[EV04-ENE] OER-Based Capacity-Building in the Field of Climate Change and Energy

DAY 2 – Tuesday 3 May – 11:15-12:45
Swiss Tech | Room 1A | Level Garden

Moderator | Summary | Panelists



Franziska Wolf
Hamburg University of Applied Science, Germany

Franziska Wolf (B.A. int, BBA, MIBA), deputy head of the Research & Transfer Centre FTZ-ALS at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, coordinates and manages international climate change adaptation, sustainable energy and technology transfer projects in Europe, the ACP region and Asia. Research interests include climate change, adaptation, and adaptive capacity, particularly in SIDS and LDCs, and education for sustainable development. Further interests include ICT4Development, i.e., the development of online learning courses and online conferences.



This session highlights the need and addresses the opportunities for integrating climate change and energy access/energy security/energy efficiency into lifelong learning initiatives, e.g. by utilizing open educational resources (OER). OER offer free access to knowledge, enable self-determined learning and interaction and facilitate the international transfer of knowledge and skills. Thus, they can play an important role in strengthening and building human capacities in less developed regions of the world, e.g. where awareness of and knowledge about sustainable energy technologies and climate change are lacking.

Selected strategies, MOOCs and project examples demonstrate how these challenges are addressed and which solutions and sustainable approaches have been developed that may, in the long run, benefit the sustainable socio-economic development of highly vulnerable countries such as SIDS.

It is hoped that the set of compact presentations of current and on-going initiatives trigger a lively discussion about the opportunities, but also constraints of using ICT-based lifelong learning solutions. Strengths and weaknesses of the showcased solutions will be discussed and their replication potential and/or utilization in other learning environments and for further target groups evaluated. Consistent with the need for more cross-sectoral interactions among the various stakeholders working at the interface of sustainable energy and sustainable education, the objectives of this session are as follows:

  • To provide the proposed initiatives and projects (plus selected further speakers) with an opportunity to display and present their works in the field of climate change adaptation;
  • To foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of energy education projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice;
  • To discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies of initiatives and projects, which aim to show how OER may be implemented in practice;
  • To network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for cooperation.

► Using MOOC for Inquiry-Based Learning and Diversity: The Case Leuphana Digital School

Felix Seyfarth1
1 Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany

► Lessons Learned from the MOOC Pathways to Climate Change Adaptation: The Case of Small Island Developing States

Alexander Bisaro1
1Global Climate Forum, Adaptation and Social Learning, Instructor “Pathways to Climate Change Adaptation: The Case of Small Island Developing States

► Reaching Out and Connecting Learners Via Open Education

Ellen Pflaum1
1Media Didactics HOOU@HAW, Study and Didactic Unit, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences