Minor Innovation and Design Thinking

FORMAT/Location

Campus Saint-Jean d'Angély, Nice

Prerequisites

No

Capacity

30 students

Lecturers
This minor is operated by INVENT@UCA, the Université Côte d'Azur co-creation program which provides an opportunity for students to develop their professional network, brand image and value in the labour market.
Summary

INVENT@UCA is a co-creation program which brings together students and professionals. It offers a diverse customized training and experiences, particularly through the work of multidisciplinary teams on real cases to create innovative, relevant and sustainable solutions.
The purpose is to provide innovation, creativity, and 21st century skills to the students while offering solutions to the challenges faced by companies and other organizations (institutions and NGO). Invent@UCA’s ambition is to create an international hub of change makers. It provides a real opportunity for students to develop their professional network, personal branding and employability.
Project teams are provided and coached by an enthusiastic and dedicated team of facilitators and experts. Innovative methodologies (such as Design Thinking and Effectual Thinking) are used.
Along with co-creation projects, workshops (Business Model, AI for Business, etc., see agenda) and creative events (Hackathon, etc.) are organized.
The program has its own creativity room, called “Espace Vernassa” (250 m²), located on Saint-Jean d’Angély campus.

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To achieve this minor, students must attend 3 workshops chosen among a list (various workshops according to the semester) covering different topics related to innovation, methodologies for creativity, entrepreneurship, business development and marketing.

Design Thinking Workshop

Purpose :  ​
Design Thinking is the innovation process developed at Stanford, which was launched by IDEO and has fuelled a large part of the entrepreneurial culture in Silicon Valley. At the heart of the process is the notion that to innovate, it is necessary to connect with people, understand the real needs of the user and explore the whole project context with a constant attitude to research, undertaking a non-linear path characterized by uncertainty and the freedom to make mistakes and create new ideas. ​

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Effectual Thinking Workshop

ONLY AUTUMN 2020 SEMESTER

Purpose :
The aim is for students to discover entrepreneurship through the lens of effectuation theory. Effectuation is a logic of thinking used by entrepreneurs to build successful ventures. It helps people perceiving the world as a set of opportunities: starting from available means allows people achieving affordable goals. Effectuation is at its heart a human problem-solving method developed through research into the mental processes used by expert entrepreneurs.​

Learning Objectives :  ​
This course is an opportunity to practice entrepreneurship and problem solving in high uncertainty environments while co-creating with stakeholders.​
Knowledge: ​
 The student is able to understand and practice the adequate posture to deal with uncertainty.​
- The student can reflexively engage in specific data driven (means) cognitive routines versus goal driven routines.​
Competencies: ​
- The student, while practicing effectuation, develops capacity to solve complex problem and to innovate​
- The student is able to tackle new challenges in the uncertain world we live in by acting with simple and effective solutions, based on the 5 principles of effectuation.

AI for Business Workshop

ONLY AUTUMN 2020 SEMESTER

Purpose : ​
The course aims to offer an introduction to the broad theme of Artificial Intelligence, with a focus on three major areas Robotics, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing. An economic (decision-making and labour issues) and management (business strategy and organizational issues) perspective is adopted in order to learn how to master this innovative technology and to figure out how it will shape our future!​

Learning Objectives :  ​
The participant will discover: ​
- the major areas of research in Artificial Intelligence and will gain insights on the way these technologies are changing and will transform our life. In the course several business cases will be illustrated.​
- how to interpret from an economic and business perspective the impact and the opportunities of these technologies. A practical framework with specific tools to understand the phenomenon will be provided.​
- how to build effective collective intelligent systems favouring an effective interaction between human and artificial intelligence.​

Business Model Workshop

Purpose :
This course has the objective to introduce to the techniques of describing and designing a relevant business model, exploring the antecedents and consequences of business model innovation and examine issues related to the implications for strategic decision making. ​
More specifically, the course will introduce the Business model concept to students. Then, it will show how to technically describe, create and design relevant business models. The course will first offer well-tested approach of business models : the building blocks and major patterns of business models. Second, it will explain the challenges related to business model innovation: the enablers and barriers to innovation, the role and evolution of business models in entrepreneurship, the challenges related to collaborative innovation business models.​

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Identify your Talents Workshop

ONLY AUTUMN 2020 SEMESTER

CAUTION : FOR NATIVE FRENCH SPEAKERS

Purpose :  ​
The aim is for students to identity their superpower, which is a unique contribution to society based on each individuals special talents. This workshop will provide answers to questions such as: What am I naturally good at (depending on your life path, your personal background)? What skills and career path would suit my superpower? The workshop is based on a method called ISMA TALENTS, a bottom-up approach to talents extraction for shedding light on possible futures. ​

Learning Objectives :  ​
Knowledge:  ​
The student is able to practice semantic analysis. ​
The student can reflexively engage in boosting their own potential and existing talents for better social contributions. ​

Competencies:  ​
The student, while practicing ISMA TALENTS develops empathy, awareness of strengths for each individual, a strong sense of talent detection. ​
The student is able to name and formulate clearly their own strengths and choose a career that fits their talents. ​

Game Design Workshop

ONLY SPRING 2021 SEMESTER

Purpose:
The main objective of the "Game Based Learning. From design to the learner experience" course, is to develop competencies for the analysis, design, pedagogical integration and evaluation of serious games and digital game based learning activities in an educational setting. Five transversal competences are developed through this course: critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving, creativity and computational thinking

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Digital Marketing Workshop

ONLY SPRING 2021 SEMESTER

Purpose:
The goal of this workshop is to better understand what is called digital marketing or web marketing. The ambition of this course is to discover this new type of marketing that surrounds and manages our digital life.

