Promoting sustainable human development in engineering: Assessment of online courses within continuing professional development strategies

Pérez Foguet, Agustí; Lazzarini, Boris; Giné, Ricard; Velo, Enrique; Boni, Alejandra; Sierra Castañer, Manuel; Zolezzi, Guido y Trimingham, Rhoda (2017). Promoting sustainable human development in engineering: Assessment of online courses within continuing professional development strategies. "Journal of Cleaner Production", v. 172 ; pp. 4286-4302. ISSN 0959-6526. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.244.

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Título: Promoting sustainable human development in engineering: Assessment of online courses within continuing professional development strategies
Autor/es:
  • Pérez Foguet, Agustí
  • Lazzarini, Boris
  • Giné, Ricard
  • Velo, Enrique
  • Boni, Alejandra
  • Sierra Castañer, Manuel
  • Zolezzi, Guido
  • Trimingham, Rhoda
Tipo de Documento: Artículo
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Cleaner Production
Fecha: Junio 2017
Volumen: 172
Materias:
Palabras Clave Informales: Sustainable human development, Engineering, Global dimensión, Continuing professional development
Escuela: E.T.S.I. Telecomunicación (UPM)
Departamento: Señales, Sistemas y Radiocomunicaciones
Licencias Creative Commons: Reconocimiento - Sin obra derivada - No comercial

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Resumen

Higher Education Institutions play a critical role in societies transition towards sustainable development, educating future professionals and decision makers. In the last few decades, a number of technical universities have devoted major efforts to integrating sustainable development into engineering curricula. There is still, however, an increasing need to further transform learning and training environments and build capacity of educators and trainers on sustainable development issues. Against this background, this paper assesses the role of online training courses, within continuing professional development strategies, in promoting sustainable human development in engineering degrees. It was built upon the implementation of a European initiative, the Global Dimension in Engineering Education, promoted by a transdisciplinary consortium of technical universities and nongovernmental organisations. In terms of method, this study analyses two sets of quantitative and qualitative indicators to assess i) the perceived quality/relevance of the training proposals, and ii) the learning acquisition of participants. Quantitative indicators were complemented by a descriptive analysis of findings from a semi-structured survey. The results provide evidence that online learning can be an effective approach for continuing professional development of academics. The findings also suggest that participants perceived online courses? contents and curricula, developed jointly by academics and practitioners of non-governmental organisations, as relevant and useful for integrating sustainability principles in teaching activities. To conclude, authors recommend the leaders of higher educational institutions to explore the integration of online courses addressed to faculty into university policy and strategies, as away to promote professional development and the engagement of academics on sustainable development.

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ID de Registro: 50626
Identificador DC: http://oa.upm.es/50626/
Identificador OAI: oai:oa.upm.es:50626
Identificador DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.244
URL Oficial: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652617314130
Depositado por: Memoria Investigacion
Depositado el: 14 May 2018 15:13
Ultima Modificación: 14 May 2018 15:13
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