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Design precepts for online experiential learning programs to address wicked sustainability problems


Davidson, J and Prahalad, V and Harwood, A, Design precepts for online experiential learning programs to address wicked sustainability problems, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 45, (3) pp. 319-341. ISSN 0309-8265 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/03098265.2020.1849061


There are increasing pressures within the higher education sector to incorporate digital pedagogies into teaching and learning, a trend amplified by recent extensive recourse to online delivery within the sector. This trend carries with it both opportunities and challenges in effectively fostering those graduate competences that a converging consensus identifies as essential for sustainability education to nurture. The challenge for educators is to design programs capable of fostering a range of competences fit for wicked sustainability problems. The principal objective of this paper is to review the literature regarding the competences that would adequately equip graduates of sustainability coursework programs with substantial online delivery components for a professional environment of uncertainty, complexity, and wicked problems. From the review of scholarship focused on competences for online experiential learning, sustainability education and wicked problems solving, we assemble a set of precepts to guide the design of effective learning outcomes, settings and pedagogies for an approach to sustainability education that better prepares students for such a challenging environment. While the precepts apply to sustainability education generally, we argue that they provide particular guidance for educators concerned with e-learning. We also present educational, social and technological enablers to underpin design, development and delivery processes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:e-learning, blended learning, problem-based learning, experiential learning, sustainability education, wicked problems
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Geography education curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Davidson, J (Dr Julie Davidson)
UTAS Author:Prahalad, V (Dr Vishnu Prahalad)
UTAS Author:Harwood, A (Dr Andrew Harwood)
ID Code:144721
Year Published:2021 (online first 2020)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2021-06-07
Last Modified:2021-09-06

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