Capacity building at lower cost - Conducting an online course on ecological sanitation

von Münch, E., Glas, W. (2007)

Published in: 2007

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

von Münch, E., Glas, W.

Uploaded by:
SuSanA secretariat

Partner profile:
common upload


Content - Summary

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.

Bibliographic information

von Münch, E., Glas, W. (2007). Capacity building at lower cost - Conducting an online course on ecological sanitation. UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

Filter tags



Capacity building at lower cost: conducting an online course on Ecological Sanitation

Format: pdf file
Size: 0.57 MB

Share this page on    

Follow us on    

SuSanA Partners  currently 360 partners

Sanitation events

SuSanA newsletter

Stay informed about the activities of SuSanA and its partners. The SuSanA newsletter is sent out around four times per year. It contains information about news, events, new partners, projects, discussions and publications of the SuSanA network.

Subscribe to newsletter »

Latest tweets mentioning SuSanA

Tweets mentioning SuSanA »

30th SuSanA meeting

The 30th SuSanA meeting - the first virtual of its kind - willl take place from August 17th to August 28th 2020. It is organised by the SuSana Secretariat with support and contributions from SuSanA Partners, Members, Working Groups and Regional Chapters.

Click here to get to the Meeting Page!

SuSanA meetings





Resources and publications

Our library has more than 3,000 publications, factsheets, presentations, drawings etc. from many different organisations. It continues to grow thanks to the contributions from our partners.

Add item to library »

The three links below take you to special groups of items in the library for more convenient access:


The project database contains nearly 400 sanitation projects of many different organizations dealing with research, implementation, advocacy, capacity development etc. Advanced filtering functions and a global map are also available. Information on how and why this database was created is here.

People working for SuSanA partners can add their own projects through their partner profile page. You might need your SuSanA login upgraded for this purpose. Please contact us if you would like to add a project.

Trainings, conference and events materials

Missed important conferences or courses? Catch up by using their materials for self study. These materials have been kindly provided by SuSanA partners.

Regional chapters

Use the map or the search tool to access the most relevant information and knowledge products for your region or country. This includes relevant resources, events, partners or projects.

Shit flow diagrams (SFDs), excreta flow diagrams

Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) help to visualize excreta management in urban settings. Access SFDs and more through the SFD Portal.




Discussion forum

Share knowledge, exchange experiences, discuss challenges, make announcements, ask questions and more. Hint: Your discussion forum login is the same as your SuSanA login. More about the forum's philosophy »

Integrated content

We are hosting content from some other communities of practice and information-sharing portals. This section also provides a link to SuSanA's Sanitation Wikipedia initiative.

Suggest content to add »

SuSanA partners

Not yet a SuSanA partner? Show your organisation's support to SuSanA's vision and engage in  knowledge sharing by becoming partners.

Apply to become a partner »

Individual membership

Register as an individual member of SuSanA free of charge. As a member you can interact with thousands of sanitation enthusiasts on the discussion forum.  You can also get engaged in one of our 13 working groups and our regional chapters. Our FAQs explain the benefits further.

By getting a SuSanA login you can fully participate in the SuSanA community!

Register as a member


Forgot your password?