot for and financed by Aalto Online Learning.