Green Gown award for Sustainability MOOC

Over the last five years, MOOCs have witnessed a remarkable rise in reminiscence and in the field of sustainability this has not been an exception.

Last month, University’s MOOCs and NOOCs team, led by Sarah Speight, received a “Highly Commended” award at this year’s Green Gown Awards. The Green Gown Awards are administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) to recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK.

The award, in the category of Courses and Learning, was for the “Sustainability, Society and You” Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) which has run twice through Futurelearn.

In the January version of the MOOC, 8,727 learners enrolled with 4,365 enrolling for the June run. 1,500 students and staff enrolled on the Nottingham pilot.

SRN members have facilitated all iterations of ‘Sustainability, Society and You’, online learning MOOC and more recently, they have been involved in the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) NOOC in Sustainable and Responsible Business for third year-students across the Nottingham, Malaysia and Ningbo campuses.

Recently, one of our committee members, Gabriela Gutierrez, attended the “Future of International Higher Education” workshop held in the University of Nottingham, Ningbo Campus where the MOOCS attracted great attention. A session on virtual learning and education focused on the growing emphasis on interdisciplinary in terms of both research and education and its implications on effective modes of virtual learning.



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