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Rethinking education for capacity building: Environmental technologies and sustainable practice

Ho, G.ORCID: 0000-0001-9190-8812 and Priest, G. (2005) Rethinking education for capacity building: Environmental technologies and sustainable practice. In: 1st IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition, 10 - 15 July, Singapore.



The Environmental Technology Centre at Murdoch University has developed a range of learning packages for use by national and local government decision-makers, as well as NGOs and industry in developing countries. The objective of these learning packages is to provide greater accessibility to information on environmentally sound technologies and practices available through a multiple format set of learning tools. Four Learning packages examining sustainable water technologies and practices have been created
• Rainwater Harvesting;
• Wastewater Reuse;
• Water Demand Management, and
• Sustainable Sanitation.

For each of the above subjects, the group has produced three formats of learning packages:
• Short reference booklet;
• Face-to-face training course with user manual, and
• Online learning module (e-learning).

These enable users (instructors and trainees) to select which method(s) is/are best for their needs. The short reference booklet and the training course (presentations and user manual) have both been employed to great success at international workshops. The e-learning courses are a new method of delivery for the ETC. The ETC hopes to reach a broader audience through producing the array of learning tools. Each tool has a valuable role in education, however each has limitations as well. Face to face training methods often are a time consuming and expensive method of delivering information. Electronic learning eliminates the need for specialists to travel to remote regions to deliver seminars through putting the information within the reach of all who have an internet connection. Its requirements and limitations are still to be fully researched.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
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