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The environmental impact of teaching and learning
This free course, The environmental impact of teaching and learning, discusses the impact on the environment of carbon based teaching and learning in Higher Education Institutions. It introduces a suite of innovative tools and resources which have been designed to help assess and identify ways to reduce these impacts.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand an overview of the factors that should be included in an assessment of the carbon-based environmental impacts of higher education (HE) – these are the main sources of energy consumption and carbon emissions in HE
- understand the types of teaching models used in higher education, how ICTs are changing them and their likely carbon impacts
- understand the likely carbon impacts associated with your studies on a higher education course or module
- apply a Carbon Calculator tool designed to assess the impacts of your study-related activities
- identify possible ways to change study-related activities to reduce carbon impacts.
First Published: 19/02/2013
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- Learning outcomes
- Course overview
- Part 1: For students and lecturers or academic designers
- Part 2: For students
- Part 3: For lecturers and academic designers
- 3.1 Exploring tools to assess carbon-based environmental impacts of teaching and learning activities in higher education
- 3.2 Summary
- Part 4: For lecturers and academic designers
- 4.1 Examination of the carbon impacts associated with different systems and models of providing higher education teaching and learning
- 4.2 New teaching models and how ICTs are changing higher education
- 4.3 Types of teaching models used in higher education and their environmental impacts
- 4.4 Exploration of tools to assess carbon-based environmental impacts of learning designs and teaching models in higher education
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