What is QESSTion?

QESSTion is an Interactive Online Network designed to facilitate cross-disciplinary and cross-campus interactions among QESST scholars and students via digital collaboration tools. Like popular social media platforms, this network will become increasingly valuable as more and more users participate. There are three phases to the development of QESSTion described and illustrated below:

Phase I:  The first goal of QESSTion is to increase the influence of  Sustainability research throughout the QESST center. Therefore, Sustainability graduate students within QESST are collaborating and contributing content to share online. Check out the videos they have made by clicking on the ‘Watch’ tab.

QESSTion network and phases figure 1

Phase II: In Fall 2013, QESSTion will be available to all QESST scholars and students. Sharable content will include sustainability related resources, but will be extended to also incorporate information related to QESST  engineering research  and PV education happening at ASU. Also, a blended (online and in person)  Sustainability Reading Course will be offered to QESST students at ASU, with course materials supplied via QESSTion. The course will help to engage students in QESSTion initially and provide lasting educational resources for all users.

QESSTion network and phases figure 2

Phase III: In Spring 2014, efforts will be focused on engaging QESST scholars and students across the globe in QESSTion. Sharable content will expand to include resources contributed by QESST partner Universities (denoted in the figure below) and open up avenues for cross-campus interactions and collaborations. The online Sustainability Reading course will also be offered to students attending some of these partner institutions.

QESSTion network and phases figure 3

This material is based in part upon work supported by the
National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers 1041895
and 1140190. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations
expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily
reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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