Online course of HAW Hamburg starts with more than 730 participants from all over the world

Sustainable Energy for Small Island Developing States SIDSIn the framework of the EU project L3EAP (, the Research and Transfer Centre FTZ-ALS of the University of Applied Sciences has started an online course for the second time. More than 730 participants from 118 countries have enrolled to find out more about sustainable energy production for small island developing states and to exchange information in a unique global learning community, hereof about a third from SIDS and two thirds from the rest of the world (

A number of international lecturers are involved in this innovative self-study course, e.g. Dr Dinesh Surroop, University of Mauritius, Dr Anirudh Singh, University of the South Pacific, Fiji, Dr Kalim Shah, Indiana University, USA, and Prof Bernd Delakowitz, University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz. Produced in the framework of the EU project with support of the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU) it is facilitated by Franziska Wolf, University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, and Franziska Curran, University of Queensland, Australia.

statistic 2017Based on so-called “mentored MOOCs”, the interactive online course supports the heterogeneous international target groups in the pursuit of self-guided lifelong learning, with its high scalability and a wide variety of possible learning paths. This learning arrangement comprises six thematic modules with video/audio clips, training booklets, case studies, scientific literature sources and quiz tasks. By using different media types, the learners are motivated to get to grips with the learning content independently. The learning content is provided in the form of Open Educational Resources (OER), which allow reuse, further distribution, change and one’s own contribution. An  Education Researcher  from the Pacific Region Centre for Renewable Energy, Tonga, remarked that his were an exciting course developed by the Leap project that sets a benchmark.

Franziska Wolf, HAW Hamburg, stated that the megatrend of digitalisation is changing learning and leading to the development of entirely new interactive learning programmes. Today there is a need for interactive and collaborative, problem-based learning, and many connections can only be comprehensively explained with an interdisciplinary approach. Sustainable energy production on small islands is a subject that concerns all three dimensions of sustainability – how do we develop solutions for it that are economically, environmentally and at the same time socially acceptable?

Contact  and further information:
Franziska Wolf, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Research and Transfer Centre FTZ-ALS