Showcasing insights and sharing project outcomes, either our own or those co-created with our partners, is a key activity for the WAVE Lab. Driven by our international research and consulting work, we design and deliver learning programs that help individuals and organizations to enrich and expand their skills, while maximizing peer interactions. Such programs may be comprised of generic, home-grown short courses (W Academy), and/or tailor-made learning modules.
As of 2017, W Academy is developing and delivering digital content for its courses via Carnegie Mellon University's digital learning platform (CMU Open Learning Initiative). CMU-OLI is an innovative learning environment that is based on CMU's advanced research on cognitive tutoring. It is partially funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the US National Science Foundation (NSF).
Taking a step further, we aim to help organizations build learning capabilities by assisting them in developing their own learning infrastructures.
Learning infrastructure development
Custom learning programs
as a knowledge transfer hub on growth transformation
APPROACH: ACTION LEARNING
Based on constructivist teaching methods
Blended modes of learning (in-person, digital)
Focus on skills, behaviors and group interaction
Anchored in business realities and complexities
Tools & methodologies
(digital platform, role playing, business games)
The W Academy
By developing a portfolio of short courses, we aim to help individuals (advanced university students, entrepreneurs, business managers) to acquire ground knowledge and skills in practical day-to-day business context, linked to real world challenges.
For example, our Startup Bootcamp program - University Edition, is a 2-week program for advanced university students who want to experience what it takes to turn ideas into startups, run by great teams. Participants are immersed in a comprehensive learning experience, based on insights uncovered during a WAVE Lab's international research project on entrepreneurship (CREA project).
The program is enhanced by the international profile of all participants (students, instructors, mentors, guest experts, workshop leaders), who create a multi-cultural, cross-disciplined learning environment. Past participants joined us from as far as Asia (China, Vietnam), the Americas (Brazil), and Europe (Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Netherlands), bringing on board a wealth of knowledge and experiences from various disciplines (Product Design, Law, Bioinformatics, Business Administration, Computer Science, Financial Engineering, Social Sciences).
Design thinking Entrepreneurship
to business modeling to prototyping
Mentoring, workshops, guest experts
Post-completion support as