Sustainability

Sustainability and Business Innovation

07 April 2014

Conducting business in more sustainable ways becomes increasingly relevant today and a “must-have” in the future. The sustainability megatrend is driven by a growing population, accelerating urbanization, resource intensity, government regulation, climate change, and – most importantly – by the fact that consumers are increasingly demanding healthy, affordable, as well as socially and environmentally responsible products. Organizations react by implementing more sustainable practices to grow their business, to attract the best talent and to remain relevant to their investors.

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Sun, Wind, Water, Earth, Life, Living

25 October 2013

The course aims is to understand the relation between urban design and planning and the aspects of: - sun, energy and plants - wind, sound and noise - water, traffic and other networks - earth, soil and site preparation - life, ecology and nature preservation - living, human density, economy and environment.

These themes in sustainable urban engineering are related to legends for design, described in a wide variety of lecture papers (720 pages, 1000 figures, 200 references, 5000 key words, 400 questions), accompanied by interactive Excel computer programmes to get quantitative insight. The assignment is an evaluation of an own earlier and future design work integrating sun, plantation, wind, noise, water, traffic, earth, land preparation, cables and pipes, life, natural differentiation, living, density, environment and proposing new legends for design.

 

The student:

- is able to link urban interventions to urban development technology and within that interrelate urban designers to relevant technical specialists

- is able to integrating sun, plantation, wind, noise, water, traffic, earth, land preparation, cables and pipes, life, natural differentiation, living, density, environment

- is able to develop new legends for design from the perspective of sustainable urban engineering

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Climate Change: From Science to Lived Experience

24 October 2013

Welcome to the pilot presentation of the curriculum resources that have been prepared by the European Union-funded project: ‘The lived experience of climate change: e-learning and virtual mobility’, or ‘Leche’ for short (with apologies to Spanish speakers where the acronym translates as ‘milk’). I am sure that none of us need telling that climate change represents a huge global challenge. These curriculum resources and what you, the students, learn from, and bring to them, are a contribution to meeting that challenge.

Contenidos

  • Guía del curso.
  • Libro de texto del Módulo 1: "Introduction to climate change in the context of sustainable development"
  • Libro de tareas del Módulo 1: "Introduction to climate change in the context of sustainable development"
  • Libro de texto del Módulo 2: "The lived experience of climate change"
  • Libro de tareas del Módulo 2: "The lived experience of climate change"
  • Libro de texto del Módulo 3: "Interdisciplinary methodologies for investigation into the ‘lived experiences’ of climate change"
  • Libro de tareas del Módulo 3: "Interdisciplinary methodologies for investigation into the ‘lived experiences’ of climate change"
  • Caso práctico "Water case study on the Nile and Rhine river basins"
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TVE

21 October 2013
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Reframing Rio

07 October 2013

It has been 20 years since the first Rio Earth Summit put sustainable development on the agenda, but what has happened since? More importantly, what still needs to be done?

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ENO Programme Association

27 September 2013
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ENO-Environment Online

27 September 2013

Environment Online- ENO is a global virtual school and network for sustainable development. The ENO Programme website has a section for teachers to get some ideas, material and pedagogical background for ENO themes.

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eLearning Africa 2013 programme revealed

22 May 2013

Sharing the best practices of sustainable classroom computing: join experts from Zambia, Lesotho and the UK in the eLearning Africa interactive session chaired by Dell's David Angwin http://bit.ly/10kBPJj.

 

To know the whole programme, please visit the following address: http://www.elearning-africa.com/programme_table.php

 

Notes for editors

eLearning Africa, 8th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training

May 29 - 31, 2013

Safari Conference Centre, Windhoek, Namibia

Organisers: ICWE GmbH (www.icwe.net), Government of the Republic of Namibia

 

Contact

ICWE GmbH, Ms Rebecca Stromeyer

 

info@elearning-africa.comwww.eLearning-africa.com, Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0

 

The eLearning Africa Team
 

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eLearning Africa 2013 - Innovation or Sustainability: the Choice for African Education

22 May 2013

Four controversial experts will take part in "a bare-knuckle fight" about priorities for African education at this year's eLearning Africa Debate. Outspoken Scottish entrepreneur and blogger Donald Clark and Namibian teacher and eLearning expert Maggy Beukes-Amiss will square up to "mobile technology crusader" Adele Botha and Angelo Gitonga of the ICT for Education Unit of Kenya's Ministry for Education at the annual war of words. They'll be arguing about whether too much attention has been paid to innovation in education and not enough to sustainability.

"It's a big issue and there'll be a bare-knuckle fight," says Harold Elletson, who will chair the debate alongside Honourable Silvia Makgone, Deputy Minister of Education, Namibia. According to Dr Elletson, "Some people think that the focus on innovation and technology has just persuaded governments and consumers to invest in equipment that soon becomes redundant. They say that the priority should be to support projects that are sustainable. Other people argue that innovation is vital to Africa's competitiveness and future economic growth. They say that it should be at the heart of the education system."

 

The eLearning Africa Debate has become the highlight of the eLearning Africa conference, an annual gathering of experts and decision-makers from all over Africa and beyond. Traditionally one of the liveliest and best attended events at the conference, this year's debate is likely to stir up real controversy.

 

"It's an issue which affects everyone and on which everyone has an opinion," says Dr Elletson. "The debate is an opportunity for conference participants to say what they think about one of the most important issues for the future of education in Africa."

 

The motion for debate, which will be put to a vote, is "This house believes that sustainability is more important than innovation for education in Africa". The debate will be held at the Safari Conference Centre in Windhoek, Namibia. All conference participants are welcome to attend and to take part in what promises to be a tense and exciting climax to a fascinating conference.

 

Information on the debate can be found at http://www.elearning-africa.com/programme_debate.php, and the full conference programme can be found at http://www.elearning-africa.com/programme_table.php%20.

 

Notes for editors

eLearning Africa, 8th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training

May 29 - 31, 2013

Safari Conference Centre, Windhoek, Namibia

Organisers: ICWE GmbH (www.icwe.net), Government of the Republic of Namibia

 

Contact

ICWE GmbH, Ms Rebecca Stromeyer

 

info@elearning-africa.comwww.eLearning-africa.com, Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0

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Articles

MOOCs and disruptive innovation: Implications for higher education

09 May 2013

The opportunity that Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) offer for cost effective massification of learning has generated significant interest from governments, higher education institutions (HEI) and commercial organisations. A growing number of HEI have been involved in experimenting with MOOCs for the purposes of expanding access, marketing and branding, as well as the potential of developing new revenue streams. The motivation for some MOOC providers is a philanthropic one and for others a business proposition. However, in both cases, there is the challenge of finding a viable business model that allows for sustainability of MOOC provision.

This paper will use the theory of disruptive innovation (Bower and Christensen, 1995) to examine MOOCs development and how their approach could be used to help institutions explore innovative approaches for teaching and learning and to develop new business models in order to gain competitive advantages in the education market. MOOCs provide institutions with a vehicle to think creatively and innovatively to explore new business models and flexible learning paths in HE provision. However, there is a need to rethink current higher education structures and policies and working practices that obstruct innovation. This includes funding arrangements and the ability to disaggregate teaching from  assessment and accreditation for differential pricing and pursuit of marketing activities.

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