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Sustaining a Culture of Excellence: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Land Management

Chair of Land Management, Technical University of Munich, Arcisstrasse 21, 80333 Munich, Germany
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Sustainability 2019, 11(12), 3280; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11123280
Received: 3 May 2019 / Revised: 9 June 2019 / Accepted: 11 June 2019 / Published: 14 June 2019
Increasing globalization and the emergence of disruptive learning technologies have derived a pedagogical paradigm shift from the conventional on-campus higher education to the digital and online higher education. Massive open online courses (MOOCs), especially, are the most notable manifestation of educational transformation. We developed a MOOC entitled Introduction to Land Management (ILMx MOOC) for potential entrants to the land management domain, or for those who simply want to become aware of land-related challenges and brought together with thousands of participants worldwide with freely accessible course content and rooms for open discussion. Our experience with ILMx MOOC has accumulated new knowledge and insight across a broad range of questioning on how to design and develop alternative courseware and teach using digital learning technologies in land management. This paper examines an account of emerging patterns of demographics, geography, and course engagement throughout the ILMx MOOC. We found that the subject of land management in digital higher education affects gender gaps in enrolments. We also assume that the topic of land management has been globally recognized as an important nexus to guide professionals in international development studies and practices as well as sustainability research. However, new behavioral patterns of learners were also observed. They participated in the learning process very enthusiastically only during the first month of the course and this seems to be due to lack of motivation and interest to induce learners efficiently into the learning content. We believe that the culture of excellence in land management needs to be accompanied by engaged excellence and new forms of educational culture and work processes. This means that the high-quality and rigorous knowledge we produce and accumulate is coupled closely with new styles of educational development and delivery, new types of resources and hardware, and extensive engagement with countries, localities, people, and practices of those who handle land matters. View Full-Text
Keywords: massive open online course (MOOC), land management; the culture of excellence; digital higher education; knowledge engagement massive open online course (MOOC), land management; the culture of excellence; digital higher education; knowledge engagement
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Lee, C.; de Vries, W.T. Sustaining a Culture of Excellence: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Land Management. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3280.

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