SUSTAIN-T E-LEARNING PLATFORM has been 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 uses some gamification techniques, which makes the learning experience more engaging. Such techniques include:
The e-learning platform has 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 is an easy to complete with a click of a button. It automatically calculates the assessment score and provides score interpretation. It also provides a list of aspects, in which sustainability performance could be improved, and gives a reference to the units in the learning content containing corresponding best practices.
THE INTERACTIVE VERSION OF THE RESOURCE-MAPPING TOOL allows for selection of the available resources by clicking on suggested items under the categories described in O3. Having completed this selection, the MSE learner receives a map, reflecting all resource items of his/her choice. The tool provides 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 is 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 is a sound decision for collaborating MSEs to visualize the resources they have and can access. Collective analysis of the resources is the first step towards understanding what initiative an MSE alliance could undertake to improve their sustainability performance.
THE INTERACTIVE VERSION OF THE IDEATION TOOL supports collaborative idea development, refinement, evaluation and eventual implementation. It 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 provides 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.
These interactive tools allow the Sustain-T platform to 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.