Clemens Mader RCE Graz-Styria, University of Graz
SUSTAINICUM – Project information & regional challenges • Challenge: loose and lack of communication between university educators; often reinventing the wheel; • Aim: fostering sustainability in higher education and visability of ESD • Tool: Webplatform with > 140 online resources for free download • Content: various disciplines and approaches – contents, methods, cases, games...
Coordination and Management • Cooperation project between three Austrian universities: • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) • University of Graz • Technical University Graz • Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research • Project period: 1 year (Jan. 2012 – Jan. 2013) • Call for submissions of material through personal networks and open calls • To ensure quality of submissions workshops were conducted as well as peer review took place • To ensure application of materials teaching workshops werde conducted • To spread application – english versions available
Current results • Online platform: www.sustainicum.at/en/home • >140 teaching materials online • Information about: • a general description of the resource, • learning targets, • the relevance for sustainability, • recommended teaching methods, • social settings and optimal group size, • time required and preparation efforts, • sources and links and uploaded additional materials • Stronger attraction for educators to adopt sustainability issues in their lectures
Surprises & challenges • Use of term sustainability very different • Contributions from variety of disciplines • Further application of materials, • Keeping up to date status of materials and content
Scaling and transformation • Expanding use of platform to regions, topics and networks • Policy reforms through strong application – (platform funded by ministry of science and research) • Regional impact: strong impact for Austrian Universities where Sustainaicum is strongly promoted. Discussions on sharing and creative commons was supported; • Regional mapping of educators that deal with sustainability took place. As all wanted to contribute their resources and experiences – become part of the platform.
Sustainicum Find more information at: www.sustainicum.at/en/home Contact: Marlene Mader, MSc. RCE Graz-Styria, University of Graz email@example.com