New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 13

Accepted Abstracts

Action Project for Innovation

Eugenia Kovatcheva, University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (Bulgaria)

Milena Koleva, Club for knowledge management, Innovations, and Strategies (Bulgaria)

Marionela Simova, Club for knowledge management, Innovations, and Strategies (Bulgaria)


This paper dials with innovation in education for education in innovation. The new methodology and new curriculum for the 6 ECTS MSc course in Innovation management were developed under the Erasmus + project 2014-1-BG01-KA203-001561. The main learning methodology is flipped learning for the theory. The master students work on a real business problem in groups with the mentors.

The course methodology combines knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills, and soft skills. The Innovation management competencies are developed in this course. Its structure consists three parts:

First – ice breaking – the students play games in groups that are formed randomly. The games are selected to be identified the students’ profiles as well as to get to know. At the end of first part the new groups are created according the students’ profiles.

The second part of the course is for the theory – understanding, analysing the main terms and processes of the Innovation management. At the end of this section, students receive the business case descriptions.

Third part – solution – MSc students work with mentors under the case. During this period students have at least one meeting with the business to pinpoint the decision direction.

The students’ attitude is significant for the course. The learning process are monitored. Students thoroughly examine the task and have fun.

There are two pilot courses in Bulgaria at the project coordinator – University of Library Studies and Information Technologies and at one of the project partners - Middlesex University, UK.

Currently the course in Innovation management is implemented in both universities.


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