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Take actions to identify, analyse and care the landscape around us!

This course is available in 4 languages: English, Italian, Spanish, German. The course structure is in English, but on each page you can choose the language you prefer.

Course description

Landscape Education for Transition” responds to a recommendation by the Council of the European Union, which encourages highlighting the significant role of education as a tool for achieving a green and sustainable transition. Furthermore, the MOOC proposes a landscape-oriented education, both for outstanding and ordinary landscapes. This approach underscores the undeniable connection between landscape and quality of life and emphasizes how institutions should incorporate landscape considerations into their policies.

Citizens have rights and responsibilities concerning the landscape, which is the result of both physical and cultural factors. Then, it becomes of vital importance to take actions aimed at the identification, assessment, protection, management, and planning of the landscape, ultimately resulting in genuine citizen participation.

Therefore, this MOOC is oriented to “(…) highlight the key role of schools, higher education and other education and training institutions in engaging with learners, parents, educators and the wider community on the changes needed for a successful, just and inclusive green transition. In its conclusions on ‘Biodiversity – the need for urgent action’, the Council stressed that investing in education, among other areas, is key in gathering the best data and finding the best solutions in this regard. The EU Youth Strategy identifies a sustainable green Europe as a goal and calls for all young people to be environmentally active and educated” (Council Recommendation of the European Union, 2022).

Landscape Education for Transition” is structured to encompass various sections. Throughout these different segments, the overarching theme of "transition" serves as the common thread.

In this context, "transition" is defined as the educational focal point of the MOOC, with a specific emphasis on green transition and sustainable development. The program is designed to foster an understanding of the interconnected global challenges facing society, such as the climate crisis, environmental degradation, and biodiversity loss, among many others. These challenges are recognized for their multifaceted impact on environmental, social, economic, and cultural dimensions, as highlighted by the Council of the European Union.

Landscape Education for Transition” is structured in 5 sections:

  • Food for thought. Key concepts
  • Landscape Visions. Transition and Education
  • Good Practices. Ideas and Experiences
  • MiniTools. Operational Tools
  • Your Learning Path. Planning and Sharing

Total workload of the course: 3 hours

This MOOC is provided by Politecnico di Milano, in collaboration with UNIVERSIDAD DE MURCIA (Spain), IES POETA JULIAN ANDUGAR (Spain), Cuatro Naranjos Murcia Active School. Murcia (Spain), Educación para el desarrollo sostenible InDirectFilm (Contemporary Audiovisual Practices) (Spain), ISTITUTO COMPRENSIVO LUIGI GALVANI (Italy), OIKODROM-FORUM NACHHALTIGE STADT - VEREIN FUER NEUE STAEDTEBAUKULTUR (Austria), MS Koppstraße 110 Schule 2 (Austria), UNIVERSITAET FUER ANGEWANDTE KUNST WIEN (Austria).

This MOOC is one of the outputs of the Edulands for transition project (No.KA220-SCH-AAD7528B).

Edulands
European Union

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Some videos were created with the help of AI (generative Artificial Intelligence) based on content produced by a machine translation tool which is fully automated and does not involve human intervention. We aim to strike a reasonable balance between providing the video in multiple EU languages and limited resources for translation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By actively participating in this MOOC, you will be able to:

  1. describe what is meant by landscape and cultural heritage, consistent with European guidelines.
  2. describe the different dimensions included in the concept of 'landscape';
  3. connect heritage education and landscape education, heritage education and active citizenship education;
  4. to design a a training path for you specific context based on the potential of heritage education for intercultural and intergenerational exchange, also in the context of ordinary or degraded landscapes;
  5. get motivated to action for the landscape (and consequently to exhort his/her students) and to promote the involvement of his/her students in the material care of a landscape;
  6. have the opportunity to explore different landscapes and understand the 'Edulands' methodology will be able to recognise the value and opportunities of each landscape.
    ESCO: demonstrate cultural awareness
    ESCO: organise culture events
    ESCO: create landscape designs
    ESCO: advise on use of land
    ESCO: appreciate diverse cultural and artistic expression
    ESCO: support cultural diversity

Prerequisites

No prerequisite knowledge is required for this course. 

Activities

Over and above consulting the content, in the form of videos and other web-based resources, you will have the opportunity to discuss course topics and to share ideas with your peers in the Forum of this MOOC. The forum of this MOOC is freely accessible and participation is not guided; you can use it to compare yourself with other participants, or to discuss course contents with them.

