Online Learning » global http://onlinelearning.unu.edu Just another WordPress weblog Tue, 03 Mar 2009 20:42:51 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 EN hourly 1 The Satoyama Initiative http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/the-satoyama-initiative/ http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/the-satoyama-initiative/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2010 01:40:39 +0000 brendan http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/?page_id=26 Satoyama landscape is a traditional Japanese multi-functional land use system in which agricultural practices and natural resource management techniques are used to optimize the benefits derived from local ecosystems. The products obtained (including food and fuel) help safeguard the community against poverty, but without degrading the land, water or other resources.

Similar landscapes have sustained millions of people around the globe for thousands of years. Yet, with the various forces of modernization and urbanization, these ways have been increasingly undermined or abandoned, and many ecosystems have been harmed and the corresponding communities weakened.

The Satoyama Initiative, a global effort led by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, aims to help evaluate such landscapes and promote the revival and amelioration of the mechanisms for their sustainable management.  The Initiative can help achieve the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), being officially proposed at the CBD’s Tenth Conference of the Parties and incorporated into Convention-related activities.

Authors / Target audience

The Initiative’s portal serves as a mechanism for networking, communication and information-sharing among the Satoyama International Partnership, which is to be comprised of participating national governments, local governments, civil societies, local communities, private sector entities, NPOs/NGOs, educational and research institutes and international organizations — all of whom have stakes and interests in advancing such landscapes where human-nature relationships are more sustainable.

The educational materials produced by these partners — such as videos conveying information about the Initiative, case studies and lessons learnt — serve not just in achieving the goals of the Initiative, but as an important reference for academics and students in related fields. Additionally, the video content acts as awareness-raising material for the general public at a time when such knowledge needs to be more widely disseminated and considered.

Design and technology

The portal has been developed using Wordpress. The video content showcased is produced by the Media Studio and hosted in Vimeo. Compatibility has been tested with Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

Copyright License

Except where otherwise specified, the contents (text, video, graphics, photography) of the Satoyama Initiative portal are licensed by the United Nations University under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license.

Project Title

Satoyama Initiative

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Environmental Impact Assessment http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/eia/ http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/eia/#comments Wed, 23 May 2007 01:24:35 +0000 butuzov http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/sea/ Global phenomena
Environmental Impact Assessment is a global concern. A formal process for Environmental Impact Assessment now exists in over 100 countries around the world.

Purpose of Environmental Impact Assessment
The design of development projects like highways, airports and power stations is greatly enhanced through the use of environmental impact assessment. It is a systematic process to identify, predict and evaluate the environmental effects of proposed actions and projects.

Preventing damage to the environment
This process is applied before major decisions and development commitments are made. The main objective is to prevent, reduce and off-set significant negative impacts on the environment. Through the application of Environmental Impact Assessment it is possible to provide better information to the decision-maker on the environmental consequences of proposed actions.

Highlights
This open educational resource includes three parts: a course module, a wiki and an instructional guide. Through the course module you will learn:

Why do we need Environmental Impact Assessment?
Who is responsible?
How to undertake such an assessment?
What are the costs and benefits of completing an assessment?

An online encyclopedia
The wiki provides you with access to an encyclopedia on Environmental Impact Assessment. It includes information on the relevant legislation in each country as well as case studies of the implementation of this form of assessment in different sectors and in different countries. This encyclopedia is constantly being updated by you – the community of learners and educators.

Instructional Guide
This learning resource was initially developed for international students enrolled in the Masters of Science Degree in Global Environment and Development Studies at Agder University College in Norway. It is available for use in similar programmes across the globe. You can adapt and use these materials in your own teaching programmes. There are sample assignments that you may build on and change.

Level
Designed for students in the tertiary education (graduate and post-graduate) and for professionals and practitioners.

Design and Technology
The course module was developed using Wordpress with a custom built plug-in to support the creation of multi-choice quizzes. It contains video interviews with the subject matter expert as well as narrated animations using Flash Video. The online encyclopedia was developed using Mediawiki. Compatibility has been tested with Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

Authors
Barry Sadler and Mary McCabe edited the original UNEP training manual. Ralph Horne and Ian Thomas from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University edited the course module.

Copyright License
Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 3.0

Project Title
Contribution to the UNU-Global Virtual University

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Strategic Env. Assessment http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/sea/ http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/sea/#comments Wed, 23 May 2007 01:18:20 +0000 butuzov http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/?page_id=5 Mainstreaming environmental sustainability into development planning

Through this open educational resource on Strategic Environmental Assessment, you will examine how to construct predictions on the likely environmental impacts of major policy decisions, how to look at alternative policy scenarios and how to involve the public in the decision-making.

A new approach

Strategic environmental assessment is a new approach to environmental issues. It plays a key role in enabling nations and communities meet a whole range of objectives including tackling global warming and protecting biodiversity. By ensuring that decision-makers consider the environmental consequences of actions at the earliest possible stage, it helps find the best possible option in environmental, social and economic terms.

Open, rational decisions

The emphasis is on preventing environmental damage. It requires that each decision is made in a rational and open manner, and as such Strategic Environmental Assessment is a powerful tool that reinforces the principles of democracy and equity.

Highlights

This open educational resource includes three components: a course module, a wiki and an instructional guide. The course module covers the following topics:

Why we need Strategic Environmental Assessment? What kinds of decisions (strategic actions) require an assessment? How do you undertake this assessment?

