Sustainable Teaching & Learning on Higher Education: Principles & Practices
Sustainability in Curriculum is the first out of four topics in a new seminar series arranged by AHU this autumn. Education is one of the ’paths’ in Agenda 21 towards a sustainable society. Education alone cannot achieve a more sustainable future; however, without education and learning for sustainable development, we will not be able to reach the sustainability goals. The seminar series at AHU broadly deals with principles and practices of sustainable education.
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Sustainability in teaching and learning is both about how to learn and what to learn. This seminar focuses the ‘what’. What content do all student need to learn about sustainability? Is there specific ‘key competencies’ and facts all students should learn? What should these key competencies be? Or are the sustainability competencies subject specific? UHÄ has decided that all students should learn about sustainability sometime during their time at university.
On the other hand, is the talk about key competencies making learning instrumental? Should we instead promote bildung and generic skills and approaches or holistic perspectives?
UN’s Education for sustainable development argues we need to reorient education globally towards a central goal: to learn to live and work sustainably. For example, they argue there are special benefits of interdisciplinarity education.
What is the format of the seminars?
A three-hour seminar: Two or three invited speakers introduce the topic for 30 minutes, followed by 5 minutes questions (2 x 45 minutes). After a 15-minute break follows 45 minutes a workshop or discussions, practicing the pedagogy of the theme, when possible. On campus meetings with elements of active participation. Learning by doing – the seminars should preferably practice the format or pedagogy which the theme appraoches.
Who can attend the seminar?
The target groups for the seminars are: teachers, researchers, and staff responsible for education at Lund University and beyond.
Course with Credits for papers
There is an opportunity for participants to write a paper afterwards and receive credits. Participation in three out of four seminars are needed.
Documentation & Resource
Recordings of the presentations are uploaded on AHU’s homepage and can afterwards be used as a pedagogical resource.