“Multi-perspectivism as a philosophy of education” has a predominant
role in the mission statement of Ghent University .
It opens up a path towards a critical and active participation into
the society of today and the future. Within the framework of
multi-perspectivism, a novel course has on “Co-creation” been
set-up that is offered as an elective course in all educational
programs of the university . The course focuses on methods
for creativity, transdisciplinary research, entrepreneurship,
communication and collaboration, system thinking and design.
The leading lecturers are members of the department of “Industrial
Systems and Product Design” of the Faculty of Engineering
Students, researchers and lecturers from different faculties are
actively participating in a transdisciplinary project to solve a
real societal need. Each project brings all involved stakeholders
– experts from different specialisms, designers and end-users –
together in an iterative collaborative change process (using cocreation
methods). Prototyping real-life experiences in a living
space plays a central role as integration and communication
method throughout the development cycle. During every iteration,
a co-experience is obtained by all involved stakeholders
through direct interaction with the prototype in a real “make” or
“use” context. These interactions gradually reveal affordances
and disturbances by iterative adaptations.
This particular education method is illustrated by ongoing student
project cases in the domain of health-care and societal
problems. An overview will be given on how to identify and
set-up projects, how students perform these projects, and on
how the obtained knowledge and results are valuated and transferred
back to society.