SeAMK’s working life-oriented learning environments
SeAMK’s learning environments focus on fostering versatile operating methods and a diverse selection of facilities that promote and support learning. SeAMK’s pedagogical approach is research and development-oriented in nature and its goals are best achieved in learning environments that are as authentic as possible. Project-based learning activities that focus on working life and professional assignments play a key role in the creation of effective, multi-channel and multi-form learning environments. It is vital to ensure that learners are provided with the opportunity to operate in different physical, virtual and workplace-oriented simulation environments.
Purposeful learning environments facilitate the creation of applied competence and foster both individual and communal learning methods and channels. SeAMK’s learning environments help increase the agency of its students by emphasising learner-oriented approaches to learning, learning conducted outside the classroom, and up-to-date digital pedagogical solutions. SeAMK’s learning environments take individual learning methods and learners into account. In addition, SeAMK’s learning environments have been designed with various entrepreneurial education approaches in mind.
The SeAMK Digital Factory and the industrial internet laboratory that operates under it form a virtual learning environment where different machines, equipment and programmes can be designed and tested. It is used to educate learners about digital manufacturing and industrial internet technologies.
High-quality and versatile laboratories provide students with all the capabilities they need in their studies, research and assignments, and in the transition to working life. These facilities, combined with a versatile selection of devices, allow students to conduct their studies in a very practical manner. In addition to automation technology laboratories, SeAMK also features laboratories in mechanical engineering and production, automotive and mechanical engineering, construction engineering, agriculture, and food and biotechnology.
Cultural studio spaces provide a diverse set of tools for audio-visual creations, presentations, conceptualisation work, as well as graphic and product design.
SeAMK’s simulation environments allow students of agriculture and social and health care to develop their practical expertise. These environments let students simulate practical scenarios as accurately as possible.
In virtual business operations, business students work in teams to set up their own virtual companies for a year and operate them much like a real company.
In project learning environments, students apply their multidisciplinary professional competence right after their first year of study through authentic professional assignments.
• SeAMK’s Innovation Week is attended by all first-year students. In it, students are divided into multidisciplinary groups that solve authentic professional Design Thinking-oriented assignments
• In the Technology Project Workshop, students form teams and develop their technical competence and project management skills
• In SeAMKPro studies, students continue working in professional multidisciplinary projects worth five credits each
At the Prikka teaching restaurant, students prepare and serve meals and learn to manage increasingly comprehensive activities. When working as supervisors, students can lead the rest of the team and plan meal themes.
At the entrepreneurial teaching farm in Ilmajoki, students familiarise themselves with agricultural production processes and technologies and develop their competence in the agricultural sector.
The Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach used in physiotherapy training provides a workplace-oriented approach throughout the learning process. The Living Lab activities in the social and health care sector also offer new channels for integrating working life with one’s studies. Studification is a study method used in all fields that allows students to utilise their work and recreational experiences in the development of their competence.
The SeAMK Business Hub allows students to develop their business ideas during their studies. SeAMK students and staff can also participate in the SeAMK Cooperative, established in 2020.