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Sustainability and distance learning: a diverse European experience?

Bell, Simon; Douce, Chris; Caeiro, Sandra; Teixeira, Antonio; Marin-Aranda, Rosa and Otto, Daniel (2017). Sustainability and distance learning: a diverse European experience? Open Learning, 32(2) pp. 95–102.

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Abstract

Higher Education (HE) is experiencing disruption from technologies, demographics, the globalising world and longer life expectancy. Historically Higher Education has had a legacy of being seen as the requirement for an educated ‘elite’, there has been a policy ambition set in various countries (including the UK) for it to become the expectation for much wider segments of the population as a whole. As students become ‘everyone’ and learning becomes ‘all the time’ Distance Teaching and Research Institutions have a tremendous opportunity but there are also many disruptions and barriers to overcome. Higher Education institutions have an important role within Education for Sustainable Development and sustainable lifestyles; one of the important goals and targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals for 2030. Higher Education can contribute to sustainability in many ways – social, technical and environmental; globally and locally. In particular distance-learning universities due to the exibility in the learning process, use of technologies, and inter-disciplinary approach to teaching and learning, constitute key factors in education for sustainable development. But what will this contribution look like? In this paper, the responses from senior leaders in four major European distance-learning universities are presented, compared and discussed. The tentative conclusions draw out some strategic imperatives for sustainable higher education in the twenty rst century.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Open University
ISSN: 1469-9958
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 49669
Depositing User: Simon Bell
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 13:42
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 13:48
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/49669
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