Topic outline

  • Board

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  • Week 0 - Introduction

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  • Week 1 - Food for Thoughts. Key concepts

    This first week helps reflect on key transition themes. It focuses on what landscape is, the connection between landscape and cultural heritage, and our role in safeguarding and improving the landscape. It then illustrates the role of education in addressing ecological transition through an interview with Tremeur Denigot, an expert from the European Commission in Green Education.
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  • Week 2 - Landscape Views. Transition and Education

    The second week presents some methodological and practical approaches for reading and designing the landscape.

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  • Week 3 - Good Practices. Ideas and Experiences

    In this week we propose to explore the educational paths experienced by teachers with their classes during the two years of the EDULANDS project.

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  • Week 4 - MiniTOOLs. Operational Tools

    This week brings together the activity sheets called MINITOOLS developed and tested by the researchers, artists and teachers of the Edulands project.

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  • Week 5 - Your Learning Path. Designing and Sharing

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  • Additional resources

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      Video transcripts Folder
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Assessment

Your final grade for the course will be based on the results of your answers to the quizzes and completing the final exercise. You have unlimited attempts at each quiz, but you must wait 5 minutes before you can try again. You will have successfully completed the course if you achieve 60% (or more) of the total course score. The maximum score possible for each quiz is given at the top of the quiz. You can see your score in the quiz on your last attempt or on the 'Grades' page.

Certificate of accomplishment

You must be registered in POK through Politecnico di Milano personal account to obtain the Certificate of Accomplishment. It will be released to anyone who successfully completed the course by achieving at least 60% of the total score in the graded quizzes and filling the final survey. 

You will be able to download the Certificate of Accomplishment directly from Politecnico di Milano web services.

The Certificate of Accomplishment does not confer any academic credit, grade or degree. 

Information about fees and access to materials

The course is delivered in online mode and is available free of charge.

Course faculty

Paola Branduini

Paola Branduini

Teacher

Architect, PhD in Rural Engineering, she is a researcher in Architectural preservation at the ABC Department of the Politecnico di Milano. Her research focuses on the knowledge, conservation and management of the rural landscape as heritage. She works on landscape education for different school levels in collaboration with local institutions, both with innovative didactic tools and with practical actions on the fields.

Camilla Casonato

Camilla Casonato

Teacher

Camilla Casonato, Ph.D. in Preservation of the Architectural Heritage, former teacher in secondary school is now Associate Professor of Architectural Representation at Politecnico di Milano. Her research focuses on cultural landscape representation and communication, heritage education and green education methodologies, participatory representation, digital innovation for cultural heritage enhancement, architectural representation history and theory. She participated in several research-action projects involving schools, among which: ScAR-School Activate Resources (project manager), Edulands for transition (EU funding Erasmus+), Through the city (unit coordinator). Among her publications: Discovering the everyday landscape. A cultural heritage education project in the urban periphery (LetteraVentidue 2022), Cultural Heritage Education in the everyday Landscape. School, Citizenship, Space, and Representation (Springer 2022).

Francesca Concia

Francesca Concia

Instructional Designer

Francesca Concia, graduated in Classics, passionate about History, Literature, Art, and above all Knowledge and Learning, has been working at METID since 2001 as a Project Manager in national and international innovative teaching projects. She supervised the course design and coordinated its implementation.



Special thanks to:

- Mónica González Candela (Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine - University of Murcia), Antonio Abellan Alarcon (Architect, Associate teacher of Architectural Projects - University of Alicante, Founder of Huerta Bizarra Collective), Michaela Theresia Martinek (AProf. Mag.art. Department of Design, Material Culture and Experimental Practices - University of Applied Arts Vienna) and Rolf Laven (HS-Prof. MMag. Department of Design, Architecture and Environment for Art Education -University of Applied Arts Vienna), for their contribution to the “Views on Landscape”;
- Paola Alejandra Aguilar Sánchez (Landscape Architect - Intern ABC Department, Politecnico di Milano), for designing and editing the MiniTOOLs and taking care of Spanish translation;
- Adele de la Puente (Head Teacher of a multilevel class at Mittelschule Koppstraße 2 - Vienna) for reviewing the German language translations;
- and to all those who shared their experiences with their pupils as part of the EduLANDs project.

Contact details

If you have any enquiries about the course or if you need technical assistance please contact pok@polimi.it. For further information, see FAQ page.