E-collaborating for Environmentally Sustainable Health Curricula
This chapter aims to demonstrate how medical educators can use e-collaborative tools to collaborating internationally and cross-institutionally towards designing environmental sustainability and health (ESH) education. The main focus of the chapter is on sustainable medical curricula.
The chapter uses a case-study approach to bridge these broader e-collaborative principles with the specifics of implementation driven and supported by e-collaboration.
The case study describes the evolution of the Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE)-network into a network collaborative. Finally, the chapter discusses e-collaboration for education development through an illustrative case. The case concerns an UK-Greek University e-collaboration aimed at combating obesity and promoting climate literacy.
E-collaboration is central at all levels of the ESH curriculum design process from forming a network collaborative around the curriculum process, alignment of assessment and learning activities with objectives, discussing and agreeing on a vision to the actual implementation plan.
E-collaboration aids the curriculum design process such that people feel that their participation and interests are valued, as well as providing resources and input to resource stressed academics and institutions. E-collaboration is not an end in itself, but a means of enabling a global network collaborative to address an issue that suits this type of collaboration towards sustainable healthcare education.
This chapter is inventive in showing how the promotion of climate literacy can be a component of a sustainable medical curriculum and how this process is facilitated with e-collaborative tools. The chapter demonstrates how health education should educate climate literate health professionals who are able to address and reduce public health impacts of climate change.
KeywordsMedical curriculum Environmental sustainability Network collaboration Climate literacy Case study
First, for creating Fig. 1, our heartfelt thanks to Matthew D. Mueller, DO/MPH, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Second, funding was instrumental in physically bringing together members of the SHE Network on two occasions. The first funding, a Collaborative Teaching Grant from the UK Higher Education Academy allowed a national consultation process involving 64 participants to be held around the three Priority Learning Outcomes on sustainability. The second, funding for the collaboration between King’s College London, UK (KCL) was in part from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (AUTH).
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