ESD Toolkit for Faculty

Project A2-2

The overall aim of the project is the development of key SD competences in Higher Education at the University of St.Gallen. The project also aims to develop a unique opportunity to exchange good practice and ESD innovations with other didactic centres, faculty and ESD experts.

To achieve this goal we developed an internet-based platform for lectures in “economics and law” with the following structure (click figure to enlarge):
SD-Toolkit Research Questions and Toolkit-Structure

1. What is sustainability?
As an introduction into the Sustainability -Approach we choose the triple bottom-line Model (by John Elkington, 1994). Even if this model don’t show all of the important aspects of sustainability, it focused the following questions for responsible leadership:
  1. What kind of world do we want to live in?
  2. How can we create this world with the capabilities and resources available to us?
Education is essential for addressing these challenges and for achieving sustainable development and this, for all levels of education, even consumer education.

2. What are relevant competencies?
The next step, bevor we developed the toolkit, we create a competence matrix of SD structured on the basis of the competency framework provided Euler / Hahn (2007). The matrix provides an overview on competencies related to sustainability and responsibility. Furthermore it classify the competencies in “professionals’ competencies” and “interdisciplinary competencies”. Lectures can use this matrix for inspiration and to define learning outcomes.

3. How do to develop learning environments to foster SD?
To answer this question we choose didactic Patterns as an option for lectures to document their experiences and solutions of recurring problems. Didactic patterns are using a recurring and given structure. So every pattern has the same structure. This increased the transparency for each documentation and helps to reduce the complexity. For the toolkits’ success it needs an active involvement of lectures and the willingness to share their materials, information and experience.

4. Which resources can I draw on?
The SUC-Toolkit provides staff with professional learning and curriculum development in ESD, through guidelines, good practice collections and access to content material. The toolkit would like to foster the exchange of resources ideas and material form teachers which already have experiences with the field of sustainability in the context of their specific domain. To search for some interesting topics, materials and best practice examples the search function, categories and tags could be use.

Project leader
Prof. Dr. Sabine Seufert
University of St. Gallen
Institute for Business Education and Educational Management

Involved universities
University of St. Gallen

Project duration
01.10.2013 - 30.09.2016


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