The course materials will be hosted online for access by students, teachers, field experts, NGOs, and university “near-peer” guides. The course materials will be organized according to the three phases of collaborative learning:
- Introduction & Knowledge Gathering: Students use online materials to learn more about the topic of the project. For example: What is sustainability? What is the Union Environment Programme? Students solve short tasks such as short article-writing, creating word clouds, creating virtual mind maps and can look at the responses of the students in partner schools and react to them.
(click to view the Green City Workshop course)
- Research Tasks: students work on a topic of research they have chosen for their group within the priority objectives of the 7th Environment Action Programme to 2020. Students conduct task-based research and collect data. For example, they would answer questions such as: How does your city deal with food waste? How is it compatible with the priority objectives for waste policy in the EU?
- Collaborative group community project: The students are organized in cross cultural groups and will negotiate on a topic that they would use for a collaborative group community project. The theme of the project should be chosen from the three key objectives of the 7th EAP:
1) To protect, conserve and enhance the Union’s natural capital.
2) To turn the Union into a resource efficient, green and competitive low carbon economy.
3) To safeguard the people from environment-related pressures and risks to health and well-being.
(click to read more about the EAP key objectives)