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E-learning as a tool for implementing a sustainable fashion curriculum in textile universities in Europe

  • The strong demand to transform the textile and fashion industry towards sustainability requires continuous implementation of the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) mission statement in education and industry. To achieve this goal, the European research project "Fashion DIET - Sustainable Fashion Curriculum at Textile Universities in Europe. Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Teaching Module for Educators", co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union (2020-1-DE01-KA203-005657), aims to create an ESD module for university lecturers and research-based teaching and learning materials delivered through an e-learning portal. First, an online questionnaire was rolled out to assess university faculty attitudes toward and needs for ESD content and methods. The feedback questionnaire enabled the selection of the most relevant data for the elaboration of an action and research-oriented professional development module for ESD in textile education, which will be accessible through an information & e-learning portal. The e-learning portal can be used as a web-based tool to apply and evaluate the project outcomes, e.g. the further education module and the teaching and learning materials for educators, such as manuals, broadcasts and the provision of interactive and physical materials. It thus ensures that the teaching materials can be used sustainably in the classroom. It also provides country-specific data for the fashion and textile industry and its market, taking into account the different perspectives of universities and schools. In any case, the portal represents (1) the web-based platform to support the dissemination of ESD as a guiding principle and (2) a central contact point for the target group to obtain relevant information on ESD. Fashion DIET explores the use of e-learning to improve teaching and learning on ESD, by training educators and empowering them as multipliers for a sustainable textile and fashion industry. At a higher level, the European project strengthens the quality and relevance of learning provision in education towards the latest developments in textile research and innovation in terms of a more sustainable fashion.

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Author of HS ReutlingenSträhle, Jochen; Köksal, Deniz
Erschienen in:Education & Technology in (Post)pandemic times : Proceedings of the 17th International Scientific Conference "eLearning and Software for Education" Bucharest, April 22 - 23, 2021; Volume 3
Publisher:ADL Romania
Place of publication:Bucharest
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2021
Tag:e-learning; education; sustainable development; textiles
Page Number:7
First Page:98
Last Page:104
DDC classes:378 Hochschulbildung
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt