Published in: 2007
UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
von Münch, E., Glas, W.
Due to the increased worldwide interest in ecosan and an existing lack of capacity, there is an urgent need to train a large number of professionals in many different countries quickly. With online learning this can be achieved due to its minimised travel needs and lower costs. This paper describes the rationale for developing an online course on ecosan for mid-career professionals who work in developing countries.
The paper also discusses advantages and disadvantages of this course compared to face-to-face teaching, our underlying pedagogical concept (emphasising two-way iterative dialogue and interactivity between students and teacher), the course structure, the course components which cater for different learning styles, the ‘I-Learning Environment’ used, the required activities of the students and teacher, and student feedback from the first batch of 25 students from all over the world. The results show that the students valued in particular the quality of the course material, the variety in participants’ background and the regular discussion contributions of their fellow classmates on the asynchronous discussion forum.
von Münch, E., Glas, W. (2007). Capacity building at lower cost - Conducting an online course on ecological sanitation. UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
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