Using e‐learning for student sustainability literacy : framework and review

DIAMOND, Susannah and IRWIN, Brian (2013). Using e‐learning for student sustainability literacy : framework and review. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 14 (4), 338-348.

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Abstract

Purpose– The paper aims to explore staff practices in using e‐learning to embed sustainability literacy, highlight best practice and determine areas for improvement.

Design/methodology/approach– A framework of four areas for developing student sustainability literacy (SSL) was proposed as a basis for analysing practice. A literature review then explored the extent to which e‐learning is used to support embedding SSL in the curriculum, and the types of e‐learning currently in use for this.

Findings– E‐learning tools were most frequently used to provide flexible access to information, followed by support for communication and collaboration, and were less frequently used for the development of specific skills, personal identity and confidence.

Research limitations/implications– The sample of case studies provided only limited evidence. A survey of practitioners could be undertaken to explore and validate the issues raised by the literature review.

Practical implications– The review highlighted scope for a pedagogical shift away from using e‐learning for information delivery and practical communication, and towards supporting rich, student‐centred forms of learning in both blended and distance learning modes.

Social implications– This shift would create more powerful learning experiences for students, more effectively develop students' personal identities and skills, and yield graduates who are more confident in their ability to create more sustainable futures.

Originality/value– This paper will be of value to academic staff and educational developers looking to develop practice in embedding SSL in teaching and learning, and to harness the potential of e‐learning.

Keywords: Skill development, Pedagogy, E‐learning, Learner identity, Student‐centred, Sustainability literacy

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Skill development, Pedagogy, E‐learning, Learner identity, Student‐centred, Sustainability literacy
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Learning Enhancement and Academic Development
Identification Number: 10.1108/IJSHE-09-2011-0060
Depositing User: Brian Irwin
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2015 09:05
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 12:11
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10755

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