This Intellectual Output suggests the development of the Sustain-T e-learning platform and the interactive tools (Self-audit tool, Resource-mapping tool and Ideation tool, partially described in Output 3).
SUSTAIN-T E-LEARNING PLATFORM will be created, using the open-source platform Moodle, which allows for construction of personalised learning environments. It will be user-centred, suggesting creation of personal profiles through an easy sign-up process and allowing for tracking the learning progress and achievements.
The platform will use some gamification techniques, which will make the learning experience more engaging. Such techniques include:
At the application stage the partners plan that the e-learning platform will have three sections:
Output 4 implies the creation of the interactive tools, based on the descriptions developed within the third Output.
THE INTERACTIVE VERSION OF THE SELF-AUDIT TOOL will be easy to complete with a click of a button. It will automatically calculate the assessment score and provide score interpretation. It will also provide a list of aspects, in which sustainability performance could be improved, and will give a reference to the units in the learning content containing corresponding best practices.
THE INTERACTIVE VERSION OF THE RESOURCE-MAPPING TOOL will allow for selection of the available resources by clicking on suggested items under the categories described in O3. Having completed this selection, the MSE learner will receive a map, reflecting all resource items of his/her choice. The tool will provide a possibility to join individual MSE resource maps into a collective map, thus giving insight into the availability of resources owned by a collaborating MSE group.
Interactive resource mapping tool will be a valuable instrument both in the context of the Sustain-T training (as an activity facilitating the attainment of the learning outcomes), and in the context of real-life operations of micro and small enterprises. It will be a sound decision for collaborating MSEs to visualize the resources they have and can access. Collective analysis of the resources will be the first step towards understanding what initiative an MSE alliance could undertake to improve their sustainability performance.
THE INTERACTIVE VERSION OF THE IDEATION TOOL will support collaborative idea development, refinement, evaluation and eventual implementation. It will help MSEs match the self-audit results with the produced resource map – to formulate a sustainable tourism challenge they could solve using the resources they have. The interactive tool will provide the following functions: 1) posting a challenge; 2) collecting solution ideas; 3) commenting on and voting for ideas; 4) peer review and feedback for selected ideas; 5) a checklist for successful idea implementation.
With these interactive tools the Sustain-T platform will become a space enhancing learning experience of tourism micro and small enterprises and facilitating their networking and collaboration for developing and undertaking joint sustainable tourism initiatives.