Sustainability integration in a higher education computer science department – a case study


  • Michaela Schmidt NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Rares Cristea Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB)
  • Elena Parmiggiani NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Rune Hjelsvold NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Sustainability, Computer Science, Higher Education


Integrating sustainability into teaching practices in higher education is a challenge that is addressed both from the top down through institutional policies and from the bottom up through individual contributions. In this article, we present the ap-proach taken to integrate sustainability topics into the teaching practices of a computer science department at a Norwegian university. We provide an overview of the current state of the art and the results of interviews and focus group discussions with educators and researchers. Using a feedback-based approach, we de-velop an approach to engage relevant stakeholders in achieving desired learning objectives and highlight key areas that need to be addressed in order for faculty to integrate sustainability. We conclude with a set of solutions reported both in the literature and by members of the department.


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