This page features several thinking tools to help teaching staff (or students or others) think through how a taught course or other learning activity can include sustainable development issues.

The tools were piloted and developed in 2018/19 through the ESD Forum project to embed Education for the Sustainable Development Goals in six DMU programmes.

The Toolkits

Ten ESD Ingredients (Word); Ten ESD Ingredients (PDF Form)

  • Use these ten prompts to rate how sustainable development themes and competencies are currently linked to a course, and to identify areas of enhancement.

Currriculum Audit Tool

  • Used for a student-led audit of programmes and modules at DMU in 2018/19, covering similar issues to the Ten Ingredients tool above but also addressing pedagogic approaches. Based upon an audit tool developed by the National Union of Students.

Linking SDGs to a Taught Course

  • Use this thinking tool to consider links between the SDGs and key aspects of a course (assessment; activities and resources; learning outcomes), considering sustainable development as a whole, the 17 SDG themes, and 169 SDG targets

Embedding Sustainability Competencies in a Taught Course

  • Use this tool to consider how a course embeds core competencies for acting on sustainability: Systems Thinking; Futures Thinking; Ethical Literacy; Strategic Thinking; Interpersonal Skills.

ESD in Co-curricular Activities (Word); ESD in Co-curricular Activities (PDF form)

  • Use this tool to consider how the ESD Project aims and outcomes are embedded in any co-curricular activity, such as volunteering, student societies, study trips or otherwise

Living Lab approach (Word); Living Lab approach (PDF)

  • Use this tool to consider how to integrate teaching, research and real-world impacts to enhance activities linked to sustainable development

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Tried them out?

Please share your experience with the project team using the form below or email sustainability@dmu.ac.uk.