Meeting @ Rome

The Rome meeting of the SUSTAIN Erasmus+ project took place in Rome, Italy on the 4th to 6th July, 2019. The meeting was hosted by the project partner “System Dynamics Italian Chapter” (SYDIC) at the LINK Campus University premises and the main objectives of the meeting were to:

  • Discuss and coordinate the project development so far.
  • Discuss the Outputs 4, 5 and 6.
  • Play the game prototype.
  • Discuss the dissemination plan.
  • Agree on the next steps and milestones of the project.

The partners met at LINK Campus University, Romagnoli Building, in Rome, Italy. Jason Papathanasiou (UoM) started the meeting informing the partners that outputs O1, O2 and O3 have formally been accepted by IKY. The respective partners were asked to contribute to the teaching of the outputs by helping creating the PowerPoint presentations for teaching purposes when asked by UoM. There was also discussion about the idea to produce an edited book based on the outputs of the project.

The structure of the course that was agreed is as in the following table.

Week 1 Game phase 1
Week 2 O1 (Societal Metabolism)
Week 3 Online game experience
Week 4 O2 (Transportation Sustainability)
Week 5 O3 (Decision Making in the Context of sustainability) part 1
Week 6 O3 (Decision Making in the Context of sustainability) part 2
Week 7 O4 (Simulation models)
Week 8 O4 (Simulation models)
Week 9 O5 Game based learning (instructions, test run, etc)
Week 10 Game phase 1
Week 11 Game phase 2
Week 12 Game phase 3
Week 13 Exams

All partners engaged in the following discussion over the evaluation of the course and the game. There were questions raised like:

  • what do the partners want to evaluate with the surveys?
  • what’s the impact of the course on the users?
  • are the pre and post-surveys possible?
  • should the user experience survey at the end of the course be voluntary?
  • should we prepare the additional survey for the gaming session?