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Building An Australia-wide Practitioner-Led Action Network for Sustainability Educators Across the Tertiary Sector

La Trobe University, in collaboration with representatives from four other Universities, has received $30,000 from the Office for Learning and Teaching to develop a national network of Education for Sustainability (EfS) Practitioners. Dr. Colin Hocking from La Trobe University is project coordinator, and there are multiple partner Universities across Australia, including: University of Technology Sydney, University of Tasmania, Charles Sturt University, University of Western Sydney, Swinburne University, Deakin University, James Cook University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, Curtain University and University of Newcastle.

The purpose of the national network will be to significantly enhance the uptake and quality of EfS in tertiary courses by sharing perspectives and practices on how best to:

  • shape EfS into diverse discipline contexts;
  • broaden these contexts to allow interdisciplinary learning required by EfS;
  • facilitate EfS development in ways that accommodate a diversity of institutional contexts.

For more on the purposes and processes of the network CLICK HERE to view video footage from the national symposium held on October 15th, 2014. 

Progress and Outcomes:

Over the next year, the project will organise a series of symposia, discussions and workshops, coordinated on-line across Australia, to: identify and recruit network members; identify key themes and actions to maximize networking; pilot networking hubs; disseminate and reflect on outcomes from these hub activities; and prepare a practitioner hand book for national distribution.

Progress and outcomes of the project will be reported on the  www.sustainability.edu.au  website. The project builds on work undertaken by practitioners at a National Education for Sustainability (EfS) in Tertiary Education Forum in February 2014, sponsored by La Trobe. The OLT project will be a great opportunity to advance thinking about curriculum and professional development for sustainability education across the tertiary sector.

How can University Education Contribute to a Sustainable Future?

At a recent La Trobe University Forum on Sustainability Thinking, Prof. Robert Manne talks with three guests about what Universities can contribute to the development of Sustainability Thinking in students, across disciplines. The three guests are:

  • Prof. Ian Lowe – former President of the Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Prof. Kate Auty – former Commissioner for Environment, Victoria
  • Ms. Lucy Manne – co-director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Click here to see the complete Sustainability Thinking Forum.

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