Handbook Ideas

This handbook is under construction.

A Living Handbook for Tertiary Sustainability Educators

The concept behind a “living handbook” is that it becomes an open community of practice learning resource that develops through an organic process of practitioners sharing experiences and knowledge to support each other. For this reason an open online platform will be used so that members of the SUSTAINed network can post entries to the handbook and take shared responsibility for developing the content and shaping the direction of the handbook. This idea was proposed by participants at the last national symposium held in October 2014.

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So that we can build this handbook together as an open and evolving resource we are trying Wikiversity as a platform. You can access the Handbook framework here: https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Sustainability/Handbook

NB: The initial framework is just a starting point. The sections and categories are expected to change as people use and contribute to this handbook.

SUSTAINed Network Members’ Handbook Ideas

The Handbook ideas listed below were put forward by those who registered for the third National Colloquium on May 20, 2015.


  • Activism re programme development
  • Lobby institution for renewable energy

Conceptual development

  • Application of “enough for all forever” to pedagogy and action
  • Sustainability in and through the arts
  • Overcoming “silo” thinking
  • Inter/cross disciplinary thinking
  • Embedding sustainability in disciplines (but with interdisciplinary perspective)

Cultural perspectives

  • Meanings of sustainability in different socio-cultural contexts
  • Local/global perspectives
  • Cultural wellbeing: creating the conditions for sustainability education

Developing practitioner expertise

  • Curriculum design by PBL
  • Case studies (or links to) of EfS in action in tertiary courses/ institutions x 2
  • Examples of innovative initiatives in use
  • Personal practice examples
  • Science content knowledge for non-science teachers

Methods/ strategies

  • Campuses as “living labs” – strategies, examples…
  • Engaging adult learners in EfS in tertiary institutions
  • Tools for identifying “points of incidence” where sustainability could be introduced
  • Engaging pedagogical strategies for online & face-to-face


  • Contact list
  • Research reports and papers
  • Share professional development resources already available
  • Toolbox for EfS teaching
  • Links to resources
  • Local community and industry organisational resources for EfS in tertiary

Standards/ assessment

  • National standards for tertiary sustainability education
  • Examples of assessment methods for sustainability education

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