Overview of plans for the SusTEACH Toolkit

The SusTEACH Toolkit will be designed to help academic designers and lecturers with planning the learning provision for new courses or modules :
• to consider the likely environmental impacts of particular course or module proposals at the early planning stages to help reduce impacts when they are being designed and approved.

• to plan the learning design and teaching delivery of modules or courses to reduce environmental impacts associated with Higher Education teaching.

• to have a greater understanding of the environmental impacts of different teaching models.

• to promote awareness of more sustainable teaching and support Higher Education policies to meet the challenges of carbon reduction.

The toolkit will provide a number of interactive tools and resources aimed at supporting HE lecturers’ planning and understanding of the environmental impacts of teaching in HE. This includes the following three interactive tools which aim to support the design of more sustainable teaching practices.

1. The SusTEACH Planning Tool helps to rate proposed new teaching plan and understand the likely environmental impacts.

2. The SusTEACH Modelling Tool helps to model a proposed or actual teaching plan and understand the likely environmental impacts.

3. The SusTEACH carbon calculator helps student/lecturers to calculate the carbon impacts of course/module materials, equipment or resources that are provided to students or that students are expected to purchase/acquire/consume during their studies.

The toolkit will also provide the following three resources aimed at providing user guidance and supporting senior management in HE in conducting an environmental assessment of courses and modules at their Higher Education Institution.

1. The SusTEACH methodology will be offered as a resource for conducting an environmental assessment of courses/ modules including, gathering environmental impact data [on transport; ICT use; printed paper and resources; campus energy consumption, including the VLE infrastructure; student accommodation; and any additional home energy consumption], measuring energy consumption and identifying carbon conversions for monitoring HEI carbon impacts associated with courses/models.

2. The updated carbon conversion factors for calculating the energy consumption and carbon impacts associated with course and module-related will be offered as an additional resource.

3. An overview of online resources available for Higher Education environmental assessment will be provided as an additional resource.

About Sally

My research interests lie in sustainable development and innovation solutions to address urban challenges. I have an extensive research record examining innovation processes associated with the design, use, impact and evaluation of new technologies in different contexts. Have also worked significantly to support innovation and enterprise in SMEs. Have strong interests in the design of web-tools and resources which led to development of educational tools to support innovation, enterprise and sustainability.
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1 Response to Overview of plans for the SusTEACH Toolkit

  1. Gareth says:

    That sounds like a good idea, as carbon reduction is important.

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