Funding: EU ERASMUS – Lifelong Learning-Programme
Amount fo funding: € 388.020,00, RCE Graz-Styria: € 54.612,00
Duration: 10/2010 - 10/2012
Lead partner: University of Crete
Partners: University of Crete, Open University of Cyprus, Daugavpils University, Dublin City University, Frederick University, Uppsala University
Staff: Lead: Prof. Dr. Clemens Mader, at the project end Univ.-Prof. Dr. Friedrich Zimmermann; Staff: Mag. Mario Diethart
ICTeESD (ICT-enabled Education for Sustainable Development) is an EU project (ERASMUS – Lifelong Learning-Program) among 7 universities from Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Sweden, Cyprus and Graz. This project aims to develop a joint Master's degree (deployed on an advanced virtual platform) in ICT in ESD which will be offered in English. The course will target experienced practitioners in schools, community education, NGOs, government bodies and development agencies, all of whom are engaged in applying ESD.
The short-term impacts are:
- Development of a joint Master's degree on ESD supported by ICT delivered through the development of a VLE (virtual course management and learning platform).
- An ICT-based toolkit for training e-tutors; 30 university teaching staff trained to function as e-tutors for the joint Master programme. More specifically, after finishing training, every partner institution will have 4-5 teaching staff able to deliver and assess courses in virtual modality using an overall problem-based learning approach and different ICT tools.
The long-term foreseeable impacts on the project are:
- Higher access to teachers of various disciplines (math, sciences, arts, technology, languages, social studies, natural studies), administrators and education planners involved in ESD teaching as well as planning and research in formal and non-formal education sectors. It is expected to enroll about 60-80 Master students per year in total.
- University staff from all disciplines interested in infusing ESD into their subjects, developing courses on ESD and/or interested/being trained to function as virtual ESD trainers will have open access and free support to use the e-training Toolkit for infusing ESD into their courses. It is expected that up to 20 university staff members from the partner universities and other universities will take advantage from this service on a yearly basis.
- Enabling very high scope for turning learners as leaders in the field of ICT-enabled ESD, thereby, ensuring that they can become leading innovators in their organizations as local facilitators/trainers. These may have a multiplier impact, with considerable social and economic benefits.
- Virtual Mobility of teachers and students will enable them to benefit linguistically, culturally, and educationally from the experience of other European countries and of their (academic) fields of study. It will also create a sense of European and global citizenship that is critical in advancing the field of ESD.