Based on vision and policy

 At institutional level

Higher education institutions can facilitate co-creation by having a pertinent explicit vision and associated policy in place at the institutional level, which are linked to its general philosophy and strategy. This may have a range of positive effects, such as (1) staff understanding the importance of co-creation; (2) allocation of resources to boost co-creation competencies; (3) a clear appeal to the professional field to engage in co-creation with the higher education establishment or one or more of its entities; and (4) the entire higher education establishment transitioning towards stronger co-creation.

The educational concept of PXL University of Applied Sciences and Arts revolves around authenticity, innovation, and co-creation. Translated into the educational context, this concept means that each programme is actively involving the professional field, thus achieving co-creation and providing a rich learning environment via, e.g., authentic projects. To support the design process, PXL University of Applied Sciences and Arts has opted for developing a model of its own, in which authentic context, authentic learning tasks, professional processes, reflection, and articulation of the thought process are explicit elements.

Within Odisee University of Applied Sciences, co-creation and co-creation competencies form part of the solution to the complex issues of a VUCA world. This principle is anchored in its Vision 2027 and in the Institution-wide Framework for Curriculum Construction. In relation to the fourth design principle in this framework, “Actively learning in authentic and co-creative contexts”, the institution explicitly states that all its programmes must embed a growth path and a progressive pursuit of co-creation in their curricula.

At programme level

Similar to the institutional level, an explicit vision and policy at the programme level can be leading in terms of co-creation with the professional field.

Community-driven education provided by PXL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (PXL-Digital department) using the iSpace incubator: rather than building bridges between the world of education and the business world, the day-to-day practices of the business community and of the knowledge centres are being integrated into the programme. The programme structure revolves around collectively creating education for and by the community of junior colleagues, colleagues, businesses, and researchers. The programme offers a rich and challenging learning environment via realistic projects, fed from contextual queries from the professional field and from society. The projects are problem-driven, enrich previous learning experience, and offer the possibility of applying knowledge and skills in an authentic context.