Option 4: Design an academic program on the topic of circularity connected to academic research centers, regional community, or tailored to a specific industry sector.
The learning design develops expertise in a particular discipline but the curriculum is highly innovation focused. The curriculum furthermore focuses on a particular industry sector, includes primary research activities, and works closely with the relevant community and/or industry advisory board. Authentic learning tasks are woven throughout the curriculum to cross pollinate ideas, innovation, and solutions between the classroom and the real world. Ideally, this initiative directly supports the mission of one or more of the universities initiatives and research centers.
Disciplinary or interdisciplinary graduate students in disciplines such as
- applied and professional degrees: business, economics, construction, healthcare, manufacturing, information technology
- design studies
- environmental sciences
- policy studies
- organizational / systems leadership
- STEM, etc.
Benefits of this approach
Option 4 offers SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS
- addresses the need for higher education to move towards a learner-centered paradigm that offers authentic learning experiences
- offers the university an innovation/ circularity focused curriculum
- supports ties to local community and industry partners
- maps curriculum, provides learning outcomes assessments
- develops learning outcomes analytics as a part of instructional design services to support accreditation requirements
- strengthens university relationship with external partners
- serves the local community and industry
- makes higher education socially responsive
- builds social capital