A set of educational materials was developed and tested in the SUSPLUS project during the Absalon-based on-line course coordinated by the University of Copenhagen between May and July 2017. The e-learning phase of the project was an introductory phase for the following Intensive Study Programme (summer course), therefore the covered topics had an aim to give the students background knowledge and prepare them to the topics that were wider discussed during the summer course.
This e-learning materials included, among the others, (a) four introductory lectures followed by 10 subject lectures covering wide range of topics (see below), provided both as videos and background presentations, and (b) 6 short hotspots recorded with the representatives of a number of key organisations and movements as well as company founders supporting the organic and sustainable food systems in different regions of the world.
Steps taken towards development of the Output: O3-A1: Building an Absalon profile for the project (11.2016-1.2017); O3-A2: Preparation of educational materials (self-presentation videos, video lectures, ‘Hotspots’, and evaluation quizzes, questions for discussion) for the e-learning module (12.2016-4.2017); O3-A3: Placing study materials on the platform (4.2017), followed by testing them on the group of enrolled students (5-7.2017).
Topics of the video lectures included:
- Introductory lectures (Meddiet and NND as sustainable diets; International frames and initiatives towards sustainable food systems and diets; Systems research methods)
- Impact of farming methods on the environment & food quality (by Dr Średnicka-Tober)
- Turning into practice – The role of dietary guidelines (by Prof. Susanne Bügel)
- From farm to fork: Food value chain analysis (by Prof. Teresa Briz)
- Concepts and approaches in agroecology for sustainable food
systems (by Prof. Alexander Wezel)
- Eco-systems services in food systems (by Prof. Eve Veromann)
- Driving sustainable diets: The role of food service (by Prof. Carola Strassner)
- Sustainability assessment of agricultural and food systems (by Prof. Paola Migliorini)
- Aspects of food quality analysis (by Prof. Ewa Rembialkowska)
- Geographical indications and terroir: examples from France (by Dr. Cèline Michaud)
- The organic food system model (by prof. Johannes Kahl)
The short ‘Hotspots’ were recorded with the representatives of a number of key organisations and movements as well as company founders supporting the organic and sustainable food systems in different regions of the world, in that:
- David Gould (North American representative & Program Facilitator, IFOAM – Organics International)
- Frank Mechielsen (Senior Advocacy Officer for Sustainable Food, Hivos)
- Nikolai Fuchs (Board Member, GLS Treuhand, Germany)
- Roberto Azofeifa (Chief of Sustainable Production Department, National Directorate of Agricultural Extension, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica)
- Ulrich Walter (Company Founder, Lebensbaum, Germany)
- Volkert Engelsman (CEO, Eosta, Nature and More)
Link to all video lectures, video self-presentations of lecturers and short hotspots: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYO61iqD-LZ9l-iypAvp3OuOZgJuYMjCd
Background presentations for the video lectures can be found here:
University of Copenhagen was responsible for the development of an Absalon profile for the project, solving all technical issues and coordinating the process of developing & placing all educational materials on the platform. All partners were responsible for preparation of innovative video lectures and other study materials and for participating in the e-discussions.
Here you can find also:
Questions for multiple choice on-line quizes: E-learning quiz questions
Recording of on-line discussions in Absalon:
Complete O3 Intellectual Output of the project is available here: SUSPLUS_O3_E-learning module.