The e-learning part of the course took place over four weeks in March/April 2012. It gave participants an inititial oversight into the main theoretical approaches in the area of Green Industry and allowed them to interact with each other in a facilitated environment. The modules offered some mandatory and optional reading materials, web-resources and multimedia content and were accompanied by discussion-forums. For a successful completion of the online course students further had to hand in a case study and pass an online test.
The e-learning course was constructed around four thematic modules (see box to the right). They covered a wide range of Green Industry related fields and ensured a common base of knowledge for all participants. Each module consisted of mandatory and optional readings, some web-resources and a moderated discussion-forum.
In online discussion forums participants were presented three questions on issues related to the overall thematic outlook of the module. They had the chance to contribute their views and to exchange their ideas in a facilitated environment, reflecting their personal geographical and professional backgrounds. During the course participants produced some 1,300 original postings in lively and engaging debates.
Case study assignment
In addition to their participation in online discussions participants were required to submit a case study. They could choose from 10 different sample case studytopics including, inter alia, Green Industry’s contribution to the international development agenda, national strategies to achieve eco-efficiency, and monitoring mechanisms for sustainable development. Participants had to apply the chosen topic to their geographical and professional background and to outline new policies for implementing the strategies described therein. For a sample case study, please click on the image to the right.
Participants were further asked to pass an online test consisting of 20 multiple choice questions based on the assigned reading materials, as well as on some of the content from discussion forums.
Their overall performance in all three components of the e-learning course was assessed by the Course Director, the Coordinator and experts from EMB in order to select a final list of 25 people, who were then invited for the in-residence part of the programme in Budapest.