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CESE – Center for Excellence in Sustainability Education

Hedmark University of Applied Sciences

Concept:

CESE’s vision is to create a pyramid learning for sustainability, meaning learning communities focused on students experiencing a complete and integrated knowledge pyramid with education, research, innovation and communication. The centre aims to create candidates who will contribute to the ‘Green Shift’ and become entrepreneurs for sustainable development.


Strengths and weaknesses:

The application shows that the small campus is doing reasonably well, and it presents some evidence of excellence in existing provision, having a holistic approach to cultural change and educational community. There are strong input factors and there is clear evidence of a vibrant and active educational community that is ambitious and committed to further development. There seems to be a community with a strong distinctive ethos.

The application describes a solid, but standard approach to R&D-based education, where students are exposed to staff research and carry out research-based bachelors or masters theses. There is a focus on using active teaching and learning methods, and exposing and engaging students with potential employers and other stakeholders. It is also positive that strategies to encourage a culture of quality and engagement among students are emphasized.

The aim to develop a ‘Pyramid Learning Community’ based on research, innovation, education and communication is clearly set out at a general level. There is a good sense of identity and purpose in the centre, with a promising model. The stated intention to integrate all students into the learning community is a positive feature. However, there is insufficient evidence for integrating students and bringing about student engagement.

With regard to the existing provision, the centre is promising based on the track record and input factors. The detailed conceptualisation of this model is however lacking. Documentation on process factors is underdeveloped and there is insufficient evidence of outcome factors. The issues regarding the centre’s strategies and plans for development and innovation is underspecified. There is also a lack of clarity on planned actions. The application presents good ideas, and the model is promising, but the centre plan needs more detailed conceptualisation and elaboration of substance.


Points to consider:

  • How will the governance and management arrangement be set up to deliver the end result?
  • At the end of the project, what will the students be able to do? What are the outcomes?
  • How can students be involved and engaged in developing the pedagogy and learning community?
  • How is the proposed centre innovative and linked to international developments and research?

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