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Lived Experience of Climate Change E-learning

Welcome to the Lived experience of climate change: interdisciplinary e-module development and virtual mobility. This project brings together nine European Higher Education Institutions across six countries to make a major contribution to sustainable development education.

Supported by the European Union Erasmus Programme, the project has developed postgraduate online learning resources and virtual learning communities on the lived experience of climate change -- how individuals and groups experience its local impacts, such as extreme weather or biodiversity changes. They can be used flexibly to complement existing university programmes. Following a successful pilot involving 25 students from six universities, they are being revised for open educational resources at the project end (May 2012).

Most students in the pilot studied for credit, and others used it to support Masters dissertations. Students were accredited in their home institutions, but they learned together on a virtual mobility platform, including participation in a learning community with practitioners from Europe and beyond.

Structured activities in the learning communities required assessed student role play. Tied to the skill of transboundary competence, this cross-university engagement had a significant impact.

The project experience has led to the LECHe team guest-editing a special issue of the International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development: ‘From disciplinarity to interdisciplinarity and beyond in higher education on climate change’. The special issue contains seven papers authored by the partners.

The provisional key findings of the project are:
  • Networked curriculum involving diverse Universities and disciplines can be very innovative.

  • Virtual mobility has distinct advantages when it is not tied to bilateral arrangements and is linked to key competences.

  • The lived experience of climate change is an important concept, account of which should be taken when communicating and formulating climate change policy.