The online consultation of Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) on the new draft guidance on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for UK higher education providers will come to a close on 3 January 2014. The guidance will then be published in early 2014.
Before launching this online consultation on 11 November, QAA and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which collaborated in producing the draft, held a one-day consultation workshop in Birmingham on 5 November 2013 (see link below).
Why an ESD guidance?
This new ESD guidance aims to offer practical help to UK higher education providers who to embrace ESD as part of the student academic experience. Chapter B3: Learning and teaching of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Quality Code), published in September 2012, identifies education for sustainability* (or ESD) as an educational theme that cuts across academic disciplines. The new guidance, offering a point of reference to educators, intends to complement the Quality Code, sitting alongside it.
Why a consultation on this draft?
The ongoing online consultation aims to gather wider views of the higher education sector and its stakeholders on this draft guidance, which has been developed by an expert group drawn from and acting on behalf of UK higher education community. Falling in line with its consultative and transparent process through which it operates, QAA intends to ensure that the final product is as representative as practically possible.
What does the draft cover?
The draft guidance:
- Introduces the concept of ESD
- Identifies a set of graduate outcomes (knowledge and understanding, skills, and attributes) appropriate for use as a framework in programme design and delivery
- Offers guidance on approaches to teaching, learning and assessment
- Provides a list of web-based resources
The guidance is not prescriptive and recognises that the way ESD is delivered would depend on institutional and disciplinary context.
Who should respond to the consultation?
Contributions are welcome from anyone with an interest in students’ academic experiences in ESD.
This may include staff within higher education (e.g. related to programme design and delivery, academic quality and the student experience), students and student representatives, academic support organisations, and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies. The consultation survey (on Survey Monkey) can be accessed from http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ESD_Consultation
For further information, please contact Dr Laura Bellingham at L.Bellingham@qaa.ac.uk
Image adapted from the cover of the draft guidance
Consultation on draft guidance for UK higher education providers on ESD (QAA news release)
Please note that this page allows you to view/download the survey questions beforehand
ESD draft guidance for UK higher education providers:
- Circular letter: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/CircularLetters/Pages/CL-20-13.aspx
- Overview of consultation: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Pages/ESD-guidance-consultation.aspx
- Consultation draft: Draft guidance for UK higher education providers (Download as PDF): http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Documents/ESD-guidance-consultation.pdf
- Consultation survey (On Survey Monkey): http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ESD_Consultation
QAA policy on consultations http://www.qaa.ac.uk/AboutUs/corporate/Policies/Pages/QAA-policy-on-consultations.aspx
ESD page on the Higher Education Academy (HEA) website http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/education-for-sustainable-development
ESD-related posts on the satellite websites of the Sustainable University One-stop Shop
Blog/ reflective diary
EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University (Part 1): curriculum content and delivery http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/education-pathway-to-sustainable.html
Opportunities for integrating sustainability across curricula (Part 2 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/opportunities-for-integrating.html
University of Planetshire approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 3 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/university-of-planetshire-approach-to.html
Outputs of the University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 4 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/outputs-of-university-of-planetshire.html
The starting point of our sustainability crisis? http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-starting-point-of-our-sustainability-crisis/
Who depends on whom? A game of plates http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/who-depends-on-whom-a-game-of-plates/
ESD has made inroads in new pedagogical ideas in future flexible higher education – HEA report https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/esd-has-made-inroads-in-new-pedagogical-ideas-in-future-flexible-higher-education-hea-report/
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) London Conference 2014: Call for Papers https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/education-for-sustainable-development-esd-london-conference-2014-call-for-papers/
QAA/HEA ESD Guidance Document for UK higher education goes under consultation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/qaahea-esd-guidance-document-for-uk-higher-education-goes-under-consultation/
HEA-NUS Report 2013: Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/hea-nus-report-2013-student-attitudes-towards-and-skills-for-sustainable-development/
New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/new-website-the-guide-to-quality-and-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/
CONFERENCE: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/conference-quality-assurance-enhancement-and-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-creating-a-framework-for-dialogue/
New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/
Gloucestershire workshop on Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/gloucestershire-workshop-on-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/
Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/delivering-esd-and-graduate-attributes-through-hybrid-problem-based-learning/