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Adding the “e-” to Learning for Sustainable Development: Challenges and Innovation

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  • Matthias Barth

    () (Institute for Competence Development, University of Applied Science Ostwestfalen-Lippe, An der Wilhelmshöhe 44, 37671 Höxter, Germany)

  • Simon Burandt

    () (Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Communication, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Scharnhorststraße 1, 21335 Lüneburg, Germany)

Abstract

Education for sustainability (EfS) poses new challenges to higher education as it necessitates various shifts: from teacher- to learner-centered pedagogies, from input- to output-orientation and from a focus on content to problem-solving and process orientation. E-learning, which follows the principles of situated, constructivist learning, addresses some of these challenges and offers opportunities to design powerful learning environments for EfS. In this conceptual paper, we elaborate characteristics of such e-learning environments that support competence development and education for sustainability. To illustrate and support our line of reasoning we use three mini case studies of our own educational praxis and critically discuss opportunities and threats of such e-learning settings.

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  • Matthias Barth & Simon Burandt, 2013. "Adding the “e-” to Learning for Sustainable Development: Challenges and Innovation," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 5(6), pages 1-14, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:5:y:2013:i:6:p:2609-2622:d:26412
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    1. Zehui Zhan & Patrick S.W. Fong & Hu Mei & Xuhua Chang & Ting Liang & Zicheng Ma, 2015. "Sustainability Education in Massive Open Online Courses: A Content Analysis Approach," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(3), pages 1-27, February.

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    Keywords

    education for sustainable development; e-learning; higher education; intercultural communication; interdisciplinarity; self-directed learning; problem-oriented learning; collaborative learning;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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