A free online course, ‘Sustainability, Society and You,’ will start on 6 January 2014. Delivered by the University of Nottingham in partnership of FutureLearn, this eight-week course will provide participants with an introduction to the major global issue of sustainability while helping them discover how they can have a real impact on the future.
Although no prior knowledge is required to take this course, participants will be expected to have a mind that is open to new ideas and approaches and also a willingness to reflect upon their own contribution towards a more sustainable society.
This online programme will provide an introduction to the values and principles associated with sustainability and will equip participants with some of the knowledge and understanding needed to inform sustainable decision-making in their personal and professional life. The course is structured as follows:
- What do we think about sustainability?
- Sustainability – a historical perspective
- Big issues for our world
- Organisations and sustainability
- Sustaining society, sustaining culture
- Learning for and through sustainability
- Case studies in sustainability
- Sustainability and you
Through videos, readings and discussions, course participants will explore sustainability from a variety of perspectives such as economic, political, social, cultural, historical, arts, engineering, business, learning, geography and personal. They will also be encouraged to look at their own behaviours and to find, produce, share and discuss resources on sustainability.
The course, led by Dr Sarah Speight (archaeologist, educator and The University of Nottingham’s academic lead on Sustainability), will also feature contributions from academics across a variety of disciplines, supported by expert facilitators. It has been put together using material generated by the university and that from third-party ‘Creative Commons’ licensed sources. FutureLearn, a private company wholly owned by The Open University, facilitates this course. It is behind the UK’s first provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs).
The course invites all to join the conversation on Twitter or in blogging with the hashtag #FLsustain.
Image from the course website
Free eBooks (for downloading) http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/open/ebooksandibooks.aspx
FutureLearn website https://www.futurelearn.com/
ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) page of The University of Nottingham
Sustainability home page of The University of Nottingham http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sustainability/index.aspx
Facebook page – Sustainability at The University of Nottingham https://www.facebook.com/UoNSustainability
Twitter page – Sustainability at The University of Nottingham https://twitter.com/UoNSustain – @UoNSustain
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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
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Who depends on whom? A game of plates http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/who-depends-on-whom-a-game-of-plates/
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COPERNICUS conf: Leadership in a Changing World: Higher education, sustainability and the new Global Action Programme on ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/copernicus-conf-leadership-in-a-changing-world-higher-education-sustainability-and-the-new-global-action-programme-on-esd/
Nottingham building achieves a BREEAM Outstanding rating https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/nottingham-building-achieves-a-breeam-outstanding-rating/
London South Bank University (LSBU) in Africa: Education for Sustainability (EfS) Residential 2013 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/london-south-bank-university-lsbu-in-africa-education-for-sustainability-efs-residential-2013/
Consider Gross National Happiness in policy formation, says Prof Singh at Essex workshop https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/consider-gross-national-happiness-in-policy-formation-says-prof-singh-at-essex-workshop/
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/
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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/
HEFCE consultation on Sustainable Development Framework until 7 February 2014 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/hefce-consultation-on-sustainable-development-framework-until-7-february-2014/
House of Commons launch: UK’s Rio+20 Manifesto to strengthen education’s role in sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/house-of-commons-launch-uks-rio20-manifesto-to-strengthen-educations-role-in-sustainable-development/
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/
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