Learning experientially for corporate contribution to global sustainable development: international applications of the WikiRate project

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Abstract

This chapter outlines how a group of teachers in business disciplines from around the world have embedded an innovative pedagogical platform called WikiRate in to their curricula to enhance teaching and learning for sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). The WikiRate platform allows students to explore organisational practices and reporting of sustainability and in doing so, learn about the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WikiRate is a crowd-sourced online public platform and research tool developed in partnership with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) network. Use of the WikiRate platform enables students to learn about the SDGs and how companies respond to challenges of sustainable development by providing a hands on learning experience using technology and real-life data.

This chapter provides an overview of WikiRate, different ways it has been used in business schools around the world, and reports on the experiences of teachers who have introduced the WikiRate project in to their classrooms. WikiRate can be used with both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and designed for use in different discipline areas. In this chapter, we report on the use of WikiRate on courses with between fourteen and seven hundred students on first to final year undergraduates programs, as well with postgraduates, covering general business, accounting, management, and CSR focused offerings.

The aim of this chapter is to present the benefits and challenges of the WikiRate project for students and teachers, practical uses and recommendations for future use in higher education curricula. This chapter will be of interest for academics and program developers who want to explore opportunities for embedding experiential learning in their classrooms and provide students with a unique and hands on experience for learning about sustainability, CSR and the SDGs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Learning and Teaching International Business and Management
EditorsMaria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Karen Lynden, Vasyl Taras
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9783030204150
ISBN (Print)9783030204143
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Experiential learning
  • sustainable development
  • WikiRate

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