Supporting Sustainability in a Distance Learning Curriculum

Astles, Paul; Openshaw, James; Calder, Kathleen and Johns, Hayley (2023). Supporting Sustainability in a Distance Learning Curriculum. In: EDEN conference 2023, 18.06.2023 to 20.06.2023, Dublin.



We have developed a suite of resources that help the audience focus on ways to connect to the sustainable development goals (United Nations, 2015). Key to our work is the idea that any actions should not be tokenistic but meaningful for colleagues and students who are engaging with our resources. We developed these resources into three stages of detail to bring the audience on a journey towards taking informed action. Stage 1 provides an opportunity to reflect on whether sustainability has been considered. Stage 2 outlines a range of resources grouped by theme alongside some suggested areas on where to begin to focus. Stage 3 infographics lead on from stage 2 and delve deeper into 4 areas of focus (1. Promoting competencies for sustainable development, 2. Engaging with existing resources, 3. Becoming more aware of what is happening within higher education, 4. Exploring opportunities to engage students in designing within the context of sustainable development)

Supporting sustainability in a distance learning curriculum is not something that can be achieved without careful thought and consideration. It is important to acknowledge that we need to support our colleagues and stakeholders to engage in meaningful discussion and reflection. It is this that has brought us to where we are with the resources that we have created within this poster submission. Further scholarship will focus on reflecting on our next steps with regards to supporting colleagues and stakeholders to take non-tokenistic actions relating to sustainability in the curriculum.

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