The green campus is also a virtual one

John Blewitt

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This paper analyses the role of education for sustainability as enabling future sustainability practitioners to become key change agents and leaders. It is important that generic skills and understandings are married to a capability to lead beyond one's disciplinary or professional authority. 'Academic' education for future (and current) sustainability professionals should focus on transdisciplinary learning and research, new media affordances and distributed learning. This raises important questions about the nature of experiential learning and the meaning of 'living sustainability'. With reference to various developments in e-learning, including the European Union's aim to establish a virtual campus for a sustainable Europe, this paper argues that the digital environment is an integral part of our lifeworld connecting people to place, with each other and to possibilities for creative transdisciplinary inquiry. The role of new media in education for sustainability is rarely discussed, is under theorised and its potential largely ignored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-400
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental and Sustainable Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

Bibliographical note

International journal of environmental and sustainable development 9/2010
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  • new media
  • virtual campus
  • online learning
  • electronic learning
  • e-learning
  • change management
  • distributed learning
  • transdisciplinary learning
  • transdisciplinary research
  • sustainable development
  • leadership
  • sustainability
  • higher education


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