University of Worcester Worcester Research and Publications

Digital Learning for Sustainability: An Interactive Magazine for Students, Academics and Expert Practitioners

Raghubansie, Antonius, Corbett, Wendy, Boom, Katy and Weaver, Lorraine (2015) Digital Learning for Sustainability: An Interactive Magazine for Students, Academics and Expert Practitioners. In: Integrative Approaches to Sustainable Development at University Level: Making the Links. World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE) . Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 3-17. ISBN Print: 978-3-319-10689-2 Online: 978-3-319-10690-8

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The complexity which underpins the evolving concept of learning for sustainability requires effective inter-disciplinary collaboration and networking to succeed. Developing a shared understanding and route maps for sustainability would not be feasible without the rapid advances in information technology, global access to information and the evolution of self-organised socio-technical networks. The University of Worcester in the UK has developed a learning elective programme (cross-faculty) for sustainability, which aims to build skills to enhance employability using innovative teaching and learning techniques. A new dimension to this innovative pedagogy is the development of an online magazine and virtual learning environment called susthingsout to promote and facilitate learning for sustainability in the wider undergraduate curriculum, including activities on campus and in the wider community. This paper outlines how this new platform has been co-created by students, academics and expert practitioners and how it supports the application of theoretical knowledge and learning to consolidate and enhance students' employment prospects. The main findings are that the model can be effective but it has to draw on a range of skills beyond disciplines, the institution and the classroom, a major challenge to established academic practice. Students developed a much wider understanding of sustainability, saw the issues come to life and felt that the experts who contributed was one of the strongest element. The requirement to work in teams for a live project was the most daunting but ultimately rewarding experience. Major issues to be addressed include steep learning curves (for all), cross-functional planning, managing issues beyond sustainability, marketing programme for external followers, providing safe spaces for students to make mistakes and better linkages to assessments and inputs.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: education for sustainable development, ESD, employability, innovative pedagogy, digital learning, trans-disciplinarity, SERG
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
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Depositing User: Antonius Raghubansie
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2019 14:10
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 14:14

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