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This presentation recounts the experiences of Dalhousie University’s SUST 2001: Environment, Sustainability and Governance: A Global Perspective, first taught in Winter 2011, which included modules on biodiversity, food and agriculture, and environmental security. The students in the course assumed stakeholder positions and engaged in negotiations that recreated debates within the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity regarding Access and Benefit Sharing. An interactive online component was created to replicate the dynamism of real-world negotiations of Multilateral Environmental Agreements. Wiki documents allowed students to engage in collaborative writing and editing of draft proposals which were debated and submitted during plenary sessions. Wimba Classroom allowed students to interact in virtual negotiation and mediation and to upload media presentations on their positions. This presentation evaluates the effectiveness of these learning technologies in assisting students to understand the complexities of Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
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