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International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v14 n1 p1-15 Mar 2013

The United Nations (UN) constituted 2005-2014 as the decade for educational sustainable development when bridges have to be built between academic institutions and their communities. In this article I will therefore do a literature search from 2005-2011 on what it means to be a sustainable university with a sustainable curriculum by looking at case studies from other higher education institutions in order to begin to give guidelines for such an endeavour in an open and distance learning (ODL) institution. Thereafter I will focus on recommendations on how to transform present study material into a green curriculum by using a qualification in Human Settlements as a case study. (Contains 1 figure.)

Descriptors: Higher Education, Distance Education, Sustainable Development, Case Studies, College Students, Foreign Countries, Sustainability, Environmental Education, Ecology, Energy, Natural Resources, Colleges

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Autor: Louw, Willa


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