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Curriculum Links and Real-World Learning Experiences

The Green-Campus programme encourages linkages to students’ academic studies, and that active learning opportunity has been embraced in our work – modules across seven different courses have had learning activities connected to Green-Campus.  Examples include:

  • Environmental students have organised Green Weeks, carried out waste audits, provided environmental training and transferred learning from the Cloughjordan ecovillage to LIT (see photo below of student displays).
  • Three computer students developed software to take data from an electricity meter and a water meter installed on the Thurles campus.  The software processes the data and allows the user to visualise it using customised graphs.
  • Social & Community Studies and Environmental students worked together in a problem-based learning (PBL) format to consult with external organisations in Thurles, to explore possible co-operation on environmental issues.  This led to a deputation of students and staff presenting to a local authority meeting regarding the planned Thurles Town Park.
  • Students from the Early Childhood Care and Education course engaged in workshops on the topic of plants and gardening.
  • Creative Multimedia students undertook projects on litter, road safety and a survey on travel to campus methods.

The committee encourage staff to consider linking assignments into Green-Campus.  Where students have choice regarding the topic for an assignment, the committee again encourages linkage to Green-Campus.  If you’d like to discuss possibilities, see the Getting in contact section on the menu.