Resources and guidance

Online education toolkits

These online resources from externally funded capacity building projects contain a range of tools, reports and guidance materials to develop insight and practice in Education for Sustainability.

UE4SD Online Platform

  • Professional development practices for sustainability educators
  • EU funded project University Educators for Sustainable Development
  • Led by University of Gloucestershire with 53 partners in 33 countries
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Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future

  • Multimedia teacher education toolkit with materials, topics and strategies
  • 100 hours of professional development in teacher education in 27 modules
  • Created for the UNESCO programme on Educating for a Sustainable Future
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Flip Curriculum

  • Curriculum change toolkit for enhanced graduate competences
  • Commissioned by the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching
  • Created by Professor Geoff Scott, Senior National Teaching Fellow
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Learning and Teaching Sustainability

  • Online resource with examples, educators, assignment briefs and teaching frameworks
  • Linked to SUSTAINed Australian community of practice on Education for Sustainability
  • Australian Office of Teaching and Learning with University of Technology Sydney
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Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Focus on Education for Sustainability in quality enhancement systems and strategies
  • Web resource with 5 university pilot studies, practitioner experiences and materials
  • University of Gloucestershire with UK Quality Assurance Agency, funded by HEFCE
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Key reports and frameworks

NESCO (2016) Global Education Monitoring Report
Monitoring progress towards the education targets in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework and examine the effectiveness of policy and programmes in this area.

QAA (2014) Education for Sustainable Development: guidance for UK higher education providers, Quality Assurance Agency, United Kingdom
UK national guidelines that supported the inclusion of sustainability education into the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, informing UK universities audits of curriculum standards and enhancement systems.

UNESCO (2014) Roadmap for Implementing the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, Paris: UNESCO
The GAP identifies whole-of-institutional change as a priority for education, as well as strengthening of capacity building and professional development of all who work as learning facilitators for ESD.

UNECE (2013) Empowering Educators for a sustainable future, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Tools for workshops linked to the UNECE ESD Educator Competences framework, developed and launched in 2011 as part of the UNECE Strategy for ESD.

HEA (2012) Future Fit Framework, Higher Education Academy, UK
Guidance framework and toolkit for developing ESD in the higher education curriculum, created by Professor Stephen Sterling with the UK HEA.

UNECE (2011) Learning for the Future: Competences in Education for Sustainable Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Framework of competences for use by educators and with learners developed by a pan-European expert group and based on principles of the Delors framework for transformative21st century education.

UNESCO (2011) Education for Sustainable Development: An Expert Review of Processes and Learning, Japan: UNESCO
International review by Professor Daniella Tilbury of good practices, pedagogical approaches and learning processes, part of the monitoring and evaluation work carried out for the UN Decade of ESD (DESD).

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