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ESD Toolkit for Faculty

Organisations: University of St.Gallen, Institute of Business Education and Educational Management

Authors: Prof. Dr. Sabine Seufert, University of St Gallen, Switzerland Dr. Christoph Meier, University of St Gallen, Switzerland


The overall aim of the project is the development of key SD competences in Higher Education at the University of St.Gallen. The project takes on an interdisciplinary approach and provides for internal collaboration between HDZ, faculty, program managers, and the quality development team. It starts with the development of a competence matrix for key SD competences and develops course and learning outcomes, taking into consideration interdisciplinary aspects of ESD, but also addresses individual disciplinary needs. The project also aims to develop innovative teaching and learning models and addresses the adoption of innovation barriers in SD by focusing on faculty SD competence development, faculty learning and support. On the final note, it aims to develop a unique opportunity to exchange good practice and ESD innovations with other didactic centers, faculty and ESD experts.

ESD Focus

The Toolkit tries to base itself on the framework for structuring the complexity of SD issues. It supports reflecting on the fundamental complexity issues: 1) notions of SD, problem of unclear of ambiguous interpretations of SD, 2) broad conception of the policy process, 3) different forms of knowledge that are needed to tackle sustainability problems

Professional Development Approach

SUK Toolkit provides staff with professional learning and curriculum development in ESD, through guidelines, design patterns, good practice collections and access to content material.
Why is it a contribution for faculty development?
The toolkit could be used as a “standalone” version (a learning portal) to support informal learning of faculty (patterns & portal to motivate lecturers to try out little steps). Furthermore, the toolkit could be used as an innovation tool in training and/or coaching, consulting services.

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