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Synchronous E-Learning on Rural Sustainability: A Reflection on a Course with Six Universities across Canada, Mexico, and the United States

Synchronous E-Learning on Rural Sustainability: A Reflection on a Course with Six Universities across Canada, Mexico, and the United States
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Author(s): Denise M. Golden (Lakehead University, Canada), Alex S. Mayer (Michigan Technological University, USA), Brian E. McLaren (Lakehead University, Canada), Jason E. Dampier (Lakehead University, Canada), Patrick T. Maher (University of Northern British Columbia, Canada), M. A. (Peggy) Smith (Lakehead University, Canada) and Mirella Stroink (Lakehead University, Canada)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 19
Source title: Handbook of Research on Pedagogical Innovations for Sustainable Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ken D. Thomas (Auburn University, USA) and Helen E. Muga (University of Mount Union, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5856-1.ch029

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Abstract

During this time of heightened awareness of issues related to sustainable development, there has been an explosion and advancement in communication and computer technologies. Merging the study of sustainable development in rural North America with technological innovation is the subject of this chapter. The authors discuss the evolution in education from traditional teaching environments and approaches, to interactive student and instructor learning's via computers and the Internet. The chapter reviews the authors' experience in a synchronous e-learning course on rural sustainability over a large geographic area, including the technology and technological challenges, working with diverse cultures, languages and academic disciplines, benefits and lessons learned.

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