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Promoting sustainable living in the borderless world through blended learning platforms

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Khar Thoe Ng ,

Research and Development (R&D) Division, SEAMEO RECSAM, Penang, MY
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Suma Parahakaran,

Wawasan Open University, Penang, MY
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Rhea Febro,

MSU-Illigan Institute of Technology, Mindanao, PH
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Egbert Weisheit,

Studienseminar Gymnasien (Teacher Education College), Kassel, DE
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Tan Luck Lee

Mara University of Technology, Johor, MY
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Abstract

Student-centred learning approaches like collaborative learning are needed to facilitate meaningful learning among self-motivated lifelong learners within educational institutions through interorganizational Open and Distant Learning (ODL) approaches. The purpose of this study is to develop blended learning platforms to promote sustainable living, building on an e-hub with sub-portals in SEARCH to facilitate activities such as “Education for Sustainable Development” (ESD), webinars, authentic learning, and the role of m-/e-learning. Survey questionnaires and mixed-research approach with mixed-mode of data analysis were used including some survey findings of in-service teachers’ understanding and attitudes towards ESD and three essential skills for sustainable living. Case studies were reported in telecollaborative project on “Disaster Risk Reduction Education” (DR RED) in Malaysia, Germany and Philippines. These activities were organized internationally to facilitate communication through e-platforms among participants across national borders using digital tools to build relationships, promote students’ Higher Order Thinking (HOT) skills and innate ability to learn independently.

How to Cite: Ng, K. T., Parahakaran, S., Febro, R., Weisheit, E., & Lee, T. L. (2013). Promoting sustainable living in the borderless world through blended learning platforms. Open Praxis, 5(4), 275–288. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5944/openpraxis.5.4.88
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Published on 01 Oct 2013.
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