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E-Learning and Education for Sustainability

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Edited By Ulisses Miranda Azeiteiro, Walter Leal Filho and Sandra S. Caeiro

This book discusses the use of e-learning in the progresses towards Sustainable Development (SD) or Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Almost three decades after the concept of sustainable development appeared, 2014 is the year where historical goals should be reached, since it is the last year of the United Nations Decade on ESD. Within this decade, research, projects and educational initiatives were developed and deliverables were achieved. Using e-learning is becoming widely accepted in formal and non-formal education proving to have the potential to be effective in expanding Education for Sustainability (EfS). Lifelong learning, adults’ education and the huge increase in the use of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) lead to e-learning’s significant role within the learning and education processes.
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This book aims to contribute to the global debate on the implementation of education for sustainability, by discussing the use of e-learning in contributing towards sustainable development as a whole, and education for sustainable development in particular. Also it aims at reiterating the role that e-learning can play in this process, linking pedagogical concepts with curricular issues, at the same time that it illustrates the wide range of technological possibilities available, which may help to achieve the intended the sustainability-oriented learning outcomes.

Almost three decades after the concept of sustainable development was formally put in the international agenda by the Brundtland Commission, the year 2014 is a year where historical goals should have been reached, since it is the last year of the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD). Within this decade, research, projects and educational initiatives were undertaken and various deliverables were produced. E-learning is one of the areas where some developments have been seen, since it has become more widely accepted in formal and non-formal education settings, with a proven potential to be an effective tool towards promoting education for sustainable development.

The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as a whole, and of e-learning in particular, presents many advantages. Finally, these technologies cater for much content and for various means of delivery. Secondly, the delivery of content is flexible and can be adapted to various circumstances and settings. Furthermore, the use of the internet and social networks...

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