In the long run, sustainability teaching and learning could possibly be the most important legacy of sustainability action at Aston. If Aston graduates and future generations of students are to be adequately equipped to face the challenges of climate change, it is our responsibility as a University to provide them with an understanding of what they may face, and some tools with which to meet the challenges.
At a Teaching and Learning Workshop in March 2008 delegates considered the University’s current position and in what direction it should be moving. A survey has shown that there are a range of relevant modules on offer within all Schools, and from this a Directory of Sustainability Related Modules has been compiled. A strategy for embedding relevant aspects of sustainability in all of Aston’s taught programmes is currently under consideration.
The CLIPP department are also helping the Aston sustainability agenda through the use of Teaching and Learning technologies and by raising awareness to staff and students of potential carbon emission savings that can be made when running webinars and virtual classrooms. Aston University has a licence for Elluminate, which enables live (web based) presentations or classrooms via a PC and using a web browser. This is an ideal tool to use for distance learning, workshops and international conferences.