ESD in Curriculum

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ESD in Curriculum
Timescale 1 year
Applicable to School Student, University Student
Impact Regional
Price free

Overview

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) means integrating all 17 of the UN sustainable goals. This page covers getting ESD into university teaching curriculum content. For establishing ESD into department practice (Hiring practices, teaching methods, etc) see the page on ESD in Department Practices.


Goals

To imbed ESD into a University departments curriculum content.

Timeline

Week 1) Write message/presentation to inform others of your goal

Gather a group of peers to form an ESD working group- reach out in student group chats, pages and meetings.

Week 2) Plan and complete your first meeting to outline the goals and timeline of this campaign.

Week 3) Reach out to staff to find a staff sustainability representatives.

Ask them to attend monthly student+ staff meetings to brainstorm examples of ESD

Week 4) Introductions of students and staff

Week 5-10) Brainstorming ways the curriculum could be more sustainable

Week 10-13) Write up ideas so student-staff ESD committee can present these ideas to the whole staff group.

Week 14) Listen to staff feedback.

Week 15- 18) Amend plans based off staff feedback

Continue to note down new ideas too

Week 19) Re-present the ideas that have been amended after the staff feedback

Week 20-24) Support staff in applying the suggestions. Check in on the staff, and offer advice and motivation.

Can optionally conclude with award to most improved curriculum contents.

Full description:

Week 1) Write message/presentation to inform others of your goal

A draft message can be found below.

Gather a group of peers to form an ESD working group- reach out in student group chats, pages and meetings.

Send the message to as many people as possible. Try do a presentation at the end of a lecture, a message on a group chat or a shout out in a meeting.

Make it easy for people to get involved, and so they wont forget about it. You can do this by asking people to react to the message, and then sending them messages indervidually, inviting them to a group chat.

Week 2) Plan and complete your first meeting to outline the goals and timeline of this campaign.

A draft agenda can be found below. Arrange a time for the next meeting. Conclude with a review of your goals for the next meeting, and who is going to do them.

Week 3) Reach out to staff to find a staff sustainability representatives.

Ask them to attend regular student & staff meetings to brainstorm examples of ESD

Try contacting your head of department or office to see if your department has an assigned staff member for sustainability. A draft email can be found below. If no dedicated staff exists, see if any staff members would be interested in joining instead. The more staff the better really, to get a range of staff perspectives.

Arrange a first meeting of student and staff. Indicate it will be for regulars meetings.

Week 4) Introductions of students and staff

Focus on introductions, finding out peoples interest, passions and concerns. Especially focus on understanding staff concerns. Explain the goals of the campaign, and the timeline.

A draft agenda can be found below.

Decide how often you want to meet. We recommended weekly meetings for a years campaign, but you could do bi-weekly or even monthly. Set a regulars day & time for the meetings.

Week 5-10) Brainstorming ways the curriculum could be more sustainable

Try to get as specific as possible, picking examples from individual lectures. To ensure lecturers don't feel targeted and so become defensive, let lectures know what is happening (maybe by approaching them at th end of a lecture), and say that you are going to note some suggestions with their permission.

One way of coming up with suggestions is to note down any thoughts you might have about the sustainability of any lectures you attend. This works best if done by a paid intern (See tips and comments) but also works well if done by the students in your student group. You could jot down these notes and ideas in a shared google doc. Or you might just want to brainstorm in the student-staff meetings. Additionally, you could arrange to have a student questionnaire sent out. Continue to brainstorm and/or note down ideas in classes for the rest of the year. A little each lecture is much easier then trying to remember back at the end of the term.

Remember that sustainability covers all 17 of the UN sustainable goals.

Present the ideas in meetings and listen to teachers concerns. Encourage the lecturers to come up with ideas of their own.

Week 10-13) Write up ideas so student-staff ESD committee can present these ideas to the whole staff group.

Gather the ideas into a presentable format. When preparing for the meeting with staff, make sure you can present the ideas in as specific manor as possible (give specific examples for specific lectures) but try not to make it feel like targeting a lecturer. Staff will often want to get on board, but done know how. you are there to help them, not attack them!

Contact the head of department to ask to attend the next big staff meeting.

Another additional idea is to send out a student survey to find out how much students want ESD in their department.

Week 14) Listen to staff feedback.

Present your campaign, why it is important, the timeline, and the ideas to staff on a staff committee (hopefully the turnout will be as big as possible).

Ask which ideas they will implement, and which they will not. Try to find out which ideas they like, but will not implement, and try to find out why they wont. tell them you are going to go back to the drawing board with some of these ideas, so you would like as much feedback as possible. Lecturers will be more receptive to suggestions id they feel they have been involved with the idea generation process, and have had their concenrns addressed.

Make sure someone on your team notes their comments down.

Week 15- 18) Amend plans based off staff feedback

Continue to note down new ideas too.

Continue with your weekly meetings. try to improve your suggestions based off staff feedback. Continue to brainstorm new ideas in lectures too.

Week 19) Re-present the ideas that have been amended after the staff feedback

Present your amended ideas in the next staff meeting. hopefully they should now be more receptive. See if you can get a list of lecturers who would be interested in being helped in implementing the ideas you have suggested.

Week 20-24) Support staff in applying the suggestions. Check in on the staff, and offer advice and motivation.

Contact staff to check up on them, offer support and personalized advice. This will also mean they are more likely to do it, if they know someone is checking (in a friendly way).

Can optionally conclude with award to most improved curriculum contents.

This may motivate staff, if you make it a competition. if interested, suggest this idea in the first staff meeting. Can you get a funny looking trophy to present the winner?

Tips/Comments

Providing lecturers with a cases study to mimic or very specific examples works best. If examples aren't given, lecturers can be unsure of the changes to make, and consequently not commit to updating their slides.

This campaign works best if you can arrange interns to do 4-5 hours paid work a week to research specific examples alongside their studies. If this is not possible during the year of your campaign, do as best you can voluntarily, and then dedicate a week to writing an application for a paid internship for next year. Ask your facility for more information on doing this.

Links

ESD Staff Committee Contact Email Draft