Active and Participatory Learning for Sustainability in an Online Space: The Case Study of CrowdTV

By Katie Ross and Jade Herriman.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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CrowdTV is a website designed to empower communities to create social change by collaboratively developing a documentary about issues that matter to them in an online community. For the first project completed on CrowdTV, the aim was to bring community members from Western Sydney together to create a documentary about water in their landscape. This reflective case study makes explicit the processes embedded within the CrowdTV project. The authors also question if the processes in this case study could exemplify the processes espoused by Education for Sustainability. Education for Sustainability is an approach to education that seeks to transition communities towards sustainability. Case studies of best practice EfS sites continue to be developed in order to help explain how to implement the processes and capture key components for doing so. Many case studies for EfS in the formal, non-formal and informal sectors exist, but very few explore the role of online processes as means to achieving EfS learning processes. This reflective case study attempts to add to this specific area and to support the refinement of CrowdTV to enhance educational outcomes.

Keywords: Education for Sustainability, Collaboration, Online Engagement, Culture, Environmental Sustainability, Water, Crowd Sourcing

The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.105-124. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 414.258KB).

Katie Ross

Senior Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Katie Ross joined the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney in 2010, bringing with her almost a decade of experience in the sustainability sector. She predominantly works across the Learning and Change, International Development, Energy and Local Government research areas on projects promoting capacity building, creative engagement, education for sustainability and policy reform. Katie received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University in the City of New York, and her Masters through a joint degree program between Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Jade Herriman

Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, Univesity of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Jade Herriman joined the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) in February 2006. Jade has 10 years experience in sustainability research and project management, with a background in ecology and environmental biology and experience in options analysis, program design and review, policy development, cost benefit analysis, and participatory processes. Her work at the Institute for Sustainable Futures has focused on community engagement and education, social research, decision making and strategic planning approaches to environmental management and sustainability including sustainability indicators, particularly within local government.