Project: School as a Service (SaaS)
Location: Group X, Department of Architecture, Aalto University
Partners: City of Espoo, Human Cities
Participants: Jarmo Suominen, Antti Ahlava, Fernando Nieto, Saana Rossi, Mia Hertsberg
Role: postdoctoral researcher within Group X
Recognitions: Award winner of the series of education innovations in the Finnish Quality Innovation Competition (2016). Award winner in the international Quality Innovation Award competition in the category of education sector (2016). Human City Design Award 2019 by Seoul Design Foundation and City of Seoul (2019)
School as a Service (SaaS) is not defined by traditional ideas of buildings and spaces. It is agile and inspiring network of new and existing local resources. SaaS idea is based on Service Dominant Logic, where students in this case are seen as active participants of the learning processes, and goods (as buildings) have instrumental value to support learning. SaaS solution is based on digital technologies, new methodologies for learning and services designed to support network of resources rather than independent buildings. SaaS is focusing on developing and designing new learning activities and environments for digital natives. The City of Espoo has decided to develop a fully functioning pilot for networked learning ecosystem based on SaaS idea on Otaniemi campus in collaboration with Aalto University.