About Blended Learning

Window 2 of the Nexus Observatory will host the Blended Learning Platform. The Blended Learning Platform will focus on consolidating knowledge that emerges from teaching and learning activities that relate to: (a) classroom or face-to-face teaching, (b) thematic online courses and (c) tailor made training programmes that respond to demands of decision-makers, practitioners and students with an interest in the planning and management of environmental resources. The classroom teaching component could be defined by mandatory courses offered as part of the UNU-FLORES & Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) joint doctoral programme on integrated management of environmental resources or specially designed workshops (country specific or regional) as part of a tailor made training programme. Discussions on ECTS credit transfer can be undertaken as part of this framework. Integrating blended learning into the Nexus Observatory permits the formation of synergies between its four Windows. In this way the Blended Learning Platform advances the nexus approach through transdisciplinary approaches that promote robust interfaces between education, research and policy dialogue.


Student Information System

  • Student and tutor profiles
  • Registration and payment
  • Contact details


Lecture Portal

  • Lectures, videos and other course materials


Blended Learning Archive

  • Projects and proposals classified by UN theme, region and country
  • Classification of research methods and data collection protocols considering scale, boundary conditions and feedback loops




The following Online Courses Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste are going to be offered by UNU-FLORES in 2016:


1. Green Economy and the Life-Cycle Cost Approach

The aim of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of why the life-cycle cost approach (LCCA) is essential to achieving the goals of sustainable development, in particular, in the management of environmental resources. The course will explore how LCCA can be mainstreamed into governance processes at all institutional levels from local to national, in order to increase the ability and willingness of decision makers to make informed and relevant choices between different types and levels of services. During the course, participants will be exposed to key theoretical concepts that are then applied to case studies in the later part of the course.

"It was a great introduction to the life-cycle cost approach that resulted in a
better understanding of this new concept to our developing culture

                                                                                                                                                      (2015 course participant) 


2. Rethinking Infrastructure Design for Multi-Use Water Services  

The aim of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the goals and elements of urban water infrastructure systems, technical options for wastewater treatment and stormwater management. The course will draw on international case studies that emphasise the importance of adopting multiple-use perspectives in planning and implementing water and wastewater projects. The role of pricing and costing of infrastructure projects will be discussed to highlight NEXUS approaches to management of water, soil and waste resources.

"The course was very useful and beyond my expectations.
The lectures were very useful and provided new viewpoints on water supply problems

(2015 course participant)


3. Financing Public Services and Environmental Sustainability

The aim of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the role played by intergovernmental fiscal arrangements in shaping public service outcomes in countries around the world, especially developing countries and emerging economies. Issues of accountability and autonomy will be examined to highlight important trade-offs and synergies that are at the centre of the NEXUS approach to the management of water, soil and waste. Specific topics include: trends in political decentralisation and the role of public budgets and local governments in supporting the delivery of public services.

"I am glad to take the course: useful book, possibility to provide any ideas and proposals
and to communicate with the tutor and participants.

(2015 course participant)


For more information, please follow this link: https://flores.unu.edu/general-information/ or contact onlinecourse_flores@unu.edu

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