Dear colleagues and friends,
As you know, Tourism is being dramatically affected by the Coronavirus crisis. According to UNWTO, “This pandemic affects every level of society and we stand by those affected in these times. The impact of the pandemic on already slowing economies has made tourism particularly vulnerable, becoming the hardest hit sector so far. With 80% of the sector made up of small and medium-sized enterprises, millions of livelihoods in the world are left vulnerable” (https://www.unwto.org/news/covid-19-statement-zurab-pololikashvili).
At the UNESCO Chair at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) we have a specific focus on the applications of eLearning to Tourism education, and we believe that eLearning might be very powerful now to support the resilience of Tourism.
As our small contribution, we have just launched an initiative in this field, re-opening three MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) we have produced in collaboration with others, and several other related free resources.
All relevant links can be found here: https://newsletter.usi.ch/published/UNESCO_USI_5.html
- eTourism: Communication Perspectives
- Tourism Management at UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Volume 1)
- Tourism Management at UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Volume 2)
- Updated list of eLearning programs about tourism destinations
- Educational game
- WHACY – World Heritage Awareness Campaign for Youth in Southern African Development Community (SADC)
- Several publications/research on eLearning in Tourism