eVIVA is about new ways of learning in Higher Education Institutes in relation to “Service Related Skills and Competences”. The consortium wants to promote the acquisition of these competences and assess and document how these competences develop at the interface between academia and business.

In its first year e-VIVA has developed and delivered a train the trainer course in Lisbon from 17th to 21st of June.


Envisaged Outputs are blended learning projects (concepts), developed in teams which will be transferred into reality in the partner countries.

The trainers worked in six intercultural teams on the design and conceptualisation of new services and products. We will make use of different concepts which shall be applied to the students’ courses in the home universities after the course:

  1. Design Thinking Methodology
  2. Blended learning
  3. Competence based learning and Competence validation

Blended Learning in eVIVA means that we apply mixed methodologies (face to face units, learning projects and e-Learning which will also contain validation of learning at the end.
All partners are expected to deliver in the framework of the project and the Lisbon course aims to prepare them to tackle this task successfully in a joint and comparable approach.

In Lisbon we used state of the art learning methods based on “Design Thinking” approaches and instruments.  This approach, in combination with the EntreComp competence framework of the European Commission, offers the best basis to creatively develop new ways to integrate “customers’ views, customer orientation and customer relation” in the future working spheres of the students.

The Lisbon Train-Trainer course was designed in such a way that all trainers practiced the development of ideas and innovative learning and teaching concepts by using Design Thinking in the course as well as COL and Validation.

We worked mainly in transnational intercultural teams which is an important point because at a later stage also your students are supposed to work in joint teams during their study visits.

The course ended with a self-assessment and validation based on the LEVEL5 approach which is similar to what is expected from the students in the pilot courses in the home universities.