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History-enhanced ICT For Sustainability education: Learning together with Business Computing students

Brooks, Ian; Harrison, Laura; Reeves, Mark; Simpson, Martin; Wallis, Rose


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Ian Brooks
Senior Lecturer in Sustainable IT

Laura Harrison
Associate Professor of Modern History

Mark Reeves

Martin Simpson
Senior Lecturer in History and Heritage

Rose Wallis
Associate Professor of British Social History


his research explores the use of History to enhance education in the field of ICT For Sustainability (ICT4S) in response to a challenge from the ICT4S 2023 conference. No previous studies were found in ICT4S but the literature on History and Education for Sustainable Development is reviewed.
An ICT4S lecturer collaborated with History lecturers to add an historic parallel to each week’s teaching on a Sustainable Business and Computing unit for final year undergraduate BSc Business Computing students. A list of the topics and rationale is provided. Student perceptions were surveyed before and after the teaching and semi-structured interviews carried out. A majority of students saw relevance to their degree and career. There was an increase in the proportion of students with interest in History.
The paper explores the lessons learned from the interdisciplinary collaboration, including topic choice, format and perceived value. The project has enhanced the way we approach our subjects as computing and history educators. We believe this is the first empirical, survey-based study of the use of history to enhance ICT4S education. The team will extend the research to a larger unit covering a wider range of computing degrees.


Brooks, I., Harrison, L., Reeves, M., Simpson, M., & Wallis, R. (in press). History-enhanced ICT For Sustainability education: Learning together with Business Computing students.

Conference Name ICT For Sustainability 2024
Conference Location Stockholm
Start Date Jun 24, 2024
End Date Jun 28, 2024
Acceptance Date May 7, 2024
Deposit Date Jun 16, 2024
Keywords Sustainable Development, Social Implications of Technology, Humanities – History, Education, Curriculum Development, ICT For Sustainability, ICT4S, Education for Sustainable Development
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