The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain aims to help students create sustainable communities, where humans and nature flourish in the present and future. Toward that aim, SLS supports faculty to incorporate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into their teaching. ESD “empowers learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society, for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity” and focuses on “learning by doing” (UNESCO). This resource list is intended to support course design and redesign that integrates sustainability education and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with disciplinary course content. These materials were developed by SLS for workshops and other faculty development opportunities, in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning. In addition to the resources provided below, toolkit visitors interested in ESD may also want to review the following tools: SLS Resource List: U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and SLS Resource List: Education for Sustainable Development.

Workshop Materials on Course Redesign with the SDGs

  1. What Are the SDGs?  provides a brief introduction to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  2. Framework for Planning SDG(s) Course Integration provides a series of probing questions to help integrate SDGs into course curricula.
  3. Resources for Teaching with the SDGs explains the framework and examples of competencies that are considered important for understanding and engaging in complex societal challenges.
  4. Assessing Student Progress through Reflection or Storytelling is a reflective worksheet to fine tune assessment of students’ learning
  5. Worksheet: Designing and Integrating SDG Learning Objectives for your Course helps to connect big ideas and learning objectives of the course content to SDGs.
  6. Resources for Incorporating SDG-related Instruction into Courses provides example activities,  case studies, and SLS Teaching Tools.
  7. Empowering Students to Become Change Agents includes suggestions on how to create organizational and social change.
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