Online Learning » portal Just another WordPress weblog Tue, 03 Mar 2009 20:42:51 +0000 EN hourly 1 The Satoyama Initiative Thu, 28 Jan 2010 01:40:39 +0000 brendan 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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OpenCourseWare Tue, 22 May 2007 23:45:40 +0000 butuzov 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 Tue, 22 May 2007 22:56:12 +0000 butuzov 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).

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.

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

Copyright United Nations University, GNU General Public License

Project Title
Library of e-Case Studies and Documentaries

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