Sustainability issues across educational disciplines in learning factories

6 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2022

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Tommy Hvidsten

Roskilde University; Høyskolen for Yrkesfag; Fagskolen i Viken

Frank Jørgen Vangen

Roskilde University

Esben Skov Laursen

UCN

Lasse Christiansen

UCN; Aalborg University

Date Written: April 4, 2022

Abstract

The learning factory is normally a venue for achieving learning outcomes on the detail and system level in the technical domain. Sustainability issues have often been treated as separate subjects from the core technical curriculum. Hence, learning has traditionally taken place in separate subjects and venues. However, the emerging practice of situated learning in model factories is paving the way for cross-disciplinary learning involving various subjects, thus meeting the industry’s increased demand for cross-disciplinary competence.

This article aims to contribute to the discussion within the field of cross-disciplinary learning in learning factories focusing on sustainability combined with technical product and manufacturing subjects. Through a discussion supported by two case studies from the leading manufacturing industrial clusters in Norway; Raufoss and Kongsberg, this article investigates how sustainability curriculum can be implemented in cross-disciplinary settings to strengthen the students’ learning outcomes in these issues.

This study demonstrates how learning outcomes concerning sustainability can be strengthened within the frames of a learning factory. Furthermore, it demonstrates the importance of proper task design, and how feedback can aid the student’s reflection on sustainability issues.

Keywords: Cross-disciplinary groups, Learning factory didactic model, Sustainability; Circular economy

Suggested Citation

Hvidsten, Tommy and Vangen, Frank Jørgen and Laursen, Esben Skov and Christiansen, Lasse, Sustainability issues across educational disciplines in learning factories (April 4, 2022). Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Learning Factories (CLF 2022), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4075268 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4075268

Tommy Hvidsten (Contact Author)

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Frank Jørgen Vangen

Roskilde University ( email )

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Roskilde, DK-4000
Denmark

Esben Skov Laursen

UCN ( email )

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Aalborg, 9220
Denmark

Lasse Christiansen

UCN ( email )

Sofiendalsvej 60
Aalborg, 9220
Denmark

Aalborg University ( email )

Aalborg
Denmark
27126810 (Phone)

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