With CARPE-ESSENCE we want to contribute to the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems as outlined in the 2011 EU Modernisation Agenda, and to promote the take-up of practical entrepreneurial experiences in education, training and youth work. The topics, key-objectives and expected impacts of the project are:

• (Inter)Regional dimension and cooperation:
ESSENCE aims at accelerating the design, development and uptake of viable solutions for sustainable cities by enhancing cooperation between HEIs and regional authorities such as municipalities, incubators (e.g. by introducing an international Sustainable City student competition and a Start-Up competition for students). The expected impacts include: an increased sustainability in urban areas, an increased collaboration between regional authorities, businesses and HEIs, an increased employment and new business opportunities.

• Environment & climate change:
ESSENCE aims at developing a joint international course programme on creating sustainable cities, involving HEIs and regional authorities. ESSENCE aims at disseminating large parts as open course ware and setting an example for other regions. The expected impacts include: reinforced study programs on sustainable cities, more sustainable city areas, an increased employability of graduates, and the generation of new business opportunities.

• New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses:
ESSENCE aims at investigating, exchanging and testing best practices of innovative teaching approaches, blended learning, distance learning, flipped classroom and ICT methods, and to implement those in a joint course (30 ECTS) on creating sustainable cities. The main expected impact of the project includes an increased uptake of innovative teaching approaches leading to the modernization of HEI education.

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Blended learning
is a mix of face-to-face education, on-line learning and workplace learning.

All didactic material will be put on the Electronic Learning Environment. Yet when teaching courses, face-to-face teaching is anticipated as well. The open on-line course is evolved for the use of blended learning, where students of the CARPE partners work together through ICT tools, such as social media, video conferencing and live streaming. Each Institute of Higher Education (HEI) has to be capable to use the material in a blended learning programme.

The connection from the Open Educational Resouces (OER) material to a blended learning workspace, will be worked out in Utrecht with the infrastructure as needed in a working course management system, and tried out in several learning activities.