Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Sixth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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International Collaboration on a Sustainable Forestry Management OER Online Program – A Case Study
Min Qian (Michelle) Zeng, Hailan Chen, Anil Shrestha, Chris Crowley, Emma Ng, Guangyu Wang

Last modified: 02-05-2020

Abstract


Over time, forest education has had to adapt to keep up with global changes and to accomodate the needs of students and society. While facing pressing global issues like climate change, deforestation, illegal logging and food security, the role of higher forest education has shifted away from traditional teaching approaches and practices to methods that emphasize sustainable development, community-based management and environmental conservation in forestry. In doing so, forest education has cultivated human expertise that understands the complexity of ever-changing environments, masters state of the art technologies to manage fores and natural resources, and is capable of creating, communicating and implementing related policies in global communities and societies. In this context, educational technology and online lerning enable flexible, accessible, effective, and high-quality forest education. A case study of a Sustainable Forest Management Online program led by the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (UBC) shows that appropriately integrating educational technologies into an interntionally developed and recognized high quality curriculum is an effective way to create accessible and affordable forest education in meeting the demand of evolving societal and environmental conditions.

Keywords: forest education; educational technology; international collaboration, open educational resources


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