Appropedia as a Tool for Service Learning in Sustainable Development

Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 47-55, 2009

10 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2012

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Joshua M. Pearce

Michigan Technological University; Aalto University

Date Written: February 29, 2012

Abstract

Numerous studies have demonstrated that university students are capable of contributing to sustainable development while improving their academic skills. Unfortunately for many institutions, the expense of sending large cohorts of students on international service learning trips is prohibitive. Yet, students remain enthusiastic and well equipped to assist in sustainable development. This article reports on two pedagogical experiments in service learning that overcame this challenge by providing solutions to sustainable development problems using Appropedia.org, the site for collaborative solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development. The course successfully used Appropedia (1) as a forum for students who were geographically dispersed, (2) for a whole-class writing collaboration, (3) to coordinate a sustainability-focussed outreach campaign to retrofit stop lights in communities throughout Pennsylvania and (4) to review class material with application to technologies for sustainable development.

Keywords: service learning, open source appropriate technology, appropriate technology, OSAT, sustainable development, sustainability

JEL Classification: I20

Suggested Citation

Pearce, Joshua M., Appropedia as a Tool for Service Learning in Sustainable Development (February 29, 2012). Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 47-55, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2013124

Joshua M. Pearce (Contact Author)

Michigan Technological University ( email )

Houghton, MI 49931
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.mse.mtu.edu/~pearce/Index.html

Aalto University ( email )

P.O. Box 21210
Helsinki, 00101
Finland

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