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Una.Lecture | 'The most fun programme there is' - An immersive learning approach to sustainable education

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Date & location

From 1:15pm to 2:15pm CET

Academy Building, Universiteit Leiden and online

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Are you curious about interactive and impactful environmental education? If so, please join our Una.Lecture organised by Universiteit Leiden with Dario Fazzi - Professor of Transatlantic Environmental History.

In his talk, Fazzi will explain how he uses techniques such as role playing and Virtual Reality (VR) technology to teach ecological awareness to a global group of students. Following the lecture, attendees joining us live in Leiden will be invited to put on VR headsets and experience some of the content created by the students.

About the Lecture

Fazzi’s talk is based on his experience creating virtual exchange programmes focused on ecological threats in delta regions worldwide.

The exchanges connect students from the Netherlands with students in countries such as the United States, France, Morocco, and Brazil. Together, the students complete assignments such as environmental role playing, co-operative online map-making, and the exploration of delta environments through VR.

During his talk, Fazzi will share more about the content of the course, how this fits the goals of environmental education, and how he integrates VR technology in his teaching.

" We wanted our students to challenge their own ideas and preconceptions, and this proved to be a great tool for that. If you also teach topics that require your students to put themselves in someone else's shoes to better understand their position in the world, then this is by far one of the most fun and effective programmes out there. "

Dario Fazzi, Professor of Transatlantic Environmental History at Universiteit Leiden

About the Una.Lecture series

Designed to foster dialogues between academia and the public, the Una.Lecture series gives you a glimpse into the incredible breadth and depth of expertise, insights and perspectives found across Una Europa's partner universities. This Una.Lecture is delivered as part of a broader sustainability symposium, organised by Universiteit Leiden’s Green Office (LUGO).

This lecture is delivered as part of our outreach activities initiated under the Una.Futura project.