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Top Down, Bottom Up, Institution Wide: Coordinating & Growing Education for Sustainability Across a University. Colin Hocking Robert Ford Angela Daddow Teaching & learning Portal http://tls.vu.edu.au/portal/index.aspx October, 2011 . Victoria University is:.

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Top Down, Bottom Up, Institution Wide:

Coordinating & Growing Education for Sustainability Across a University

Colin Hocking

Robert Ford

Angela Daddow

Teaching & learning Portal

http://tls.vu.edu.au/portal/index.aspx

October, 2011

victoria university is
Victoria University is:

. Multi-sector – degree, diploma & certificate, entry level

  • 50,000 + students across 12 campuses in Melbourne & Asia
  • Primary Uni in Melbourne’s west – part of our statute of formation
  • January 2011: new Vice-Chancellor => Sept 2011: new Strategic Plan until 2016:
    • Values include: “The staff and students of Victoria University demonstrate respect for others from diverse countries and cultures, educational and socio-economic backgrounds, and for the natural environment. “
    • High Level Learning & Teaching Goals include: “VU will be committed to ... education for sustainability to ensure our graduates contribute to the long term sustainability of our natural environment.” (one of six)
where we are now in efs
Where we are now in EfS
  • EfS committee – under Pro VC Academic & Students
    • To implement the National Action Plan for EfS:

“ provide people with the knowledge, skills & motivation to plan and make changes for sustainability ”

For Higher Education – across all courses

For TAFE & Vocational Education – in all national training packages

  • Sustainability Ed. Officer

+ staff in Curriculum Innovation Unit working on EfS

+ other staff being appointed (e.g. In Tech Trades & Innovation)

  • EfS coordinates with VU Enviro.Committee=>Operations & Infrastructure e.g. Greenhouse Gas reductions; Water savings; Waste minimisation; Biodiversity
  • EfS Work plan for 2011
  • Bottom up as well as top down process
  • EfS policy for VU under construction
efs work plan for 2011
EfS Work Plan for 2011

Framework for Development of EfS at VU

TOP DOWN, BOTTOM UP, INSTITUTION WIDE

Council, Vice Chancellor & Senior Management – support & leadership

External Groups & Businesses

EfS Policy – under devel.

PVC Students & Academic

EfS Strategies

EfS Committee

Curriculum Innovation Unit

Research Centres:

ISI

CESARE

CSS

Student Clubs & Projects

(Student

Leadership

BUILD A CULTURE OF EfS ACROSS VU

FAEHD

FOHES

FBL

VE

FE

Networking & Professional Development Support - for Champions & Innovators

Networking & Professional Development Support for Teachers & Course Coordinators/Developers

Six Faculties across Higher Ed, Vocational Ed, Further Ed

how we got to this point the story
How we got to this point...the story

Vic. State Steering Group for EfS in Tertiary Ed – 6 yrs old

Sharing ideas – Driver for progress across institutions – ’Bootstrapping’

Sept-Dec 2008: Exec Deans Meetings at VU

Position paper on EfS to Education Review Board

June 2009 – position paper to peak VU committee

June 2010– formation of EfS committee

- National Action Plan for EfS made this simpler

A ready-made, effective definition of EfS

Policy at national level

Across Higher Ed & Vocational Ed & Community

March 2011 – Sustainability Ed. Officer

+ staff in Curriculum Innovation Unit working on EfS

Sept 2011 EfS formalised in VU Strategic Plan

the journey top down
The journey... Top down...

ALREADY ACHIEVED

  • Sustainability embedded in VU mission & VU values

+ one of six high level education goals in VU strategy

  • EfS embedded in Annual Course Monitoring Process
  • EfS Committee set up – reporting to VC’s education advisory cttee
  • Extension of Sustainability Ed Officer position for 2 years

NEAR FUTURE

  • Review of Learning and Teaching policy to include EfS
  • Review of VU Grad. Cert. In Tertiary Ed to include EfS in curriculum
  • New Curriculum framework - 2012 will incorporate EfS in University curricula
the journey bottom up
 The journey…bottom up

Snapshots of progress

Workshops on ‘Clarifying EfS at VU’ – in progress

Start-up Community of Practice – travels between Faculties monthly

Embedding EfS in curricula examples – Footscray gardens;

Sports & Science (later session at AASHE);

Traditional Trades

New Position in Fac. Tech.Trades & Innovation

External Links

Sustainability Victoria

Links with Local Government

e.g. Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action

campus as a site of efs learning
Campus as a site of EfS learning ...

