E-learning module was an Absalon on-line course within the SUSPLUS project, coordinated by the University of Copenhagen in May-July 2017. The e-learning educational materials included a set of video lectures, presentations, on-line quizzes, ‘Hotspots’, self-presentations of lecturers within the topic of sustainable food system. 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 some background knowledge and prepare them to the topics that were wider discussed during the summer cours.

The e-learning platform and all developed materials form the O3 Intellectual Output of the SUSPLUS project. 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].

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 vself-presentations of lecturers and short hotspots: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYO61iqD-LZ9l-iypAvp3OuOZgJuYMjCd


Background presentations for the video lectures:

Johannes Kahl, e-learning Intro lecture, International frames and initiatives towards sustainable food systems and diets

Carola Strassner, e-learning Intro lecture, Systems thinking

Carola Strassner, e-learning Intro lecture, Creative problem solving

Dominika Srednicka-Tober, e-learning Lecture 1, Impact of farming methods on the environment food quality

Susanne Bügel, e-learning Lecture 2, Turning into practise the role of dietary guidelines

Teresa Briz, e-learning Lecture 3, From farm to fork food value chain analysis

Alexander Wezel, e-learning Lecture 4, Agroecology and Sustianble Food Systems

Eve Veromann, e-learning Lecture 5, Ecosystem services in food_systems

Carola Strassner, e-learning Lecture 6, Food systems

Paola Migliorini, e-learning Lecture 7, Sustainability assessment of agricultural and food systems

Ewa Rembialkowska, e-learning Lecture 8, Aspects of food quality analysis

Celine Michaud, e-learning Lecture 9, Geographical indications and terroir examples from France

Johannes Kahl, e-learning Lecture 10, The organic food system model

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:

Dominika Srednicka-Tober, Discussion on lecture 1

Susanne Bügel, Discussion on lecture 2

Teresa Briz, Discussion on lecture 3

Alexander Wezel, Discussion on lecture 4

Eve Veromann, Discussion on lecture 5

Carola Strassner, Discussion on lecture 6

Paola Migliorini, Discussion on lecture 7

Carola Strassner, Adittional discussion on lecture 6

Ewa Rambialkowska, Discussion on lecture 8

Celine Michaud, Discussion on lecture 9

Johannes Kahl, Discussion on lecture 10

Susanne Bügel, Discussion on the national dish

Johannes Kahl, Discussion about the assignment


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