An online encyclopedia

The wiki provides you with access to an encyclopedia on Strategic Environmental Assessment. It includes information on the relevant legislation in each country as well as case studies of the implementation of this form of assessment in different sectors and in different countries. This encyclopedia is constantly being updated by you – the community of learners and the educators.

Instructional Guide

This learning resource was initially developed for students enrolled at Oxford Brookes University in the UK and international students enrolled in the Masters of Science Degree in Global Environment and Development Studies at Agder University College in Norway. It is possible for you to adapt and use in your own teaching programmes. This open educational resource contains sample assignments that you may build on and adapt.

Level

Designed for students in the tertiary education (graduate and post-graduate) and for professionals and practitioners.

Design and Technology

The course module was developed using Wordpress and contains Flash video animations and interviews with the subject matter expert. The online encyclopedia was developed using Mediawiki. Compatibility has been tested with Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

Author

Riki Therivel from Oxford Brookes University is one of the leading international experts in Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Copyright License

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0

Project Title

Contribution to the UNU-Global Virtual University

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OpenCourseWare http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/opencourseware/ http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/opencourseware/#comments Tue, 22 May 2007 23:45:40 +0000 butuzov http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/sharing-knowledge/ Background
The UNU is committed to providing open access to all educational materials used in capacity development and training programmes covering a wide range of topics including fisheries, geothermal energy, biodiversity, water resource management, economic and policy studies, innovation studies, comparative regional studies, software engineering and e-governance. The UNU is an active member of the OpenCourseWare Global Consortium.

The global opencourseware movement holds considerable promise for the expansion of access to tertiary and lifelong education, especially in developing countries. Universities from around the world have started to make available course materials freely on the Internet.

These materials range from lecture notes and reading lists to full video lectures, and some courses are carefully designed for self-study by online users. As a result, anyone with an Internet connection has access to learning materials from more than 3000 undergraduate and graduate university courses.

Design and Technology
eduCommons from the Utah State University Centre for Open and Sustainable Learning Interface customized by the UNU Media Studio.

Copyright License
Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 3.0

Project Title
UNU OpenCourseWare

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Fieldtrip http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/fieldtrip/ http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/fieldtrip/#comments Tue, 22 May 2007 22:56:12 +0000 butuzov http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/fieldtrip/ Background
Fieldtrip empowers content experts, so that they can produce new online e-case studies, with limited support from computer and media production specialists.

It is based on the recent Web developments in terms of new technologies as well as the ways in which people are using them. This evolution that has come to be known as Web 2.0.

One of the main ideas behind this concept is that of moving away from an Internet in which the majority of users are only consumers of information (read only web), towards a new model in which the majority of users are both consumers and producers of information (read/write web).

Highlights
Fieldtrip will be utilized to create a library of case studies. Each case study includes a group of events that happened at a specific time, associated with a variety of information resources.

Within the case study, each event has a defined place (on Google maps) and a time (on a timeline) on which it occurred. The story for each event can be told through a combination of text and media elements (photo, animation, audio or video from YouTube or some similar service). In this way, it is possible to construct the geographic and historical context for the case study.

In addition, information resources can also be included to illustrate, expand, put in context or give scientific grounding to the story narrated in each event. The resources can be media, texts and hyperlinks.

Level
Designed for students, researchers and educators in the tertiary education (graduate and post-graduate) and for professionals and practitioners. The users of Fieldtrip have three potential roles – students/ readers, teachers and authors. New potential Fieldtrip producers.

Design and Technology
Ruby on Rails, Ajax, YouTube, Google Earth, Flash

License
Copyright United Nations University, GNU General Public License

Project Title
Library of e-Case Studies and Documentaries

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Our World 2.0 http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/our-world-20-climate-oil-and-food/ http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/our-world-20-climate-oil-and-food/#comments Sun, 20 May 2007 06:43:40 +0000 brendan http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/?page_id=17&language=en Our World 2.0 is a webzine and video brief series that explores the interactions between our daily lives and complex issues like climate change, oil dependency, food security and biodiversity. It informs and shares understanding on these topics and explores the changes that are taking place now in order to make the transition to a post-oil, low carbon society of the future, were there is sufficient food for all.

Why Now?

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change continued emissions at today’s levels will lead to further warming of 1.8?C to 4?C over the 21st Century, depending on different scenarios. Time is running out as we try to meet the Kyoto Protocol targets in 2012 and many countries are already proposing drastic CO2 reductions that must be met by 2050. We want to track the changes as they happen and learn from them. The price of oil has been increasing rapidly from 2003 onwards and is predicted to rise to nearer US$200.

This has a major impact on economies that have a heavy dependency on oil. Moreover, developed and developing countries rely on the cheap export and import of food. Rising oil prices, the switch to bio-fuels, and climate-induced weather disasters are affecting the availability and cost of food. The advent of industrial agriculture and also deforestation has impacted severely on biodiversity. All of these issues will continue to be a concern for decades to come. The mitigate the worst effects, we need to start making changes across the board, from now. We need to re-invent Our World.

Target Audience

Our World 2.0 provides information for policy-makers, change-makers and the general public. It has an educational role for mainly students in the tertiary education (graduate and post-graduate) and for professionals and practitioners.

Design and Technology

The web magazine has been developed using Wordpress. The video content showcased in the web-magazine is hosted in Vimeo. Compatibility has been tested with Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

Authors

The web-magazine articles are authored by UNU experts, by guest contributors and invited expert opinions pieces.

Copyright License

Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 3.0

Project Title

Our World 2.0

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