Practice Firm: A learning in the workplace initiative

a 6-star sustainable building that provides Learning in

the Workplace and Community (“LiWC”)

experiences to a wide range of higher education and

TAFE students.

Sunshine Construction Futures

Purpose-built, innovative 6 star facility

- to support the development of the

building and construction industries

in Melbourne’s west.

Sport and Learning Precinct

- Specialist 5 star sports education & research facilities

- Includes a VU-wide ‘Learning Commons’

what we can see on the journey institution wide
What we can see on the journey – Institution wide
  • EfS in discourse & culture across VU
  • Campus sustainability more wide-spread
  • Development of student –based projects and other engagement with sustainability
  • More partnerships with industry and professional associations - influencing VE teaching, applied research and internal & external university collaboration
  • More incorporation of EfS in courses & subjects – supported by clear guidelines for assessment of EfS in new & revised courses?
lessons learnt
Lessons Learnt

☼ Avoid imposition of policy that alienates staff - implement via two-way consultation

☼ EfS can be aligned as part of development of quality education pedagogy of EfS aligns with leading practice in tertiary education

= active, engaged, problem-solving, multi-disciplinary, blended learning

☼ Professional development & support in two parts: generic PD for understanding what EfS & how to progress support staff in discipline areas to embed EfS in their own areas of learning & teaching

☼ Having a specific EfS Committee has benefits

- focuses squarely on learning & teaching NEEDS close liaison with other VU sustainability areas e.g. Environment Committee; Research Centres

contact details
Colin Hocking - Sustainability Project Officer, Academic and Students colin.hocking@vu.edu.au

Robert Ford - Educational Advisor, Curriculum Innovation Unit robert.ford@vu.edu.au

Angela Daddow – Educational Advisor, Curriculum Innovation Unit angela.daddow@vu.edu.au

Teaching & Learning Portal

http://tls.vu.edu.au/portal/index.aspx

CONTACT DETAILS
vu education for sustainability
VU: EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

VALUE & High Level Learning & Teaching Goal

Respect for ... natural environment & ... Commitment to EfS ...

Environment Charter

Environment Policy

DVC C&MS

Finance & Infrastructure Committee

DVC A & S

Educational Management

Advisory Cttee

Environment Management Plan (EMP) 2009 -2012

  • Projects:
  • - Resource Efficiency
  • Behaviour Change
  • Clarifying EfS
  • Commty of Practice

Education for Sustainability (EfS) Committee

Environment Committee

where to from here
Where to from here...

Aim: EfS in conversations & culture across VU

  • Spread EfS across sectors and disciplines
  • Clarify faculty-based incorporation of EfS in courses & subjects
    • Provide clear guidelines for assessment of EfS in new & revised courses
  • Campus sustainability more wide-spread
  • Student –based projects and other engagement with sustainability
  • Partnerships with industry and professional associations - infiltrating VE teaching; applied research and internal university collaboration
immediate focus
Immediate focus...
  • Clarify what EfS is for VU – within overall National Action Plan
  • Professional Development of Staff – two parts: Generic & Discipline-based
  • Discipline-context workshops to elicit and articulate EfS in curricula
  • Build & broaden participation in CoP’s – beyond enthusiasts
  • Document leading practice case studies in a range of disciplines
  • Strengthen links with other sustainability efforts in VU
    • Campus operations; student leadership; research centres
  • Build a team of engaged EfS champions – across faculties & sectors
community of practice
Community of Practice

Objectives

  • Provide examples => document case studies
  • Share ideas & strategies
  • Networking
  • Feed-back to overall EfS development in VU

Senior Management Support

  • First CoP launched by Pro-ViceChancellor Greg Baxter

- with outline of plan for EfS at VU & how CoP fits in