HVL campus Stord, view from office

Kick-off-meeting in the AMiE-project Oct 15th-16th

The AMIE (Arts & Mindfulness in Education ) Consortium members gathered for the kick-off-meeting for the project on the 15th and 16th of October. The meeting was planned to be at HVL campus Stord, Norway, but due to the Covid-19, the meeting was online. The picture shows the view from project coordinator Jonas Selås Olsen’s office at HVL campus Stord, were the meeting should have taken place.

In the coming three years the AMiE seeks to provide European teachers with inspirational and supportive tools regarding the introduction of mindfulness in pre-primary and primary education.

AMiE uses the power of art and creative processes as a starting point for the introduction of mindfulness in a school context. The project aims to raise both school students’ and teachers’ skills in mindfulness and cultural and arts aspects.

The project is funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme.

Welcome to webinar: Art and school – in sustainable dialogue?

Thursday November 19 2020 at 10am-2pm CET the conference Art and school – in sustainable dialogue will be hosted as a zoom webinar. The webinar forms the closing event of the innovation research project School and concert – from transmission to dialogue.

Project results suggest radical alternatives to current transmission practices in the visiting arts program The cultural schoolbag. At the webinar, results will be presented as a backdrop for panel debates and reflection around future possibilities for cultural schoolbag activities. Recorded interviews with musicians and teachers who have been active at DiSko project schools will be presented, and during the day, representatives from different related institutions and environments will be active. These are e.g. participants in similar projects, people from regional production units and proponents of higher education. For some of the sessions, audience have the possibility to pose comments and questions.

The entire webinar is carried through in Norwegian language. The event is free, but participants must sign up by November 11. Please help us spread this information!

Sign up here!

GSO4SCHOOL to be presented at the #ErasmusDays 2020

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) will highlight #ErasmusDays 2020 – a celebration of the Erasmus+ Programme in Europe by arranging a live digital event open to all. 

Friday October 16th at 12.30 CET a panel interview will discuss how GSO4SCHOOL and two other projects coordinated by HVL can have impact on HEI and on the greater society, and which obstacles and possibilities exist in ensuring this.

Registration link to the event.

More information about the event at the HVL calendar.

Applications for external funding

Spring and early autumn 2020, the CASE center has been involved in a number of applications sent to various sources for external funding, such as the National Research Council in Norway (NFR), DIKU – the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education, H2020 and Erasmus+.

The reason for some of this intensified activity is the fact that several of our ongoing projects are in their final phases this year.

The DIKU-application “Studentactive and arts-based learning and assessment in teacher education” (SPREK) submitted in April, has a budget of NOK 7,5 mill and decisions are expected in October this year.

The applications to NFR was one research project and one cooperative project on “Creative pedagogies” with University of Exeter and Open University (UK) as important partners, each of the applications with a budget of approx NOK 16 and 18 mill and PhD-positions included.

Additionally, the CASE center has also taken part in one H2020 STEAM project with HVL as coordinating partner, and another one as a project partner.

One ERASMUS+-applications with HVL as coordinator has been sent, and three applications with HVL as a project partner, all with topics within STEAM-education.

Altogether CASE applications amount to over NOK 30 mill in fresh support from these sources in addition to internal funding if successful. So far, one ERASMUS+-project, “Arts and mindfulness in education“, AMiE (see previous Spotlight) has been successful, and we are currently crossing fingers for the others under evaluation coming up towards the end of the year, while continously considering new opportunities to enrich our research portifolio.

AMiE-project (logo to be designed soon)

New project granted by the Erasmus+-programme

The Erasmus+-programme Strategic Partherships for higher education has recently granted the project entitled Arts and Mindfulness in Education (AMiE). Project coordinator is the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), with project leader Jonas Selås Olsen. The project runs for 36 months, starting September 1st 2020.

The AMiE-project will provide European teachers with inspirational and supportive tools regarding the introduction of mindfulness in pre-primary and primary education (age 3-12). AMiE is unique in that it uses the power of art and creative processes as a starting point for the introduction of mindfulness in a school context.

The AMiE-consortium consists of three European higher education institutions, a private music school and a company specialised in STEAM, playful learning and mindfulness in an educational context:

  • AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland)
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Norway)
  • Curso de Música Silva Monteiro (Portugal)
  • Speel je wijs (the Netherlands)
Conference logo Dec 2020

Online STEAM-education conference December 1st-3rd 2020

HVL and the Casecenter is proud to present the online international STEAM-education conference with partners GSO4SCHOOL and CASE.

The conference will be a meeting point for educators, scientists, artists, researchers and policymakers within creativity in school education.

The projects Creativity, Art and Science in Primary Education (CASE) and Global Science Opera 4 School (GSO4SCHOOL), both funded by Erasmus+, will hold their partly joint online international conference December 1st to December 3rd. The main focus for the conference is creativity in STEAM education and the key note speakers are international experts in their field.

You can visit the conference page here.

Project work in times of the COVID-19-pandemic

The CASE center is involved in two ongoing Erasmus+-projects, both of them will be affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19-pandemic.

The CASE-project was supposed to have it’s final Summer School in Marathon, Athens, in July. All the Summer Schools in Marathon are cancelled due to the restrictions imposed and the ongoing public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. The project’s final International Conference, planned at Stord late August, has been postponed until December 1st-3rd. The Norwegian National Agency DIKU has accepted the project’s application for a four months extension of the project period, thus the project will run until December 31st.

The other ongoing ERASMUS+-project, GSO4SCHOOL, is also affected by the cancellation of the Summer Schools in Greece. The cancellation of the first Summer School in the project, with training of 12 teachers before their implementing of the GSO-approach in schools in Italy, Norway, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece, means that the concortium has to provide alternatives for the basic training of the teachers. The first GSO4SCHOOL International Conference was planned as a part of the GSO-festival in Bergen in September. The concortium now plan to coordinate the conference with the final conference in the CASE-project December 1st-3rd.

Hopefully, the «stay safe-stay home»-policy will make it possible to meet face-to-face by that time.


Seminar focus on DiSko findings and impact

Middle of February, active researchers, musicians and teachers connected to the DiSko project gathered at a hotel at Jeløy east of the Oslo Fjord.

The participants worked for two days presenting, discussing and interpreting results of the activities. Cyclus 2 research participants were asked to critique and improve a draft of the latest production report, while cyclus 1 musicians and teachers concentrated on a discussion over the project impact in schools.

The final discussion was arranged as a discussion of questions addressing consequences and impact of central findings in DiSko.

Read more (in Norwegian):




Postponed: GSO-festival September 6th-11th

The GSO-festival in Bergen September 6th-11th has been postponed until 2022, due to the COVID-19-pandemic situation.

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Postponed: CASE International Conference at Stord, Norway on August 26-28, 2020

The CASE International Conference at Stord is postponed until December 1st-3rd. See more at Spotlight.

The project Creativity, Art and Science in Primary Education (CASE), funded within the framework of the European Union Erasmus+ programme, will held its final international conference at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, campus Stord, August 26-28.

The conference will be an international meeting point for educators, scientist, artists, researchers and policymakers within creativity in school education.

Read more and register at the conference web-site: http://www.project-case.eu/case-conference/