The TOO4TO consortium has designed a working life-oriented training curriculum whose learning outcomes aim to reflect the labour market needs and the critical learning areas of students in sustainable management. The curriculum intends to equip students with an understanding of the barriers and pathways to sustainable development in an organization context within the EU and beyond, as well as increase learners’ sustainable management competences (e.g. soft skills) like virtual teamwork. The curriculum is based on a) desk research, b) the identified needs of students in the participating universities and c) expert opinions identifying the critical learning areas.

Direct beneficiaries of this curriculum are the partner universities implementing it into their programmes. Other educational institutions can also exploit the curriculum and adjust its content to their needs.

The Training Curriculum is an open-access intellectual output of the TOO4TO project: The entire curriculum (original version, in English), as well as the summaries in partner languages (Finnish, German, Lithuanian and Polish), can be accessed below. The project consortium will start piloting the training curriculum during the first quarter of 2022. Gathered feedback and experiences will be reflected in the Training Curriculum and it will be updated accordingly (if needed).

Working-life oriented curriculum

The curriculum is developed based on innovation pedagogy (INNOPEDA®), developed by Turku University of Applied Sciences. Innovation pedagogy refers to all those methods and tools necessary when implementing the innovation process in learning and the development of learners’ innovation competences. Working-life orientation, flexible curricula, and multidisciplinary learning environments are essential requirements for Innovation pedagogy to succeed. Students need good study skills to take an active and responsible role in their learning. The methods used in delivering education must be activating and versatile. Giving students opportunities to work in a real-life assignment is essential when aiming to improve their innovation. The assessments are development-oriented, i.e., students can assess their own and their peers’ competences and know-how to develop them.

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