At the European Symposium for Sustainability in Business Education, Research and Practice we won Best Paper award for our Sustainability Competence Assessment Validation paper. We are very grateful for the recognition and are looking forward to taking part in future collaborations with the participants at the symposium. The inspirational ideas that emerged from this group of dedicated ESDers was fantastic to experience. Thank you all very much for including us in this great work.
This week we have been catching up with Erika Sandow and Linda Lundmark at the Geography department at Umeå University, who have accepted our invitation to follow their student cohorts that study on two new master programs that highlight sustainability. The teachers have been working with a learning progression approach, through; 1) using our Sustainability Competence Assessment (SCA) tool; 2) communicating and coordinating in the program council groups with all responsible teachers about how and what they want to do with the modules and program as a whole; and 3) developing activities, such as a sustainable development goal (SDG) assessment activity that teaches measurability and critical thinking about the SDGs.
We also caught up with Jos Eussen, at Maastricht University, and discussed our participation with his work in The OPEDUCA Project. It is great to find people working towards common goals that have so much passion for the work that needs to be done. We discussed our ideas and strategies to help put our projects into action on an international basis, collaborating with several other universities across the globe. The support and encouragement that we get through Jos is like a breath of fresh air. Thank you again, Jos!
Also, this week we met with Anna Jakobsson at Högskolan Väst that works with the education for sustainability course that is mandatory for all teachers at the university. We presented our project and discussed the SCA tool and got some great feedback about our assessment. We discussed how the assessment measures the participants confidence in their competence to think for sustainability. Therefore, it is an assessment of student mindsets towards sustainability competence. The assessment tool can be used to help teachers to plan experiential activities to help students to transform for sustainability. It can therefore be used in conjunction with other assessment practices that measures competencies in the discipline, professional competencies and general competencies (Redman & Wiek, 2021). We look forward to our future work with Högskolan Väst and welcome you to this ever-growing project.
In the discussion forum this week, we would like to reflect on the opportunities and possibilities of international collaborations between universities, organisations and countries. What opportunities have you found most inspiring and supporting that could help you to develop your education for sustainability (EfS)? What international support have you been searching for, but have yet to find? Which services would help your great work with EfS advance to the next level?
Redman, A., & Wiek, A. (2021). Competencies for Advancing Transformations Towards Sustainability. Frontiers in Education, 6, 785163. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2021.785163