[SPN-Discussion] Sustainability Curriculum -- An Online Dialogue and Pre-Survey

Ira Feldman ira at greentrack.com
Fri Mar 30 11:12:46 PDT 2018

SCC Online Curriculum Dialogue — Invitation to Complete Pre-Survey

Pre-Survey for the SCC Online Curriculum Dialogue:  

<https://www.surveymonkey.com/ <https://www.surveymonkey.com/>r/6YDH3MK>.
The Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC) is pleased to announce its Online Curriculum Dialogue.

The survey instrument found at the link above serves as the launch of the SCC Online Curriculum Dialogue.  While not comprehensive, this "pre-survey" is intended to help us perform some important foundational work by documenting pre-existing views in the SCC community of practice regarding the purpose and content of sustainability curricula delivered at the university level. 

By responding to these questions, you will help us to understand the range of views held, and identify any areas of concurrence as well as highlight issues for further exploration through the SCC Online Curriculum Dialogue over the next 2 months.  This understanding, in turn, will help us to structure interactions and working sessions of the Online Dialogue in an effective and efficient way.

As in all other SCC activities, by convening this Online Dialogue, we seek answers to the following two basic questions:

-- What are the biggest challenges faced by college and university faculty teaching sustainability?

-- What are the greatest needs of college and university faculty teaching sustainability?

All those who respond to the pre-survey are invited to join the SCC Online Curriculum Dialogue on Collaborase.  To opt in to the Online Dialogue and receive an invitation from Collaborase, please ensure that we have your contact information by answering Question 6 in the pre-survey.

Please provide your survey responses no later than Friday, 20 April.

More details about the Online Dialogue:

The plan is for the SCC Online Curriculum Dialogue to be led by a different individual every 2-3 weeks in a rotation over the next 2 months leading up to our Faculty Conference June 25-26 in Pittsburgh.  We’ve lined up several SCC Advisory Council members and other volunteers to facilitate the Dialogue.  The results of the "pre-survey" and a summary of the Dialogue will be the SCC contribution to the joint workshop with the National Council for Science and the Environment’s (NCSE) Council of Environmental Deans & Directors (CEDD) in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, June 26.

The following announcement for the Online Dialogue has been posted on the homepage of the SCC website <www.curriculumforsustainability.org <http://www.curriculumforsustainability.org/>>: 

We are announcing the launch of the SCC Curriculum Dialogue. Following the SCC Faculty Conference in Philadelphia on June 26-27, the SCC team carefully reviewed feed  back from the attendees, including a request for a mechanism to facilitate an ongoing discussion. The conference included a well-received session on “Sorting Curriculum at the 100, 300, and 500 Levels,”  in which presenters offered 4 different perspectives.  The suggestion was made that we continue that discussion in greater detail. We agreed. Therefore, in March 2018 we will convene an online dialogue focused on curricular options. The dialogue will be structured and facilitated by several SCC Advisory Council members and other volunteers. To receive an invitation which will allow you to opt-in to the SCC Curriculum Dialogue (to be convened on our Collaborase platform) please complete the pre-survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/ <https://www.surveymonkey.com/>r/6YDH3MK

Also, on the SCC 2018 Faculty Conference webpage <http://curriculumforsustainability.org/scc-faculty-conference-2018-2/ <http://curriculumforsustainability.org/scc-faculty-conference-2018-2/>>, we have posted a box that explains the SCC contribution to the joint workshop to be convened in Pittsburgh with NCSE-CEDD:

In early 2018, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) launched a process focusing on “key competencies” in sustainability degree programs in collaboration with the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC) and NCSE member institutions, including the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU) and University of Northern Arizona (NAU). The goal of this NCSE initiative, through workshops, dialogues and other activities, is to create a “Consensus Statement” on sustainability competencies. SCC is committed to integration and alignment with this NCSE process.  SCC’s contribution will include the findings from the online SCC Curriculum Dialogue convened in Spring 2018.  This joint workshop will take advantage of the co-location of the SCC Faculty Conference and the NCSE’s Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) meeting in Pittsburgh. Workshop participants from both organizations will contribute their experiences and insights to a shared and growing body of knowledge around key competencies in sustainability degree programs.

Ira Feldman
founder & managing director
Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (tm)
<www.curriculumforsustainability.org <http://www.curriculumforsustainability.org/>>

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