Managing for climate change online

La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga campus has introduced a new approach to learning with the Regional School of Business offering its popular Managing for Climate Change subject in an online mode this semester— a first for the University.

Dr Jayanath AnandaWith 90 per cent of the subject offered online, students are only required to be present for one face-to-face workshop towards the end of semester. The subject is delivered using an innovative e-learning approach making use of teaching and learning tools such as online tutorials, videos, study materials and discussion forums.

As part of their assessment, students also create their own WiKi projects evaluating the physical and policy impacts of climate change on a chosen business case or sector.

Senior Lecturer Dr Jayanath Ananda— who runs the course— says that running a subject online has a number of advantages for students.

‘Flexibility is a major plus point as currently over thirty students from all four La Trobe regional campuses - Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton, Mildura and Bendigo are enrolled in this subject.

The course is also well-structured with clear learning outcomes and activities to match those outcomes.’ Dr Ananda says.

Third year and Graduate Diploma students are able to choose the subject as an elective and it is also part of ‘Sustainable Resource Management’, a major stream of the Bachelor of Business program.

Examining the strategic issues in managing climate change impacts, the subject introduces a wide range of decision making frameworks to evaluate various climate change adaptation and mitigation policies related to agriculture, biodiversity and built environment.

More about Dr Jayanath Ananda

Dr Jayanath Ananda has a PhD in economics and is a lecturer at the Regional School of Business, Albury-Wodonga Campus. His research interests focus on water policy and decision making, efficiency and productivity analysis and sustainability. He has published many articles in internationally reputed journals and several book chapters in authoritative volumes. Currently, he is involved in several projects relating to enhancing the performance of water institutions and climate change adaptation.


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