Online sustainability resource launched in Latrobe Valley

A new online resource has just been launched for local TAFE students. Developed in Gippsland, it explains in simple terms a wide range of sustainability and resource use issues.

The GippsTAFE Sustainability Explorer, designed and built by GippsTAFE’s Innovation Department, was unveiled at a Sustainability Workshop held last week (Monday 5 December) in the Latrobe Valley.

With the requirement for many training courses to include a sustainability component, GippsTAFE realised a resource such as this would have wide application for all of its students.

It is designed to be user friendly, with an Avatar to help guide students through the various steps, according to Malcolm Jolly from the GippsTAFE Innovation Department.

It is presented as a quest style game, where learners have to complete various tasks to earn a key to unlock the following section.

“Being self-paced and containing lots of interactions, students are able to work at their own pace exploring eight common areas of sustainability,” Mr Jolly said. “An avatar guides the user through the content, re-enforcing messages along with providing instructions on how to use the resource.”

The Sustainability Explorer commences with an introduction explaining the concept of sustainability. It then looks at society, and achieving the balance between industry and the environment. The resource then goes into specific areas that all people should be able to relate to including: the environmental impacts of food production, energy use, electronic goods and potential for e-waste, housing and domestic energy and water use, vehicles, and the impact of a consumer society on the environment.

Dianne Nicols, a Green Skills Training Specialist with Sustainability Victoria, also provided information on the latest resources Sustainability Victoria has available for teachers, while representatives from the Group Training Association of Victoria provided participants with an insight into the sustainability assessments activities that they have developed.

GippsTAFE CEO Dr Peter Whitley congratulated the GippsTAFE Innovation team on the development of the resource. “Learning about sustainability is a key part of training programs these days, and this innovative idea will simplify and improve learning about these issues,” he said.