The LEARNING FOR EARTH AKO FUTURES (Leaf) represents a group of transdisciplinary researchers at the University of Canterbury and beyond, interested in creating opportunities for accessible, flexible, and future-focused education. Our collaborative research initiative boasts of active participants across the Colleges of Arts, Education, Science, and Engineering, and inclusive team of academic units- such as the UC Māori, academic development, and flexible learning teams.
The future of education on planet Earth is changing and eventually will become increasingly dependent on research-driven innovation that prioritizes sustainable futures for our planet and engages with the inevitable convenience and broader impacts of digital and online learning. Keeping in mind, the changing need of education, The Leaf cluster emphasizes the evidence-based need for personally, culturally, and environmentally situated learning experiences. Using research and our community to solve this challenge has important academic, outreach, and societal benefits.