SCC will convene a “cohort” for educators who are ready for a deeper dive into aspects of sustainability (EfS/ESD) pedagogy. The SCC cohort approach represents the next phase of SCC’s professional development activities, and will complement SCC’s continuing webinars, forthcoming Master Classes, and our June Faculty Conference.
Here is how the SCC cohort will work: Two experienced sustainability educators will convene a discussion among higher ed faculty on pedogogy for EfS/ESD. Through prior SCC webinars, conference presentations, and evaluation activities, participants have identified those topics within the broader realm of sustainability pedagogy as the ones most vital and relevant to their professional practice.
Due to the disciplinary specialization that is the hallmark of higher education, many faculty who are now teaching sustainability may lack an transdisciplinary perspective, creating barriers for translating the nature of this complex topic to students. For example, a common stumbling block for integrating sustainability into courses is the perception (among colleagues and/or students) that sustainability is primarily a topic for environmental science. This first SCC cohort will gain a fresh understanding of conceptual connections within and across disciplines, providing a pathway to becoming more comfortable teaching in a way that transcends traditional boundaries.
SCC pedagogy cohort #1 will: (1) review the basic concepts and principles fundamental to teaching sustainability; (2) explore, through examples and case studies, classroom-tested approaches to presenting inter-/trans-disciplinary material, and (3) engage in workshop-style exercises that will enable participants to apply these approaches to their own teaching contexts. In the process, participants will co-create a shared deliverable that is unique to the cohort and shared among them for use in their individual professional practice. This deliverable may be a collection of case studies; a synthesis of principles and practices; and/or a distillation of innovative ideas resulting from cohort discussions on transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning for sustainability.
Participants may choose to utilize this deliverable at their affiliated institutions to support a case for a new course or program initiative, for classroom teaching or research, or to augment a professional portfolio. Based on members’ interest and agreement, this deliverable could be further developed and utilized in a presentation at SCC’s Faculty Conference, polished into a publishable paper, and/or distributed in other professional venues chosen by the cohort participants as co-authors. These or other outcomes will define what it means to ‘integrate sustainability into the curriculum’ – an often misunderstood concept that, once clarified, can advance this work within cohort members’ institutions.
Through the use of Collaborase™ and supported by SCC, the work will take place over a six-week period beginning in mid-February. A participation fee will cover participants’ access to the cohort process, which includes:
- access to the SCC cohort workspace in the Collaborase™ online platform;
- individualized attention and feedback within a supportive faculty peer group;
- co-authorship of the final deliverable and ability to utilize it for one’s own professional development and collaboration.
SCC is now recruiting for this cohort of ideally 10-20 participants. This cohort will be constructed to include diverse perspectives from various disciplines with faculty drawn from multiple institutions. We encourage the participation of individuals or 2 – 3 person teams from programs or schools.
If you have a sincere interest in being part of this cohort, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can schedule an initial conversation. We will follow up with you to provide additional details on participation, time commitment, and fees.
Upon selection for inclusion in the cohort, participants will receive an introduction to the Collaborase™ platform and enter into a agreement regarding participation commitments and use of materials and deliverables.