What is the CoDesignS ESD Toolkit about?

The CoDesignS ESD Toolkit provides an easy to implement pedagogic method for embedding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the curriculum using a co-design and co-creation approach. The CoDesignS ESD Toolkit is based on UNESCO’s key competencies for sustainability (UNESCO, 2017), the recent ESD guidelines published in the UK by QAA and Advance HE (2021) and the original CoDesignS framework (Toro-Troconis et al., 2019; Lewis, 2020).

The three pillars identified in the CoDesignS ESD Toolkit are presented in the image below:

CoDesignS ESD Toolkit Pillars - CC BY NC ND 2.0
  • Key Competencies for Sustainability that are relevant to all SDGs (UNESCO, 2017) and have been classified under: Ways of Thinking, Ways of Practicing and Ways of Being in the recent ESD guidelines published by the QAA and Advance HE (2021).
  • Specific Learning Objectives for the SDGs targeting the cognitive, socio-emotional and cognitive domains to engage students in a transformative educational experience (Sipos et al., 2008; Cotton & Winter, 2010).
  • Transformative Pedagogies and Teaching Methods delivered online or in a blended learning fashion that support participation and collaboration, problem-orientation, inter and transdisciplinarity and the linking of formal and informal learning (UNESCO, 2017).

When can I access the CoDesignS ESD Toolkit?

The CoDesignS ESD Toolkit is going to be evaluated by a group of academics, ESD leaders and students focusing on all the CoDesignS ESD pillars. The evaluation will be led by a team of experts from The American University of Sharjah (AUS).

If you’re interested in taking part in the evaluation please contact us!

What happens after the evaluation?

The evaluation will be finished by the end of August 2022 and the CoDesignS ESD Toolkit will be made available under a Creative Common license BY-NC-ND 4.0.

How can I get involved?

There are different ways of collaborating with us: as an evaluator, guest speaker, Bootcamp mentor or committee member, etc. Please contact us and let us know in what capacity you would like to contribute and collaborate with us.

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