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Evolution of an Interactive Online Magazine for Students, Academics and Expert Practitioners to Engage Students in ESD

Emblen-Perry, Kay and Evans, Sian and Boom, Katy and Corbett, Wendy and Weaver, Lorraine (2016) Evolution of an Interactive Online Magazine for Students, Academics and Expert Practitioners to Engage Students in ESD. In: 3rd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities - Designing Tomorrow’s Campus: Resiliency, Vulnerability, and Adaptation, 14th -16th September 2016, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Urgency to embed awareness of sustainability principles and practice across society, and need for digital literacy and advocacy for sustainability are reshaping ESD. These, together with developments in learning and teaching, demand new tools to support implementation of project-based learning and more interactive approaches. This investigation explores the evolution of susthingsout.com, an online magazine for students, academics and expert practitioners, developed by the University of Worcester. This comprises two parts; the first, a private site specifically for students involved in sustainability learning on-campus; the second, an open-access site developed to deliver sustainability information and good practice across campus, community and not-for-profit and commercial organisations. This paper involves only the private site i.e. the equivalent of an in-house VLE specifically designed to support the teaching of sustainability to multi-disciplinary first and second year undergraduate students. It reports on the progress of the VLE, following three years of use and initial improvements, in terms of the student support and engagement, as well as considering the practical issues affecting these. The results fall into four categories of pedagogical, operational, cultural and external factors, which are synthesised to capture and share emerging knowledge of good practice offering insights to other developers of online sustainability materials.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: interactive online magazine, students, academics, expert practitioners, multi-disciplinary, Education for Sustainable Development,(ESD), digital literacy
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Kay Emblen-Perry
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2016 14:19
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 15:48
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4915

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