January 6, 2014, by Helen Whitehead
MOOCs are themselves sustainable
As we launch our ‘Sustainability, Society and You’ MOOC today through FutureLearn, it is heartening to think that the course itself is sustainable! Online learning, such as in MOOCs, is itself eco-friendly as evidenced in recent studies conducted by the Open University in the UK. Researchers found that distance learning courses consume 90% less energy than traditional courses. Distance learning courses can be print-based but if they are elearning there are further small energy and emissions reductions. The amount of CO2 emissions (per student) is also reduced by up to 85%.
Roy, Robin; Potter, Stephen and Yarrow, Karen (2004). Towards sustainable higher education: environmental impacts of conventional campus, print-based and electronic/open learning systems. In: Murphy, D; Carr, R; Taylor, J. and Wong, T.M eds. Distance Education & Technology: Issues and Practice. Hong Kong: Open University of Hong Kong Press, pp. 129–145. http://oro.open.ac.uk/6816/ [abstract only, but with useful links to other documents: accessed 3rd January 2014)
Roy, Robin; Potter, Stephen, Yarrow, Karen and Smith, Mark (March 2005). Towards Sustainable Higher Education: environmental impacts of campus-based and distance higher education systems. Report, The Design Innovation Group. http://www3.open.ac.uk/events/3/2005331_47403_o1.pdf [accessed 3rd January 2014]
Excellent. Learning more in a sustainable way. I can’t wait.
I agree with Russell, it’s good to be learning in a sustainable way and I’m really looking forward to it.
Sustainability – lets learn it, lets live it
and lets teach it
It would be even better if the website hosting& computing is from Renewable Energy sources such as the wind turbine pictured above. I’m going to make my RE to stay off-grid soon.
Agree with the points above and love the fact we can learn together without the ‘waste’ of time and resources on travel holding us back !
I look forward to know more about the thought process. More so on what I can do on personal level.
I agree with the idea that we can reduce CO2 emission with learning courses distance. I never learn this kind of topic because i am very far so for me is very interesting.