Climate University Challenges

Climate University is a project of 11 universities to develop and foster higher education on climate change and sustainability in Finland in 2019-2020, in collaboration with working life and schools.

As part of the project, we collect concrete sustainability challenges from working life, to which multidisciplinary groups of university students could propose solutions to. Challenges should connect either to

1) climate change: solutions, emissions, adaptation, attitudes…

or

2) sustainable development: ecological, social, economic, or cultural…

For example, in Autumn 2018 the “Leadership for sustainable change” course (www.leadforsust.fi), our students designed concrete project plans for change leadership towards circular economy.

The challenge should consist of:

  • title of the challenge
  • collaboration partner and contact person
  • description of the challenge
  • possible special requests regarding the solution / collaboration / schedule etc.

Challenges can be in English or in Finnish. We are happy to help you in the formulation of the challenge. First round of challenges is collected by 5 April 2019.

One or more of the challenges will be chosen to the Climate University Turku workshop 7.-8.5.2019, where we present innovation pedagogy to the university teachers. If your challenge is chosen to the workshop, we wish you could participate the workshop to present your challenge and hear the solutions. Idea is to further develop this collaborative concept and incorporate all the challenges to suitable university courses.

To join Climate University Challenges, send your proposal to Laura Riuttanen (firstname.surname a helsinki.fi).

Next Climate University workshops – registration open

Climate University is a joint project of 11 universities in Finland to foster climate change and sustainability education. In 2019-2020, we will produce new online courses and materials on these topics and arrange workshops for university teachers and other collaborators. The first Climate University workshop was held in Helsinki in November 2018, and the next ones are taking place in Jyväskylä 29.3.2019, and in Turku 7.-8.5.2019.

The Jyväskylä workshop, “Teaching and learning for sustainable future”, concentrates on the outcomes of the Climate University assessment of needs which was conducted in February 2019. Based on the assessment, we will collaboratively come up with the initial idea of the new materials to be produced within the Climate University project. We will also hear local perspectives, and commentary from collaborators and experts of various fields. See program for more details.

In the Turku workshop, “Innovations in education for sustainable future”, we demonstrate phenomenon based learning in sustainability challenges, as well as innovation pedagogy for sustainability challenges from the work-life. We will also learn how to utilize methods of the futures studies in education for sustainable future. Finalized proposals for the new Climate University materials will also be presented for commentary by the Climate University community in the Turku workshop.

Registration for Jyväskylä workshop is open until 21.3.: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/F1A80ED27F8001D0

Registration for Turku workshop is open until 30.4.: https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/climate_uni

Climate University assessment of needs open until Feb 28

The Climate University project will produce two open online courses (or learning materials) of 5 cr, and additional, smaller (1-2 cr) extensions to existing materials. During 2019-2020 we also have 8 more workshops. To best answer your needs, we ask for your opinions and comments on what kind of materials and workshops are needed. We would also like to hear your opinions regarding the formation of a Climate University network, as well as your  ideas on collaboration with schools and businesses. 

Your answers and opinions are extremely important, as this assessment query supports the CU network in decision-making!

The Climate University assessment of needs is now open until 28th February 2019, and welcomes your contribution at: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/93639/lomake.html 

Parallel to that, for the users of Climate.now, we hope to hear of your user experiences. If you have attended or taught the Climate.now course, please answer the Climate.now feedback questionnaire at https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/95376/lomake.html (also until 28 February). This feedback is used to improve and update the course.

In case of comments or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Mikko & Laura

New forums for climate education

Climate University was presented at Educa forum in Helsinki 25.-26.1.2019 at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra’s Circular Campus stand. We presented the following online materials:

Figure: Laura Lakanen (LUT University) and Laura Riuttanen (University of Helsinki) presenting new online materials at Educa forum. 

Thank you for the kick-off!

Climate University was successfully kicked off 27.-28.11. in Helsinki. Warm thank you for all the 70+ participants, who enthusiastically took part in the city race, discussions on the future of the education, and co-designing of the education collaboration with schools, companies and the society! Collaboration is our key in solving climate change and sustainability crisis. More reports coming soon, so stay tuned. Now just: thank you all!

  

Photos by Stephany Mazon and Marko Huttula.

Welcome to kick-off Climate University!

We are proud to kick-off Climate University 27.-28.11. in Helsinki!

Welcome to explore together what are the grand challenges we want to solve together, and plan together what are we about to do during the coming two years. We invite all collaborators, especially university teachers of all fields, to the workshop.

Program includes:

  • project kick-off and planning
  • presentations of the already existing materials and idea behind
  • Climate.now teacher meeting and feedback for the material revision
  • innovation meeting with collaborating companies
  • kick-off of the collaboration with schools

Amount of participants is limited to 50, so register soon to ensure your place!

Program and registration: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/climateuniversity/workshops/ 

Multidisciplinary digital learning in sustainability challenges – flexible study paths to the working life

Climate change and other sustainability challenges are challenging the higher education. The problems are interdisciplinary and wide. As a humankind, we are in a great hurry and the newest knowledge needs to be transferred between research, education and working-life. Digitalization offers new and fast ways to transfer knowledge between academia, schools, and public as well as private sector of the society.

This project has got funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture. Until the end of 2020, we offer open workshops for university teachers to meet and codesign future sustainability education. We aim at bringing together professionals of different fields of academia, as well as public and private sector, and schools.

We also collect available learning materials and best practices of sustainability education to this web site and under the title Climate University.

Welcome to explore, and share your experience and views on how climate change and sustainability should be taught in higher education in Finland!   

 

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