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Networking European Universities through e-learning

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A case study of an e-learning course in higher education is presented with respect to the added value it brings to the learning environment. Students’ evaluation of the more traditionally taught blended-learning course showed their specific interest in the technical support that ensures availability of the teaching material, fair assessment, and wider communication opportunities.

On the basis of this interest, the course was developed into an e-learning version and is now used in international collaboration in ESD teaching. Based on the need for an open space for virtual student mobility, the Virtual Campus for a Sustainable Europe (VCSE) network of universities was established.

This European initiative represents a functional model of collaboration on different levels of education (Bachelors, Masters). This case study is focused on meeting learning objectives of ESD (education for sustainable development) in the virtual environment.