DEVELOPMENT OF AN E-LEARNING GRADUATE PROGRAMME IN MANAGEMENT OF SUSTAINABLE AND ECOLOGICAL TOURISM IN THE FRAME OF THE ERASMUS MULTILATERAL PROJECTS
Europe is facing an accelerated climate change as a result of global warming, mainly for human activities, and because of population departure and consequent abandon of rural areas. In this line, tourism alternatives are exploring new horizons. Deforestation, climate change, sea pollution and other causes involve the need to conserve natural heritage.
In this frame the concept of ecotourism appears, trying to combine conservation of nature with socioeconomic development of many local communities, involving a direct participation of them, so as a feedback between local people, tourists and nature. There is a need to find ways to support management of such hazards by providing adequate training on Sustainable and Ecological Tourism. One academic proposal for understanding and training appropriate personnel to mitigate threats to the environment is higher education, so in this way, authors proposed an MSc Program related to Sustainable Tourism. Another strong point of this program is to prepare students for the regional and global postgraduate job market. This paper is intended to explain and analyze the stages of preparation of documentation and project management, whole preparation of a Master Erasmus Program, including teaching strategies, such as Virtual Learning Platform that contains learning materials in a digital format including text, audio-material, images and video-material, meetings as a tester workshops organized in participating countries, future interaction with the student etc. Finally, the document is intended as an aid to future teachers to detect a lack of training in an area that affects the environment in Europe so they can propose a training program, innovative and high acceptance towards the Graduates of Business and Planning faculties who intend to work in the infrastructure projects, graduates of environmental faculties who intend to specialise in Sustainable and Ecological Tourism management. This work has been funded by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), as an Erasmus Multilateral Project through project number 539517-LLP-1-2013-1-ES-ERASMUS-EKA.