Learning Outcomes in Challenge Based Master’s Theses for Sustainable Development at Chalmers University of Technology
Conference contribution, 2015
Challenge based learning (CBL) is a multidisciplinary approach that encourages students to work actively with peers, teachers, and stakeholders in society to formulate relevant questions, identify complex challenges, and take action for sustainable development. The first Challenge Lab at Chalmers started as a Master’s thesis course and has now been running for two years. Challenge Labs around the world, similar to the one at Chalmers, have the potential to work as student driven transition arenas. In this paper the learning outcomes of the two first years have been evaluated. The aim is to give input to the continued development of the Chalmers Challenge Lab and to similar projects at other universities. The results show that Challenge Lab students perceive that they have developed deep skills in: ability to identify, formulate and manage complex problems in a critical, independent and creative manner from an overall perspective; and ability to identify which problems need to be addressed to observe sustainable development. Additionally, the students perceive that they have developed skills in working across disciplines and with stakeholders, which is not offered or usually developed in traditional Master’s theses.
Challenge based learning