Sustainability and Green IT Education: Practice for Incorporating into the Australian Higher Education Curriculum

By Tomayess Issa, Theodora Issa and Vanessa Chang.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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Due to the rapid increase in the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by individuals and organizations around the world, ICT has become a significant instrument for searching, conducting research, communication, entertainment, and commerce and information, just to name a few activities. However, the recycling of ICT end-products is becoming a major dilemma for individuals and organizations. This is not simply a matter of being concerned about environmental damage or providing a solution to an environmental problem; it is a problem that should concern all of us. Indeed, a contemporary society should tackle and address such a problem and address it as a matter of urgency for the sake of the current and future stakeholders around the world. Stakeholders at all levels, including universities, must contribute to the transition towards a sustainable world. Universities play a major role in transforming societies’ and students’ critical philosophies and world views through their higher education and research. Universities need to raise the students’ awareness, especially in relation to their moral responsibility to contribute to sustainable development, and guide them to a better, sustainable future. This study discusses the development and delivery of a new Master unit dealing with the significance of sustainability and Green IT. This study provides empirical evidence based on quantitative and qualitative data from formal and informal feedback and reflections about the unit in general from 36 students. The students’ comments reflect their satisfaction with the unit’s overall constructs and assessments. The comprehensive outcomes confirm that students have become aware of what sustainable development is and how Green ICT should contribute to tackle this problem.

Keywords: Sustainability, Green IT, Higher Education Curriculum, Australia

The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.19-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 570.483KB).

Dr. Tomayess Issa

Postgraduate Course Leader, School of Information Systems, Curtin Business School, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Tomayess Issa is a senior lecturer at the School of Information Systems at Curtin University, Australia. Tomayess has vast experience in Australian tertiary education, teaching Usability and Human-Computer Interaction, Social Network, Sustainability and Green IT, Networking and Operating Systems. Tomayess completed her doctoral research in Web development and Human Factors. As an academic, she is also interested in establishing teaching methods and styles to enhance the students’ learning experiences and resolve problems that students face. Tomayess Issa is a member of an international conference program committee of the IADIS International Conference on Internet Technologies and Society and IADIS International Conference on International Higher Education. Furthermore, she initiated the IADIS conference for Sustainability, Green IT and Education. Currently, she conducts research locally and globally in information systems, HCI, usability, the Internet, sustainability, green IT, cloud computing, social networking and teaching and learning. Tomayess participated in a couple of conferences and published her work in several peer-reviewed journals, books, book chapters, papers and research reports.

Dr. Theodora Issa

Lecturer, School of Management, Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia

Dr Theodora Issa is a Lecturer at School of Management, Curtin Business School, Curtin University, Australia. Theodora’s PhD thesis was on ethical mindsets, spirituality and aesthetics that has been the recipient of the 2010 EFMD/Emerald Outstanding Doctoral research award. Theodora holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Electronic Commerce and a Master of Management Research. Theodora’s engagement with higher education started with her teaching at the School of Information Systems in the areas of Web Design and Problem analysis, during which period she supervised students who implemented industry-based information systems projects. Thereafter, Theodora moved to the School of Management teaching management and business ethics for undergraduate and postgraduate. Theodora’s research interests include teaching, online teaching and learning, ethical mindsets, ethical climate, spirituality, aesthetic judgment, sustainable business development and ethical strategies, which ignited her interest in Green IT and cloud-computing. Theodora participated in several conferences on ethics, teaching and learning, sustainability, and has been the recipient of ‘best paper wars in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Theodora has been awarded ‘The New Researcher of the Year’ prize of the Curtin Business School, Australia. Theodora had published in several peer-reviewed journals, member of editorial committees, and member of different governing bodies.

Assoc Prof Vanessa Chang

Dean of Teaching and Learning, Curtin Business School, Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia

Vanessa Chang is Associate Professor in Curtin Teaching and Learning, Curtin University. Her research interests include Global IT Management, IT Governance, Business Process Management, Cloud Computing, and Green IT. In addition, her research interests also cover areas of e-learning environments, virtual worlds, and Web 2.0. She has experienced in consulting and teaching in Information Technology Management, IT Planning, Business Systems Analysis, Object-Oriented Analysis, and Agile Development Methodologies.