Building climate smart communities - University of the Philippines

Engaging a young audience

The University of the Philippines has been working with coastal and upland communities to explore how best to promote harmony between biodiversity and human livelihoods.

As part of this initiative, the University has used Near-Life to create interactive learning materials to engage with young people around the project’s themes.

Case study: University of the Philippines

The project is called bSMART and is based around Satoyama-Satoumi Principles for Building ‘Climate Smart Communities’.

One component of the project is to develop multimedia materials and open online courses. As part of the course targeting the youth participants from these sites, the team integrated interactive video into the materials developed. The objective was to provide content that was more engaging for a young audience. 

With the focus on building climate-smart communities, the initial content focussed on improving understanding around disaster scenarios, including household disaster preparedness. 

One of the key interactive scenarios created was on the subject of  earthquakes. It was adapted from content already created by the University for high school students. Being situated in the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, the Philippines is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Understanding this – and being prepared – can help mitigate the potential impacts and support sustainable communities. 

The reaction to the materials has been extremely positive and has helped the University to respond to the community driven requests for immersive and interactive learning. 

We’ve found Near-Life’s technology to be simple and easy to use, allowing us to create more engaging content quickly and easily.
Noreen Dianne Alazada, Research Associate University of the Philippines

Noreen Dianne Alazada, who helped deliver the project for the University, stated that:

“As a University, we really believe in the power of immersive learning and the impact it can have in education. We’ve found Near-Life’s technology to be simple and easy to use, allowing us to create more engaging content quickly and easily. We’re delighted with the response we’ve had to this initiative which is part of the University’s wider focus on embracing the use of immersive learning.”

Near-Life CEO, Mike Todd, added:

“It’s fantastic for us to be able to support this pioneering work from the University of the Philippines. We’ve had an ongoing relationship with them for a number of years and to see the creative and original ways they are using our technology is very inspiring to see.” 

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