Education using e-learning methodology at a higher education level – potential for supporting regional cooperation and promoting of a European Learning Space in the interdisciplinary field of sustainable development

Keywords: Higher education, e-learning, sustainable development competences, social learning, communities of practice, methods, tools and assessment of learning outcomes and processes


In the sphere of higher education, the ability to communicate and collaborate across the boundaries of a nation, culture and discipline is one of the basic competences required for sustainable development. A multi-dimensional approach that addresses both the academic community and local/regional actors and decision-makers is needed, and thematic networks of diverse regional partners are often built to cooperate on practical issues that require particular expertise and/or have a learning dimension. Because of this network character, the complex issue of sustainable development can be inter-related to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and tools, and virtual collaborative learning used as an ideal learning environment to develop trans-boundary abilities, so that the participants experience differences in perspective in a very direct way and have to come to a joint solution of any given problem.

This article presents a brief review of experiences in e-learning used within an international network of cooperating universities with the vision to promote an open European Learning Space and provide a platform for interdisciplinary and intercultural knowledge and experience required to understand sustainability at the European level. Together with a theoretical reflection upon the theme, this analysis should permit generalized and extended usability of the e-learning methodology across diverse contexts of higher education, and potentially include other regional institutions to support the establishment of a regional partnership within Regional Centers of Expertise (RCE).Tento text přináší stručný přehled zkušeností s e-learningovou metodou použitou v rámci mezinárodní sítě spolupráce univerzit, které společně budují otevřený evropský výukový prostor a poskytují tak platformu pro rozvoj interdisciplinárních a mezikulturních poznatků a zkušeností nezbytných pro porozumění udržitelnosti na evropské úrovni. Spolu s teoretickou reflexí použité metodologie umožňuje tato analýza její všeobecné a široké využití v různých kontextech v rámci vysokoškolské výuky, a také potenciální zapojení dalších regionálních subjektů, což může přispět k ustavení regionální formy spolupráce a její institucionalizaci jakožto Regionálního centra expertízy (RCE).


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Dlouhá, J., Dlouhý, J., & Barton, A. (2010). Education using e-learning methodology at a higher education level – potential for supporting regional cooperation and promoting of a European Learning Space in the interdisciplinary field of sustainable development. Envigogika, 5(3).
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