Teaching sustainable development: from a disciplinary to a learning outcome approach
Engineers are expected to better integrate sustainable development practices and issues in the way they design, build, operate, maintain and unbuilt products and services. Though sustainable development was defined almost 40 years ago and had a renewed impetus in 2015 with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the way it trickles down to education, and especially higher education, is not yet addressed in a systematic way.
An impediment to a wider introduction of sustainable development into curriculum as more than an introductory course is that it requires more than a disciplinary approach. Learning outcome approaches allow on the contrary to identify specific entry points within curricula to understand what already exists and what the gaps are in terms of skills and competences for future leaders. It hence helps design renewed curriculum leaning on existing disciplinary practices.
Diverse skill and learning outcome frameworks for sustainable development education have recently emerged at different scales. A few examples are the ones developed by Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, by the INSA’s engineering school in France, the UNESCO learning objectives (used by WP3) or the recent European sustainability competence framework. Such a diversity poses a challenge for implementation to the actors of the higher education system.
This workshop is organized around two objectives:
(i) Foster a common understanding, among EELISA members, of the skills needs among engineers for supporting sustainable development, as traduced in existing competence frameworks;
(ii) Share and disseminate successful experiences which can be replicated among EELISA network members.
This activity is part of the EELISA Disciplinary Broadening Workshops, a series of workshops which aim to engage players from research, education, industry & society as a means of pursuing a disciplinary broadening while accomplishing the overall EELISA vision.
28th of June 2022 @ 09:00 am (CEST)
For those who cannot attend, the event will be streamed online.
The link to follow the event remotely will be sent to registered participants.
26th of June 2022
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