Objective

The secondary source of critical raw materials (CRM’s) becomes more and more important. Therefore it is necessary for civil servants, especially policy makers, students and manufacturers to learn more about waste management and CRM’s.For this a MOOC has been set up as a low threshold approach, followed by a hands-on course, with practical assignments and visits to leading companies in waste management, recycling and remanufacturing.

The solution (technology)

The secondary source of critical raw materials becomes more and more important. Therefore it is necessary for civil servants, especially policy makers, students and manufacturers to learn more about waste management in general and the newest developments. Because most of these professionals and students have a busy schedule, a MOOC has been set up. The MOOC focusses on the problems with CRM’s such as the issues of a resource resilient Europe and environmental problem of mismanagement discarded CRM’s. The MOOC also offers not only solutions but also interesting new business opportunities, by also focussing on psychology and waste collection systems, recycling systems and remanufacturing. The MOOC also touches the product design influencing options in recycling and remanufacturing, and links with circular economy.

A MOOC does have the draw-back that the attendees can not have hands-on experience. Therefore a matching 2-day course is set up, with practical assignments and visits to leading companies in waste management, recycling and remanufacturing. The MOOC is in English and for free. There are 6 lessons in 6 weeks, in which there is the opportunity for dialog, questions and discussions.

Partnership