To overall goal is to develop an Aalto-wide online course for bachelor students that achieves the following:
- provides students with basics of sustainability
- provides students with a game changing mindset and skills to enable them to act as change agents
- helps to build an Aalto-wide network of sustainability actors
Sustainability Game Changers is a mindset course on sustainablity for all Aalto bachelor level students. The mindset the course aims to promote is that sustainability should be the starting point of all of our actions. Most people are well aware that, taken together, our life-styles form an unsustainable mix for the planet. However, many have gaps in their knowledge of actual risks and planetary boundaries that our modern life is threatening. Therefore, the first goal of the pilot is to provide the students the basics of sustainability – what do we currently know about the planet, its functioning and our impact on the planet’s ecosystem.
The current unsustainable way of living is based on myriad worldview-level beliefs, that seem to force us to continue living in unsustainable ways. Even though we are aware of climate change, biodiversity loss and other kinds of threats, something keeps us from acting. Therefore, the course also aims to empower students. The main method for this is storytelling. During the course, the students get acquainted with stories of game changers and game changing movements. A final task for them is also to tell their own story of sustainability. Through this exercise, we hope to nudge the mindset of the students into thinking that change for the better is possible, and that they themselves can also have an impact.
Pedagogical methods used
From the A!OLE development point of view, the special online learning method that the project will develop is the use of video and vlogging – a blog or learning diary in a form of a video.
Videos or vlogs can be used for
- lectures – communicating from teachers to students
- delivering the course tasks – communicating from students to teachers
- two-way communication – between the students and teachers
- working, commenting and communication within group works
During the first round, the course relies heavily on the MyCourses platform and the video platform Panopto, for the submission of video tasks. The course consists of modules. Each module has a page in MyCourses with related material and tasks. There are four modules that are meant to be performed in succession and one support module with directions for the video tasks.