Presentation of the ISLE Network @ the SPDECE 2012 Symposium


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Presentation titled "Innovation in the Teaching of Sustainable Development in Europe: The Case of ISLE Erasmus Network". SPDECE 2012 Symposium, Alicante, Spain, 14/6/2012 (

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Presentation of the ISLE Network @ the SPDECE 2012 Symposium

  1. 1. SPDECE-2012. Multidisciplinary symposium on the design and evaluation of digital content for education V. Protonotarios, A. Katrakilis, G. Stoitsis, Y. Psochios, E. Chiodo, P. Aguado, C. Armutlieva Alicante, Spain, 14/6/2012
  2. 2.  networks that aim to promote co-operation between European Higher Educational Institutes (HEIs) of Europe & in specific thematic areas involve all stakeholders, such as academics, students, professionals, practitioners etc. focus on the improvement of the quality of teaching in higher education
  3. 3.  networks focus on aspects like field mapping, quality assurance, cooperation and promotion of synergies between teaching and research Funded by the Erasmus programme of the Lifelong Learning Programme of EC.
  4. 4.  Innovation in the Teaching of Sustainable Development in Life Sciences in Europe ◦ Agriculture, Biology, Environment, Ecology, Health etc. Consortium consists of 40 institutions coming from 31 countries with expertise in various fields of SD 36-months project: Oct 2010 – Sept 2013
  5. 5.  To bring together stakeholders from Europe that either ◦ have already introduced SD courses and programs in their curricula and wish to transfer their knowledge to the other partners of the network, or ◦ wish to introduce the concept of SD in the curricula of their institutions.
  6. 6.  To identify the existing situation of teaching SD in the HEIs around Europe ◦ develop a State of the Art report, summarizing this information. To identify the needs of HEIs regarding the integration of Sustainable Development courses/programs based on the report.
  7. 7.  Adapt existing tools and materials and to develop new ones in order to meet the needs identified. To develop a Compendium of Good Practices, which will include examples of Good Practices in the Teaching of SD, in order for them to be used as a basis for a model curriculum.
  8. 8.  To exploit ICT tools in order to achieve the maximum penetration in the groups of stakeholders who will benefit from the project’s outcomes. To ensure the application of the project’s outcomes through a series of professionalization events ◦ involve professional organizations, private companies and related stakeholders, working in the field of SD. To ensure the sustainability of the project’s outcomes through the collaboration with related initiatives, projects & networks.
  9. 9. 1. Lack of a harmonized SD-related curriculum among different HEIs2. Lack of basic information about SD among students3. Weak bonds between academic and professional approach of SD topics4. Dispersion of SD-related courses between different departments (due to multidisciplinary approach)
  10. 10.  Identification of the current status of teaching sustainable development topics in the European HEIs of the in the field of SD at National level by sectors: ◦ Higher Education ◦ political bodies, ◦ enterprises, ◦ NGOs
  11. 11. 1. Consortium members provided feedback through a short paper / report for each country, including ◦ SD-related Good practices followed at national level (e.g. conservation of resources) as well as possible future actions. ◦ SD-related national policies (e.g. legislation), ◦ HEIs/Universities/Research policies related to SD (e.g. funding options) ◦ HEIs involved in the teaching of SD (including courses, programs, activities etc.),1. A survey was deployed on the same theme and promoted by consortium members to all stakeholders in the same country ◦ Collection of additional feedback per country
  12. 12. Based on:1. State of the Art feedback (survey/questionnaires)2. Submission of Good Practices by consortium members
  13. 13. Classification of Good Practices:1. Policies: Good Practices that concern the creation of the institutional framework for HESD at National or Regional Authorities level2. Institutional activities: Good Practices that concern the management and other non teaching activities of the Higher Education institutions directed to SD3. Teaching: Good Practices concerning “formal learning”, i.e. “learning that occurs in an organised and structured context and follows a particular structured design4. Practical experiences: Good Practices concerning: ◦ “non-formal” (planned activities that are not explicitly designated as formal learning, but which contain an important learning element) and ◦ “informal” or experiential learning (learning about SD as a result of daily life activities)
  14. 14. Combination of data collected by ◦ the Compendium of Good Practices and ◦ additional outcomes coming from work related to evaluation of public policiesLeads to: • Creation of a diagnostic grid for HEIs outside the ISLE network to evaluate teaching programmes; • Presentation of exchange curricula; • Definition of guidelines for the teaching of sustainable development; • Development and award of a label of quality
  15. 15.  MOLE (Multimedia Open Learning Environment) ◦ initially developed by the Laboratory of Distributed Multimedia Information Systems and Applications (TUC/MUSIC) of the Technical University of Crete ◦ adopted & adapted to meet the specific needs of the ISLE The platform is aimed to be used for ◦ creating and delivering online courses in a defined curriculum, ◦ uploading presentations and supporting material for each course, ◦ communicating with the students etc. It supports a wide variety of functions such as ◦ real-time delivery of presentations, ◦ user forums, ◦ chat rooms, ◦ video conference and instant messages for communication between the members
  16. 16.  After all Good Practices have been completed, they will ◦ be uploaded, organized and published through the ISLE MOLE portal ◦ supported with additional related material ◦ Be made available to all stakeholders (through an OAI- PMH target for harvesting)
  17. 17.  The ISLE network is an ongoing project, aiming to support the teaching of SD topics in HEIs all over Europe So far, results have been encouraging but still there is much to do. Development of the “Good Practices” Compendium is expected to benefit a large number of HEIs.
  18. 18.  email: Web: Facebook: Twitter: @ISLENetwork Flickr: YouTube: Linkedin: Thank you for your attention!