Title: The Learning Network on Sustainability: an e-mechanism for the development and diffusion of teaching materials and tools on design for sustainability in an open-source and copy left ethos

Authors: Carlo Vezzoli, Fabrizio Ceschin

Addresses: Politecnico di Milano, INDACO Department, Unit of Research Design and System Innovation for Sustainability (DIS), via Durando 38/A, 20158 Milan, Italy. ' Politecnico di Milano, INDACO Department, Unit of Research Design and System Innovation for Sustainability (DIS), via Durando 38/A, 20158 Milan, Italy

Abstract: This paper presents the intermediate results of the Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS) project, Asian-European multi-polar network for curricula development on Design for Sustainability (DfS). LeNS is a mechanism to develop and diffuse system DfS in design schools with a transcultural perspective. The main output of the project is the Open Learning E-Package (OLEP), an open web-platform that allows a decentralised and collaborative production and fruition of knowledge. Apart from the contents, the same LeNS web-platform is realised in an open-source and copy left ethos, allowing its download and reconfiguration in relation to specific needs, interests and geographical representation.

Keywords: e-learning; learning networks; didactic materials; didactic tools; learning objects; collaborative knowledge production; open source; copy left; DfS; design for sustainability; PSS; product-service systems; education; electronic learning; online learning; curriculum development; open learning; collaboration; sustainable development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2011.037753

International Journal of Management in Education, 2011 Vol.5 No.1, pp.22 - 43

Published online: 27 Dec 2010 *

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