UAE: New e-learning tool to increase environmental awareness


A digital environmental educational platform has been launched in Abu Dhabi to increase environmental knowledge and awareness among students and educators.

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) launched the e-Green platform on Wednesday.

It is the first collaborative e-learning tool exclusively dedicated to the environmental sector in the Middle East, launched with the vision of creating a leading e-learning tool.

The e-Green tool is free to use for everybody, and aims to increase environmental knowledge and awareness, with a specific focus on the environment and conservation in Abu Dhabi.

In its first phase, e-Green was launched for schools, and features content that will be beneficial to students, educators and environmental experts. In 2023 the platform will be ready for its public launch and will be available for everyone to use. It will also enable local, regional and international organisations to upload their content and educational courses.

There are currently eight learning paths available for schools. The first topic is the Sustainable Schools Initiative (SSI) which is sponsored by BP, an EAD-led programme which encourages schools to become more environmentally friendly. It was launched in 2009 and has 153 participating schools in Abu Dhabi. The SSI topic has six learning paths which include: Eco-clubs, Green Audit, Outdoor Education, Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced.

For the second topic – Biodiversity – there are two paths: Geography of Abu Dhabi and Marine Vertebrates. It is supported by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). In total there are 53 available courses, with 42 focused on SSI. The SSI courses will help encourage schools to become members of the initiative as they will be well-trained. There are 11 courses covering the biodiversity path.

The courses were developed following best international practices for e-learning material development and optimised to guarantee the most efficient user experience. The courses are taught by experts from EAD, Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), Emirates Nature – WWF, AZRAQ, and other key opinion leaders.

Once a user completes a full learning path, they receive a certificate. The certificate is available in the profile section on the website and can be shared on social media, or printed out. e-Green will issue the certificate automatically only once all courses of a learning path are completed – for this purpose it was developed with a tailor-made video player that recognises whether a video has been fully watched. Furthermore, e-Green includes state-of-the-art ‘special needs’ features as well as features for colour-blind students.

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