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E-Learning and Education for Sustainability


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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Building an Online Master’s Program for Deep Learning in Sustainability: Amelia Clarke


Building an online master’s program for deep learning in sustainability

Amelia Clarke1


Deep learning is seen as a way to maximize the benefits from sustainability education for both students and society. This chapter considers the University of Waterloo’s Master of Environment and Business (MEB) program in relation to seven characteristics of deep learning. The MEB program is an executive education program that is mostly delivered online. Student survey responses show a high satisfaction with the program and highlight areas where deep learning is occurring. This chapter emphasizes that it possible to ensure deep learning in an online program and in a program’s design (not just at the teaching activity/ assignment level). The chapter ends by offering lessons learned for other online courses and programs.


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