The e-book “A greener future” introduces the reader or course participants to the main relevant aspects of global warming, climate change, green economy and sustainable development.
The e-book can be read as an interactive course-book for an individual. It can be used as an online learning resource by students and teachers at any level in secondary schools and at tertiary levels of education. It can be used as a course-book for group meetings in ordinary classrooms or as a learning resource in a MOOC-style course. It is a main idea that this e-book can be used as a learning resource in a “flip-the-classroom” approach, where students go through a page or a chapter at home, and then discuss the issues in the classroom. The e-book can be displayed on PCs, laptops, I-pads and modern mobile phones.
The main topics are global warming, climate change, depletion of ecosystems and impacts on the environment, our way of living, the economy and the possibilites for a more sustainable development. The e-book combines natural science, social science, economics, technology and law, giving a holistic perspective on some of the major current problems our societies are facing.
The introductory texts to each topic are “generic”, in the sense that the content is valid and reliable everywhere, supported by several authoritative sources. The text can be read as a cohesive narrative, or each page independently. The texts are as a rule non-academic, basic information “in a nutshell”, giving the minimum necessary for taking part in a discussion. Every page offers additional reading, movies, quizzes, learning activities and lectures for those who want to learn more.
Main author of the generic texts is Sven Åke Bjørke, assistant professor at the University of Agder, former Information manager at GRID-Arendal.. Some of the texts and several of the photos, graphics and videos have been provided by GRID-Arendal, a UNEP-associated organisation financed by the Norwegian government. All these illustrations are linked to GRID-Arendal. Some of the animations and graphics have been made by multimedia student Yannick Urs Schillinger and by Thomas Andersen at the IT-section at the University of Agder.
Dr Trista Patterson at GRID-Arendal has provided guidance and expertise for the multimedia students Silje Fjørtoft and Yannick Urs Schillinger under the production of the gamification prototypes in the section for Green economy.
The “Greenscreen” video-taped lectures have been made at the UIA studio in Grimstad, edited by Yannick Urs Schillinger.
The e-book should be regarded as experimental in the sense that it tries out the combination of different ICT tools and pedagogical approaches, and is as such supported by the Pedagogical development and learning Centre, PULS, UIA.
The e-book is also a part of the project “Emergent worlds project“, under the auspices of Future learning lab, a collaboratory for the study of education, & learning, technology and innovation