Embedding the SDGs across the Curriculum

Next Start Date Autumn 2024
Duration 25 hours


This course will be a follow-on from the ‘Introducing Education for Sustainability’ digital badge to provide two linked stacked options for HE and FE staff. The course will require 25 learner hours over a six-week period, after which learners can claim their digital badge with a follow-on two-week facilitator digital badge. The aim is to create a dynamic community of practice across the higher and further education sector on ESD and the SDGs aligned with the work of the SDSN. The main objectives of the course are:

  • Raise awareness and understanding of the SDGs within an educational context with a view to catalyzing action on embedding them more holistically across the curriculum.
  • Create a community of practice amongst higher and further education staff through the digital and facilitator badges, that will lead the curriculum transformation required to equip students with the necessary competences to become change agents for a sustainable future.
  • What are the SDGs and what role does HE and FE play in meeting the listed targets?
  • How can HE and FE embed the SDGs more holistically across the curriculum?
  • Programme and module design that embrace the SDGs citing international best practice examples.
  • Best practice examples of teaching, learning and assessment.

You’ll Learn to

The main learning outcomes include:

  • Demonstrate an ability to critically explore the SDGs and how they may apply across all disciplines.
  • Critically evaluate and analyze SDG teaching, learning and assessment approaches within the context of different disciplines.
  • Explore opportunities to utilize inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to embedding the SDGs across the curriculum.

More objective and learning outcomes will be developed during the design phase.

On earning your open badge award for this course, you will have achieved further recognition in the following domains of the National Professional Development Framework for Staff who Teach:

  • Professional Identity, Values and Development in Teaching and Learning.
  • Professional Communication and Dialogue in Teaching and Learning.
  • Professional Knowledge and Skills in Teaching and Learning.

Course Developers

This open course has been developed by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with:

Dr Mark Kelly

Atlantic Technological University

Professor Charlotte Holland

Dublin City University

Dr. Olivia Freeman

Technological University Dublin

Dr. Dermot O’Donovan

Atlantic Technological University

Dr. John Scahill

Atlantic Technological University

Dr. Maria Kirrane

University College Cork

Dr. Brian Gormley

Technological University Dublin

Dr. John Barimo

University College Cork

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