Teaching the SDGs: Content-Based Research and Virtual International Exchange via Multimedia


Virtually everyone currently living in the modern world with access to the global media is familiar with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (a.k.a. the SDGs). The ubiquity of the symbol, the logo, and the colorful icon is such that these commitments made in 2015 are recognizable around the globe. This is particularly true in Kyoto, Japan, where one can see daily signage on buses or billboards, regular posts in the media, and support expressed on the local as well as national levels of government. Institutions are also on board, as these ideals are both simple to understand and, importantly, easy for students to agree with on principle. The SDGs have been called “the world’s largest lesson”, and as such, they constitute a tremendous educational opportunity. Throughout the unprecedented academic years of 2020 and 2021, a project was initiated, extended, and continued between cohorts of students at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The ongoing aim of these collaborations has been to connect larger issues to local communities. Due to the ubiquity and global reach of the Google Suite for Education - now Google Workspace for Education - groups can work together and interact in a way never before possible. Our research highlights the methodology, best practices, challenges, and advantages of structuring collaborative international projects in a virtual space with hyperlinks, sheets, multimedia, and shared documents embedded within a master sheet shared between up to a hundred participants.

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Michael David Barr, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan

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Conference: ECADE2022
Stream: Art and Design Education for Sustainable Development

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Barr M. (2022) Teaching the SDGs: Content-Based Research and Virtual International Exchange via Multimedia ISSN: 2758-0989 – The European Conference on Arts, Design & Education 2022 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0989.2022.13
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0989.2022.13

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