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DIY “Essay”

July 29, 2011


This year I’m teaching Web1 (1 because it is in first year, the subject matter is Web2.0).   The course has a large project that generates 50% of the marks.  Another 30% is for achievement of weekly learning outcomes – this is entirely self and peer assessed through a collaborative learning approach – all their […]

Showcasing what is already great

June 30, 2011


Here’s today’s presentation showcasing what is already great in Education for Sustainability at Otago Polytechnic.   For workshop for Staff Professional Development day, 30th June 2011.  Presenters: Niki Bould, Bridie Lonie, Andy Thompson, Morag MacAuley and Samuel Mann.  Our intention is to show what good things are already happening across the institution in a way […]

Modelling sustainability in the chaotic and unpredictable

June 16, 2011


I’m always on the lookout for ways of engaging people in sustainability.  And I just realised that I have a great tool on my shelf already.  So, here’s something completely different that does that engaging: Fluxx. Fluxx, from Looney Labs is a card game that is all about change. It is a draw-play-discard game in […]

Book launch: The Green Graduate

June 9, 2011


 The challenge: every student graduates able to think and act as a sustainable practitioner, whatever their field. This is the goal Otago Polytechnic set itself and, as one of the main proponents, Samuel Mann became the go-to guy. Here he takes the reader on that journey and in doing so provides the framework for making […]

Desire unmatched by skills equals disempowerment for computing students

July 20, 2010


At the CITRENZ conference last week Dobrila and Mike Lopez presented an interesting paper on sustainability worldviews of incoming students at Manukau Institute of Technology (pdf). Their paper aimed to replicate our study of Otago Polytechnic students (summarised in post “Can’t rely on geeks” here, from original paper). This replication aimed to cement the generalisability […]