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Curriculum: Embedding Sustainability — NEXT Forum: Sustainability

September 22, 2020

Vision

In what ways we can build knowledgeable, ethical and sustainability focused students?

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BS

Introduce a unique consistent context across the University by emphasing the three pressure points on the natural world.
1.Popul… See more

Ben S.

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KG

Engage with the SDGs as a framework for teaching systems thinking and interdisciplinarity. Being able to think about systems: eart… See more

Kim G.

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NW

Facilitate authentic learning opportunities that embed meaningful engagement with the SDGs across our degrees. Weaving discipline … See more

Naomi W.

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KG

By making sure to close the loop between research, teaching and learning that addresses both content creation and academic pathway… See more

Kim G.

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GV

Rewards students for outstanding contributions. Prize giving at the end of semester.

Gillian V.

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MA

Incorporate sustainability subjects, or assignments into more courses. Not just in courses focused on the environment, this will a… See more

Madeline A.

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SI

1. A university-wide SDG101 option course.
2. L&T conferences can be themed on SDG pedagogical approach.
3. Living labs inviting industry challenge projects.

Saniyat I.

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GV

check out the Accounting Core – we teach and embed SDGs across our assessment.

Gillian V.

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LA

create meaningful and transformative learning experiences for students

Lucy A.

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Challenges

What are the challenges in embedding sustainability into all disciplines?

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SI

1. Proper explanation of the word sustainability.
2. Business models are based on growth….we need a new definition of growth on… See more

Saniyat I.

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KG

There is no 'one size fils all' notion of sustainability, so it means very different things to different disciplines. Su… See more

Kim G.

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GV

I cannot really understand where there would be a challenge. I find it hard to understand why it isn't there. Maybe we should have regular audits to check for lack of inclusion!

Gillian V.

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RG

Is sustainability about an additional topic or is it about the underlying framework or set of principles that informs whatever disciplinary knowledge and skills of each program?

Roberto G.

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AL

I agree with what I think Roberto is suggesting; that sustainability should not be considered an addition to curriculum but a way… See more

Alison L.

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NW

Access to learning objects and resources that can be tailored to discipline (e.g. case studies, databases, projects)

Naomi W.

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Opportunities

How can RMIT set itself apart from other education institutions?

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KG

RMIT has a unique opportunity to bring together its commitment to sustainability, Indigenous Reconciliation and industry/community… See more

Kim G.

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NW

Harness our CBD 'place', expert alumni and our connections with industry to co-design authentic discipline specific curriculum.

Naomi W.

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JO

Build expertise with educating lifelong learners, who already have previous experience.
We need to find ways to build on the previ… See more

Jonathan O.

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RG

Is the question about setting apart – isn't sustainability as much about working collaboratively and in partnership rather than in competition?

Roberto G.

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JO

Great push Roberto!
I really like this – maybe it's more about how our unique specialties can work in harmony and unity with our partners

Jonathan O.

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RG

Aside from being an urban based university, our long tradition in practice-based and hands-on learning is essential to recognise and highlight in embedding sustainability in our curriculum.

Roberto G.

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JO

Double down on our urban DNA and build a focus on greener, more inclusive urban cities

Jonathan O.

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