Practical challenges and digital learning: getting the balance right for future-thinking

Dharmasasmita, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-3793-4459, Puntha, H. ORCID: 0000-0002-0796-2830 and Molthan-Hill, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-4425-1800, 2017. Practical challenges and digital learning: getting the balance right for future-thinking. On the Horizon, 25 (1), pp. 33-44. ISSN 1074-8121

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Purpose: This paper aims to present a food-themed project at Nottingham Trent University, the Sustainability in Practice (SiP) Certificate, a supra-disciplinary approach involving a collaborative enquiry into food sustainability through a flexible online course open to all staff and students. The focus will be on the SiP Challenge Days.
Design/Methodology/Approach: The paper will describe the pedagogical approach of the certificate's online and offline components, the various activities undertaken by participants and the digital tools employed to encourage collaboration and skills development.
Findings: The Challenge Days have, so far, proven to be effective in inspiring students to be creative in solving sustainability challenges, especially through supradisciplinary collaboration.
Research Limitations/Implications: This is a new project hence participation has been relatively small. However, organisation of Challenge Days for the next academic year is already in progress including two new themes. These additions should offer extra dimensions of experience for the participants as well as a richer future dataset.
Social Implications: Through collaboration across disciplines, the students have a wider understanding of contemporary sustainably issues as they play a pro-active role in solving these current challenges.
Originality/Value: The practice element of this online module and the crowdsourcing of sustainable solutions within SiP are described in detail in this paper. Special attention is given to how the design of SiP equips students with the skills needed to solve sustainable challenges.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: On the Horizon
Creators: Dharmasasmita, A., Puntha, H. and Molthan-Hill, P.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 13 February 2017
Volume: 25
Number: 1
ISSN: 1074-8121
Divisions: Professional Services > Centre for Academic Development and Quality
Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 09 Feb 2017 13:28
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2020 14:15

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