No. 6

October 25, 2017

MOOC 'How to generate innovative ideas and how to make them​ ​work'

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BizMOOC project offers a new free MOOC, 'How to generate innovative ideas and how to make them​ ​work', that will start on November 13th and it lasts 6 weeks, with approximately 5 hours of study time each week.

The content of this MOOC is centred around generating innovative ideas and making them work. Along with the main aim of teaching idea generation strategies and tools to exploit them, it will also teach relevant skills such as critical thinking and problem solving.

Over the course of the six weeks, you will learn about idea generation and innovation. The course is split into six sessions of five hours each. Each session will contain both learning and assessment sections, with an opportunity to present an innovative idea at the end. Participants will be invited to generate their own innovative idea and share them in online collaborating teams.

What will you learn about in this MOOC?

After finishing this course you should be able to:

  • Understand creativity as a human innate capacity
  • Stimulate the deployment of your creative potential
  • Work with a range of different techniques to generate ideas
  • Apply strategies and techniques for effective problem solving
  • Learn from failure
  • Define approaches and criteria for evaluating and selecting ideas

Registration  is now open. To enrol, please go to: http://bit.do/bizMOOC2

1st International Conference of the Latinamerican Social Innovation Network

LASIN conference participants.

The 1st International Conference of the Latinamerican Social Innovation Network took place in Panama City, Panama, on September 28th and 29th, 2017. It was organized by the Erasmus+ funded project LASIN, in which the University of Alicante is a partner.


The Conference brought together over 150 participants from Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Germany, Honduras, Spain, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the United States and Venezuela. In several plenary and parallel sessions, the participants were able to discuss on a wide range of areas related to social innovation, for example “How can social innovation be measured, scaled-up, transferred or sustained?”, “How can universities support social innovation?”, “Social innovation theories and practices in Latin America”, “Social innovation and the Environment”, “Social innovation and people: education and employment”, “Social innovation and people: cohesion”, “Social innovation and technology” or “Social innovation in art and culture”.


The University of Alicante was represented by Prof. Javier Mira and Víctor Climent (GIPE), who gave presentations in the sessions on inclusion of social innovation in the Social Work curriculum of the UA and on the perception of Spanish citizens on social vs technological innovation, respectively, and by OGPI senior project manager Cristina Beans who chaired the session on Education and Employment.


The participants all deemed the Conference a great success, with many experiences exchanged, new relationships forged and old ones reinforced, and wishing to join the Latinamerican Social Innovation Network (if they weren’t already members). All are ready to return for the 2nd International Conference which will take place in Columbia in September 2018.


FREE Network project partners in a Cluster meeting in El Salvador

Free Network project meeting in El Salvador. 

Last 2nd October the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), which manages different EU education programmes on behalf of the European Commission, organised a cluster meeting for all Salvadoran Higher Education Institution partners of selected Capacity Building for Higher Education (CBHE) projects. Representatives from Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador (UTEC) and Universidad de El Salvador (UES) attended the meeting on behalf of the FREE Network project coordinated by the University of Alicante.

The main aim of meeting, that took place at the Dr. José Mauricio Loucel Campus of UTEC, El Salvador, was to seek synergies and identify the different challenges and best practices. The following topics were addressed:

  • 5The role of the partner: level of involvement and ownership of the project
  • The process of the Grant Agreement: negotiation, contents
  • Internal and external visibility of the project

Representatives of 6 CBHE projects implemented in El Salvador, attended the meeting. Institutions such as the Ministry of Education, UTEC, UES, Universidad Don Bosco, Universidad Evángelica, Universidad Centroamericana José Simón Cañas and other Higher Education Institutions shared their experience in the implementation and management of projects under the Eramus + programme.

Deans from thirteen countries attend the 6th edition of the International Course of Deans of Latin America

Some of the participants in the International Course of Deans.

25 deans from Latin American universities in Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru met yesterday at the University of Alicante to participate in the second module of the International Course of Deans of Latin America. The course is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Conference of Rectors, within the DIES Program of Management, with the aim of developing and strengthening capacities and acquiring specific knowledge to enable them to better manage their Higher Education Institutions. 

According to the director of the course at the UA, Joaquín Marhuenda, "during the next week the working days will focus on the development of Module 2 on Quality and Accreditation, Strategic Planning and Financial Management and Search for funding opportunities with the aim of presenting and to describe the good practices of each European university so that the representatives of Latin American universities can apply the knowledge in their institutions. " José Vicente Cabezuelo, Director of the Iberoamerican Campus of the UA, has highlighted the good harmony between the participating institutions.

In addition, this module taught by the University of Saarlanders and the University of Alicante will serve to establish the basis of the general programming of the Strategic Plan for SAP action, which runs until the end of the course.