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The SusTEACH Methodology: Assessment of the environmental impacts of Higher Education Teaching Models and development of an Environmental Appraisal toolkit

Caird, Sally; Swithenby, Edward and Lane, Andrew (2015). The SusTEACH Methodology: Assessment of the environmental impacts of Higher Education Teaching Models and development of an Environmental Appraisal toolkit. The Open University.

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Sustainable, low carbon Higher Education (HE) teaching systems are part of the carbon reduction strategies needed to meet the targets set for HE institutions. Significant changes in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have led to new methods in teaching and learning, blending conventional and ICT-based teaching models. Little is known about their environmental impacts. Few studies have considered the whole system carbon-based environmental impacts of different systems of delivering Higher Education. One notable exception was the Factor 10 Visions study ‘Towards Sustainable Higher Education’, which offered an exemplar methodology for conducting an environmental impact audit/assessment of HE courses/modules. Building on this, the SusTEACH project examined the transformative effect of ICTs on HE teaching models, and developed a methodology to assess the main carbon-based environmental impacts of HE courses/modules, and to provide estimations of the energy and carbon impacts associated with different HE teaching models. This methodology as outlined here has supported the SusTEACH project research analysis of over thirty HE courses and modules, and the SusTEACH toolkit available from OpenLearn Module: The environmental impact of teaching and learning.

Item Type: Other
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Open University, 2012 The Authors
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
SusTEACHNot SetJisc (Joint Information Systems Committee)
Extra Information: Report is referenced in OpenLearn Study Unit The environmental impacts of teaching and learning.
First released 2012.
Awarded Green Gown Award (Research and Development), Finalist Certificate 2012. The SusTEACH project.
Keywords: higher education teaching models using ICTs, environment impact assessment methodology, environment impact assessment in higher education, environment impact assessment of higher education courses and modules, environment impact assessment of teaching and learning, energy consumption and carbon emissions of HE teaching models
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Development and Production
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Design and Innovation
Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences (Innogen)
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Item ID: 42478
Depositing User: Sally Caird
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2015 11:30
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 09:59
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