Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

E-Learning and Sustainable Development

  • Daniel OttoEmail author
  • Sara Becker
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_211



It is still a matter of controversy whether E-Learning has in fact triggered a new educational paradigm. However, it is not overstated to claim that E-Learning nowadays is ubiquitous and has transformed our way of thinking about teaching and learning (Garrison 2011; Johnson and Brown 2017; Tibaná-Herrera et al. 2018). Since the first occurrence of E-Learning in the mid-1990s, this transformation has been observable in manifold fields in higher education and has had enormous ramifications for the prevalence of sustainable development (Corbeil and Corbeil 2015). However, attempts to grasp the main idea behind E-Learning are puzzling as the term itself is in constant flux and hence elusive (Nicholson 2007; Stein et al. 2011). A first glance at the literature reveals that even though the term E-Learning is well established, it is still loosely defined. Despite consensus that E-Learning, to a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Educational SciencesUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Cultural and Social SciencesFernUniversität in HagenHagenGermany
  3. 3.Interdisciplinary Distance Studies of Environmental SciencesFernUniversität in HagenHagenGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Molderez
    • 1
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium