Approach: something around how we would like to learn from other programmes about what they do and how we can improve, so we are showing what we do as a first step and hope that leads into a conversation around what others do and how we can learn from each other????
First programme offering in 2004/2005Now beginning our 6th year of studies~ 60 students per year,
First programme will be offered in 20102 year programme – Master of Science degreeApproximately 30 students per year, hopefully from a variety of different cultures and backgroundsWill appeal to Engineers, Industrial and Product Designers, and Industrial Economists
Msls presentation to elizabeth june2012
Pedagogical Approacheswithin the MSLS Programme atBTHBTH staff,June 2012
Sustainability Innovation Education10 years ago: Integrating environmental aspects into Mechanical Engineering Educated staff about sustainable development A mandatory basic course in sustainable development was developed and give to all students at Mechanical Engineering. Build-up research field “Sustainable Product Innovation”
Recognition of our Sustainability Education Report published in May 2009 Ranked BTH #1 in Sweden and #3 in Europe for engineering education for Sustainable Development
Master’s in Strategic Leadership towardsSustainabililty (MSLS) "The question of reaching sustainability is not about if we will have enough energy, enough food, or other tangible resources - those we have. The question is: will there be enough leaders in time?" - Dr. Göran Broman and Dr. Karl- Henrik Robèrt, programme founders
Master’s in Sustainable Product-Service-System Innovation (MSPI) Innovation Strategic Sustainable Development Innovation
Sustainability Distance Education• Currently 3 Sustainability Courses developed• Excellent success rate, especially with Master’s level course• For more information, please see: www.bth.se/sustainability
Industry Courses Aimed at the Professionals within one industry Mixture of distance education plus in-person workshops Run in collaboration with The Natural Step (International NGO)
Short, Professional Courses Now offering customised short courses (1-week, 2- week) Topics surround the basics of Sustainability and how your organization can contribute to sustainable development
Aspects of the MSLS programme Period structure 2 themes Learning loops Role of the staff ”The invitation”
Programme Overview Period 1 Period 2 Period 3/4: (Circles 1-3) (Circle 4) (Circle 5) Strategic Management for Sustainability (STM) Introduction to (7.5 credits) Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability Advanced Societal (15 credits) Thesis Project Leadership (ASL) (30 credits) (7.5 credits) or: Engineering for a Sustainable Society (ESS) (7.5 credits) --- Leadership Thread ---Aug. Nov. Jan. 18, June 4,2011 2011 2012 2012 Holiday Season: Dec. 19/09 – Jan 3/10*
Strategic Leadership towards SustainabilityTwo interconnected themes: Ability to A Framework ENERGIZE for Strategic change (org. Sustainable learning and Development leadership) (FSSD) … primarily content … primarily process We need both to adequately affect change!
Two themes, integrated throughfive learning circles... A Framework for Ability to Strategic ENERGIZE Sustainable change (org. Development learning and (FSSD) leadership) 1) Teaching 2) Coaching 3) Advising
Five Learning ‘Circles’ Expanding on key concepts: •‘Warm-up,’ then… •Circles 1 - 2: core concepts •Circles 3 - 5: in-depth on key issues/problem areas •Circles 3 - 4: External experts, various topics •Circle 5: Thesis
The invitation ... to something meaningful (trying to make the world a better place) Explicit about trying to provide alternative learning approaches, in a transdisciplinary setting, using a science based approach Clear that their year has the opportunity to be full of co-creation (they make what they want to get out of it), co-learning (we all learn together) Open Space session: What do we want to create together in the next 10 months?
Who attends? About 430 graduates to date (June 2012) 22-60 years of age, ave. age: 28-32 Typically represent 15-22 different nationalities More than 50 different countries have been represented Very active at BTH and in Karlskrona Significant media coverage, locally and globally Many alumni accepting excellent positions after graduating First alumni reunion/conference undertaken February 2009 in Australia
Successful ’design’ aspects Focus is on ’creating the right space’ When selecting applicants, we aim for diversity (age, culture, experience, background) ”Social learning”: We are all here to learn from one another, and they are their biggest resources From start to ’finish’ we treat them as one cohesive group. We are not a collection of courses, we are a programme.
Successful ’design’ aspects Staff – Student relationships Role modelling leadership and creation of the ’safe space’. (Constructive feedback, no ’wrong’ ideas, or stupid questions) Extremely high level of input on assignments Personal time with students (outside class) Student council allows a channel from students to programme team, and in general, our doors are open We aim for an early field trip for class and class-staff bonding
Successful ’design’ aspects The atmosphere of co-creation Open Space Progressively less ’control’ by the teaching staff over the programme. They are made aware of this from the beginning Students are empowered to host their own events (eg. Art of Hosting) Staff continually ask for students to take the lead on things (reading groups, organizing events, taking names of groups, collecting money, etc.)
Successful ’design’ aspects Structures that lead to good results Student council Learning lab Peer evaluations Lots of group work ’Required’ debriefs / lessons learned Reflective questions build into assignment, exams, etc. Real life projects Lots of opportunities to give feedback /input (course surveys, 3-week survey, periodic meetings, etc.)
Successful ’design’ aspects Alumni network Helps in finding jobs, resources, etc. Support network in general Raises money for scholarships Marketing for BTH Source of help for current students Mentoring program Coaches on STM projects
Other? Sustainability group Extra care/touch with has an ambition to be incoming/ applying world-class students Well connected with Marketing via Twitter, research / education Facebook, alumni networks, WiserEarth, We are mostly alumni, Blogs, videos, etc. quite young, international, and therefore can relate to what they are going through
Current Challenges Empowering people can lead to lots of ambitious students lots of commitments There seems to be never enough time (see above), especially for marketing and admission process We have a diverse and growing staff with no time for coordination / management. There are many projects on the go. Tuition fees impacted the numbers and mix of the students We have requests for partnerships, but don’t yet have a good way to engage (or the time) Students feel overworked (is this the content or the extra-curricular?) We are lacking Africa viewpoints Most staff have a ’western’ mindset Staff retention has been hard