Fostering learning with challenge-based innovation in higher education: case CERN Bootcamp


  • Jukka Ojasalo Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Vanha maantie 9, Espoo, Finland; University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Johannesburg, College of Business and Economics, South Africa
  • Virpi Kaartti Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Vanha maantie 9, Espoo, Finland; University of Johannesburg, College of Business and Economics, South Africa



CBI Challenge-based innovation, higher education, service design, design thinking, significant learning, CERN Bootcamp


This article presents findings on learning with challenge-based innovation (CBI) in higher education. It describes how different dimensions of Significant Learning are enhanced with challenge-based innovation among multidisciplinary students in higher education. It is based on a case study on designing and implementing a master’s-level course for learning service design by solving societal challenges related to United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDG) with challenge-based innovation at  CERN IdeaSquare. As a result, this article describes how the case CBI enhances Significant Learning, and what is critical for instructors and organizers of challenge-based innovation.



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How to Cite

Ojasalo, J., & Kaartti, V. (2021). Fostering learning with challenge-based innovation in higher education: case CERN Bootcamp. CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 5(1), 11–21.