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Green Gown award for Sustainability MOOC

November 7th, 2014 at 12:11

This week the University’s MOOCs and NOOCs team, led by Sarah Speight, were in Manchester, delighted to receive a “Highly Commended” at this year’s Green Gown Awards. The award, in the category of Courses and Learning, was for the “Sustainability, Society and You” MOOC which has run twice through Futurelearn.

Sarah Speight explained: “With our course ‘Sustainability, Society and You’, we have supported nearly 9,000 people to learn about, for and through sustainability in an interactive mix of practical activities and challenging debate.

“Our course was about sustainability. It was taught through sustainable means, by repurposing existing open educational resources and using online and mobile delivery formats. It encouraged learning for sustainability by using formative and peer assessment, and a combination of theory and practice. We sought to develop our learners’ holistic understanding of the values and principles associated with sustainability and to equip them to make sustainable decisions in their personal and professional lives.

“The project team comprised academics and postgraduates from  geography, engineering, philosophy, archaeology, sociology, nursing, mental health, politics, chemistry, education, modern languages and  economics, working with learning technologists. The Vice-Chancellor led an online seminar for the pilot and both the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning participated in the MOOC.

“8,727 learners enrolled for the January version of the MOOC, with 4,365 enrolling for the June run. 1,500 students and staff enrolled on the Nottingham pilot.”

The Green Gown Awards, administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), “recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK”.

Anyone in the University can take the internal – NOOC – version of this course. It is currently running in its 4th week – still time to have a peek or catch up!

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