Responsibility in Higher Education: A professional development course to strengthen sustainability issues in the teaching programs of the University of Zurich

Am Projekt beteiligtes ALL-Mitglied: Sara Petchey


The Responsibility in Higher Education professional development program at the University of Zurich is a series of workshops which bring together teaching staff from all faculties to deepen and broaden their understanding of sustainability and the innovative pedagogies which will enable them to transform the way they integrate sustainability in their teaching. The program aims to increase the prevalence and significance of topics of sustainability in the curriculum of all university study pathways and to create an interdisciplinary community of innovative teachers who work to understand and promote Education for Sustainable Development, as well as support and learn from one another.
The driving assumption behind our workshops is that many teachers have not had sufficient training in innovative pedagogies or opportunities to learn deeply and broadly about sustainability such that they have the confidence and skills to transform their teaching. We use sustainability expert presentations, pedagogical coaching, peer collaboration, and peer and self reflection to improve participants’ senses of self efficacy as innovative ESD leaders. We discuss stealth to thematic strategies for integrating sustainability. We look at a vision of education in the Anthropocene era. A panel of colleagues share their experiences (good and bad) with teaching about sustainability in their courses. We reflect upon principles from psychology to help people change. Most importantly, our participants work in interdisciplinary teams to develop their own teaching ideas into realizable teaching practices.
Funding organizations = the Sustainable Development at Universities Programme, which is supported by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Science and the Mercator Foundation Switzerland.