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

Author(s): Matthias Barth | Simon Burandt

Journal: Sustainability
ISSN 2071-1050

Volume: 5;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 2609;
Date: 2013;
Original page

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

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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