Learning in a living lab: Knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do

Learning in a living lab: Knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do

This year, our learning director Zac Woolfitt, together with colleagues Mirthe van den Hee (Inholland University of Applied Sciences), Lieven Desomviele and Isabelle Vandevyvere (Artevelde University of Applied Sciences Ghent, Belgium), wrote a book about learning in a living lab.

From February 2024, ‘Learning in a living lab’ will be available in paperback from the publisher Owl Press (ISBN: 9789464778007).

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Embark on a vibrant journey of discovery with “Learning in a Living Lab: Knowing What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do.” Designed specifically for students in higher education stepping into the dynamic world of living labs, this engaging book is your passport to hands-on learning, creativity, and personal growth.

Authored by four passionate educators, from Artevelde in Belgium and Inholland in the Netherlands, this colourful guide has more than 300 pages of illustrations, models, exercises, and theory. Open the door to a world where theory meets practice, as you travel through the captivating chapters and real-life scenarios that make up this immersive experience.

From the foundations of living labs to the intricacies of interdisciplinary learning, “Learning in a Living Lab” provides a roadmap for success in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world. Each chapter shares new insights, helping you grow in your learning community, where creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving flourish.

Uncover the secrets of authentic leadership, delve into the art of design thinking, and explore the skills essential for the future. The book doesn’t just teach; it puts you in the driving seat as self-directed learner, ready to tackle challenges and succeed in the Living Lab environment.

Immerse yourself in the transformative journey of personal and professional development, from setting and achieving goals to mastering self-motivation and self-management. Discover the significance of assessment in a living lab and gain valuable insights into conducting research that truly makes a difference.

Why choose to learn in a Living Lab? Explore the tangible benefits, from enhanced employability to building resilience and succeeding in diverse teams. The book concludes with a section on research in a living lab, providing practical tools for your own field exploration and sense-making.

Whether you’re a student, educator, or lifelong learner, “Learning in a Living Lab” is your invitation to embrace uncertainty, think creatively, and thrive in the vibrant world of living labs. Turn the pages, unlock your potential, and redefine what it means to learn in the 21st century. Are you ready to take the plunge?

Zac Woolfitt

21 December 2023