Travellers' Trails: An exciting journey in sustainability for secondary students (2013-2014)
A project developed by the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI) visualising staff commuter patterns was adapted and trialled as a classroom exercise for collecting sustainability data by local secondary school students.
The concept of 'Travellers’ Trails' expanded upon the technical development underlying the original FedUni Commute project to form a foundation for a learning exercise for Year 9 – 11 students. One of the aims of the Travellers’ Trails was to extend students' understanding of the impact of different modes of travel on carbon emissions, relevant to their school community. The project concept and pilot involved collaboration between CeRDI, the Faculty of Science and Technology at FedUni, and IBM.
Feedback from students and teachers participating in the pilot was extremely positive. Students reported that the Travellers’ Trails had enhanced their understanding of the impacts of their travel on the environment. As well, the Travellers’ Trails provided an opportunity to increase students’ exposure to ICT systems - and to provide them with a deeper understanding of how social media, technology and data analysis can be used for positive gain, across the community.
After the success of the secondary student pilot, the project went on to target individuals at the University. The participants were able to use the online tool to determine if changes were made to transport options, what difference it would make to CO2 production.