In this article, I’d like to elaborate on how the circular economy can be approached in a learning environment by teachers and learners in what I call the “Integrated Learning Approach”, which addresses each of the aforementioned competences in one holistic design. The Integrated Learning Approach builds on the principles of experiential learning, with Kolb’s Learning Cycle of experiential learning as well as his notions of learning styles and team learning as the main conceptual foundations (Kolb, 2015)
How do we prepare (future) professionals to successfully reshape our economy and implement circularity?
The Circular economy is recently gaining attention, largely due to societal issues that different stakeholders are trying to address with circularity – called the society pull. On top of that, it comes to the many enablers who catalyze the implementation of a circular economy – called the enabler push.
Necessary conditions for a circular transition are knowledge development, knowledge dissemination and innovation. A lack of those elements can considerably slow down the transition.
In this article, we will disclose the world of the brain being the main organ of learning. Let’s first go back to our childhood, in which we experienced stimuli as a baby, asked “why?” as a toddler and built solutions as a child between 6 and 10 years old. These three stages are reflected in the building blocks of the brain (sensory neurons, interneurons and motor neurons) and in how we learn: by sensing, thinking and doing. Or as David Kolb put it into in his learning cycle: we need a concrete experience to start reflective observation and abstract conceptualization that result in active experimentation.
The circular economy can play an important part in building resilience to future crises, to survive shocks and live through disruptions such as a pandemic, water scarcity, or other climate change related crisis. However, before we dive into building resilience while transitioning to circularity, we will dive deeper into the concepts of circularity and the circular economy.
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences proves once again that their teaching approach is to make the experience for their students as close to the real world as possible. 160 students were asked to first manage the transition from a linear to a circular strategy of a virtual e-bike manufacturer in the circular strategy game, The Blue Connection. After that, real world application took place where they had do an MCI Business scan for an actual company!
Educators are doing a lot of the heavy lifting in safeguarding the quality of education for their students online. Lecturers Mag. Biljana Roljic, from the University of Vienna, and Patrick Willems, from the University of applied sciences UC Leuven-Limburg, share their experiences in delivering a course online with business simulation game, ‘The Fresh Connection’.
Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen (HAN) in The Netherlands and Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) in Finland organized a virtual competition around Supply Chain Finance for their logistics management and logistics engineering students. This was a great way to keep students in an international context, engaged, and learning online! Great job by professors Jan Jansen and Daniela Tanhua!
We develop Value Chain Leaders in both the corporate and the education sector! The key to successful development, we strongly believe, is breaking down organizational silos. By making professionals and students go through an experience in a team, they will leave with better understanding, critical skills development and above all: alignment.
The COVID-19 crisis has impacted education in many ways, like challenging universities to come up with alternatives for international exchange programs. Windesheim University of applied sciences teamed up with six European universities to host a Virtual Exchange Program in a 3D environment. Students will play The Blue Connection as part of a course. Get insights into this innovative way of offering students the benefits of international exchange!
The Fresh Connection voting session is a highly interactive tool developed to introduce The Fresh Connection to larger audiences. It is also an effective way to kick off training programs. Most educators have at least part of their classes online. It is a continuous challenge to motivate and engage students, especially online. Our Voting Session tool can be easily used to engage students online and in the class room.