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The environmental impact of teaching and learning
The environmental impact of teaching and learning

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2.2 Summary

Part 2 has given you an opportunity as a student to explore some of the environmental impacts associated with your learning activities in higher education.

You have considered the key sources of your own energy consumption and carbon impacts, and how these impacts could be reduced by changing some aspects of your learning activities, and use of ICT devices and materials. Your explorations of the Carbon Calculator tool have given you an opportunity to consider the effect of making a large number of changes to your learning activities, and to explore the consequences of doing different learning-related activities.

The SusTEACH Carbon Calculator for Students is available to support sustainability initiatives with students as part of institutional programmes to ‘green’ higher education systems and you may want to recommend its use to your fellow students or to your teachers. This tool may be used to support teaching about sustainability within the curriculum and is also useful for collecting data on the carbon impacts of learning activities within UK higher education.

As a student you have completed the learning provision that has been designed to teach you about the environmental impacts associated with learning in higher education. Parts 3 and 4 consider the environmental impacts of teaching activities and different higher education systems and teaching models, and are mainly aimed at lecturers and academic designers studying on this course.