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Join the ThreeC-MOOC

ThreeC consortium invites you to join the ThreeC – MOOC ( = Massive Open Online Courses)

The EMMA-project has provided the EMMA-Platform to our course.

The course is aimed to everybody who works in education and wants to know more about circular economy. The course will run for 4 weeks, 1h course + 2 homework per week, and will include access to the EMMA online platform, a weekly menu of recommended reading, videos, links to further information, circular economy quizzes

You can follow the course also after the 4 weeks pilot run at any time.

To enroll : go to

Sign up and select the course Circular economy.   Enroll for the course


Lesson 1. General introduction on Circular economy

Lesson 2 A didactical approach for education for a circular economy

Lesson3. Sequence of assignments

Lesson 4. Case studies

  •  Drinking package. A sequence of lessons conducted in Lambertus scholen (Belgium)
  • Practice 2. Fashion design. A serious of lessons conducted in ROC Tilburg (Netherlands)
  • you’ll learn what circular economy means;
  • you’ll be introduced to competencies for a circular economy;
  • you’ll learn how circular-economy-competencies can be achieved;
  • you’ll experience how such a learning process can be conducted;
  • • you’ll be introduced to examples of ThreeC school practices.

Author: Martin de Wolf

Martin de WolfMartin de Wolf works at Fontys University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands) as a geography teacher trainer and coordinator of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). He was involved in many ESD-projects in the Netherlands, published geography schoolbooks and a book for higher education about ESD.
COAUTHOR : Alexandra Baldaque

Three C You tube movie on the 9 steps didactical approach

Fontys University, partner in the Three C project, has developed a so called ‘ nine steps didactic approach’ to help teachers develop teaching materials on topics related to circular economy.

This nine steps approach has  been introduced at the Three C training course (Tallin April 2015)

Two students of Fontys University created the video. Matin De Wolf, teacher trainer at Fontys University is introducing the video

ThreeC-circular-economy-pilot-project. Westerlo 16-20 March 2015


The aim of this project was to design a circular alternative to the linear production of drinking package. The project was divided in three steps (3 days):

  • First day: introduction, orientation and brainstorming
  • Second day: redesign a drinking package, preparing poster and Pitch (2 minutes speech)
  • Third day: poster presentations, pitches, assessment by the jury

Tim Favier, educational researcher of Fontys. observed the lessons. Eefje Smit, teacher trainer at Fontys, was present at the end presentations and pitch.

Feedback on design by Eefje Smit
Feedback on design by Eefje Smit

Listening to presentations
Listening to presentations

Agreement in fulfill
Agreement in fulfill

Designing a product
Designing a product


Presenting poster
Presenting poster
Westerlo students and teacher Hedwige Vangerven (second row at the left)
Westerlo students and teacher Hedwige Vangerven (second row at the left)

Presentation of ThreeC pilot project

On February 23, three students (biology and geography) of Fontys University of Applied Science, presented their ideas for a ThreeC-circular-economy-pilot-project. They designed and developed the project in cooperation with Eefje Smit (teacher trainer at Fontys) and Hedwige Vangerven (economy teacher at Vrije St-Lambertusschool in Westerlo, Belgium).

The students chose drinking packages as the main subject for the pilot project. Drinking packages are used a lot in schools, while they deliver a lot of waste. A drinking package consists of several different layers: carton and plastics. Why is that, to which manner can we consider this as a problem and how to make us of sustainable materials? That are questions that will be answered by the secondary school students in Westerlo. After analysing the situation, they will redesign a drinking package. A jury, together with an expert of the Dutch Packaging Association, will judge the results.

The pilot project will be conducted from 16-20 March 2015 and evaluated by Tim Favier, educational researcher of Fontys. The results of the evaluation and recommendations will be used to improve the ThreeC didactical approach.

The exercise book for the pilot project (in Dutch) can be seen here.

slide presentation pilot project

Preparation of ThreeC educational pilot project

foto pilot project westerloOn December 8, three students of Fontys University of Applied Sciences started with the design and development of a ThreeC educational pilot project for the Vrije St-Lambertusschools in Westerlo. They met Hedwige Vangerven, teacher of economics and project partner of ThreeC, who explained her expectations for the educational project. Since then, the students organised weekly project meetings (see photo) together with Eefje Smit, lecturer of geography at Fontys and specialized in sustainable development. Eefje Smit supports the students with the transfer of circular economy content and ThreeC teaching strategies into one project. They chose ‘packaging’ as the business case for the project.

On February 23, the students will present their first version of the project to involved project partners of ThreeC.

In March, the project be conducted in at the Vrije St-Lambertusschools in Westerlo. Tim Favier, researcher and lecturer at Fontys, will evaluate the project: what are the effects of the teaching strategies? Based on the experiences of Hedwige Vangerven, the students, Eefje Smit and the advices of Tim Favier, the ThreeC teaching strategies can be further developed.