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Bibliography

Mandatory ​for Effectual Thinking Workshop:
- Effectuation.org​
- Effectual Entrepreneurship, Ed. Routledge

Schedule (updated on April, 13th)

Choose 3 workshops out of the list (mind the schedule!)

Autumn 2020

Date

Time slot

Room

Lecturers Workshop

15 Oct

09:00 - 13:00

Online on Zoom Eric Guerci and Samira Karrach Design Thinking

22 Oct

09:00 - 13:00

Online on Zoom

Eric Guerci and Samira Karrach Design Thinking

05 Nov

09:00 - 13:00

VIP room, SKEMA, Sophia-Antipolis Dominique Vian Effectual Thinking
12 Nov 09:00 - 13:00 VIP room, SKEMA, Sophia-Antipolis Dominique Vian Effectual Thinking
19 Nov 09:00 - 13:00 Online on Zoom Eric Guerci AI for Business Strategy
26 Nov 09:00 - 13:00 Online on Zoom Eric Guerci AI for Business Strategy
03 Dec 09:00 - 13:00 Vernassa Room, Saint Jean d'Angely, Nice Rani Dang Business Model
10 Dec 09:00 - 13:00 Vernassa Room, Saint Jean d'Angely, Nice Rani Dang Business Model
02 Dec 17:00 - 20:00 Vernassa Room, Saint Jean d'Angely, Nice Nelly Fouret and Dominique Vian Identify your talents (in French)
03 Dec 09:00 - 13:00 To be confirmed Nelly Fouret and Dominique Vian Identify your talents (in French)
10 Dec 09:00 - 13:00 To be confirmed Nelly Fouret and Dominique Vian Identify your talents (in French)
Spring 2021 (updated on April, 13th)
  Workshop      Lecturers     

Date

Time slot

Room
Digital Marketing
Frédéric Bossard

Feb 18 / CANCELLED

Feb 25

09:00 - 13:00 Teams
Mar 11 09:00 - 13:00 Teams
Design Thinking
Eric Guerci & Nelly Fouret Mar 18

09:00 - 13:00

Vernassa Room, Saint Jean d'Angely, Nice
Mar 25 09:00 - 13:00 Vernassa Room, Saint Jean d'Angely, Nice
Business Model
Rani Dang

Apr 1

09:00 - 13:00

Vernassa Room, Saint Jean d'Angely, Nice
Apr 8 09:00 - 13:00 Vernassa Room, Saint Jean d'Angely, Nice
Game Design
Margarida Romero Apr 15 08:00 - 10:30 Vernassa Room, Saint Jean d'Angely, Nice
Apr 22 09:00 - 13:00 Vernassa Room, Saint Jean d'Angely, Nice
Evaluation
Autumn 2020
Design Thinking Workshop
  • Individual (50 %): general behaviour (engagement throughout the session, diligence, punctuality, 21st century skills (creativity, complex problem solving, critical mindset, communication, …), quiz and test during the session, peer-to-peer evaluation.​
  • Collective (50 %): group project (incl. presentation).
Effectual Thinking Workshop
  • Individual (50 %): general behaviour (engagement throughout the session, diligence, punctuality, 21st century skills (creativity, complex problem solving, critical mindset, communication, …), individual experiment report, quiz and test during the session, peer-to-peer evaluation.​
  • Collective (50 %): group project (incl. outcome of the co-design, taxonomy workshop and presentation).
AI for Business Workshop
  • Individual (50 %): general behaviour (engagement throughout the session, diligence, punctuality, 21st century skills (creativity, complex problem solving, critical mindset, communication, …), quiz and test during the session, peer-to-peer evaluation.​
  • Collective (50 %): group project (incl. presentation).
Business Model Workshop
  • Individual (50 %): general behaviour (engagement throughout the session, diligence, punctuality, 21st century skills (creativity, complex problem solving, critical mindset, communication, …), quiz and test, peer-to-peer evaluation.​
  • ​Collective (50 %): group project (incl. presentation).
Identify your Talents Workshop
  • Individual: general behaviour (engagement throughout the session, diligence, punctuality, 21st century skills (creativity, complex problem solving, critical mindset, communication, cooperation…)
  • Individual written synthesis (learning log), peer-to-peer evaluation
     
Spring 2021

To complete this minor, students must attend 3 workshops. The participation of students is required in the integrality of the workshop.
An average of the 3 marks (between 0 and 20, coef. 1) greater than or equal to 10 is required to validate the minor.
Please refer to each workshop evaluation modalities in the "Summary" tab.