Fostering sustainable development in education and teaching

Fostering sustainable development in education and teaching

This activity will be offered on-site (at EDLAB) and will take place on 20 April 2023 and 16 May 2023.

Session 1: 20 April 2023, 13.00-17.15

During this first session the connection between global citizenship education (GCEd) and education for sustainable development (ESD) will become apparent. After a short presentation on sustainable development and group discussion on the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), participants will discuss competencies for global citizenship and SDGs (e.g., systems thinking). Next, they will start formulating personal learning goals that will be at the heart of the second session. The bulk of the first session is devoted to the Climate Fresk workshop, as it exemplifies a method that aligns with GCEd/ESD competencies. Climate change is a complex problem that affects us all, but it is still badly understood by the general population. By delving further in the science behind climate change and understanding the causes and consequences, the workshop prompts participants to take constructive action to help tackle climate change. After taking the workshop, the participants may decide to become facilitators of the workshop themselves (for more information, see

Session 2: 16 May 2023, 9.30-12.30

During this session, ideas for implementing global citizenship education for sustainability will be presented with examples of how interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teaching and learning activities are embedded in curricula at various faculties (e.g., SBE, FSE, FPN, FASoS) and interdisciplinary programs (e.g., Minor Sustainability). Participants will further reflect on their personal learning goals, and ponder alignment of ILOs, teaching and learning activities and assessment.

This CPD training has a workload of 8 hours. Participants can also opt for a 16hr version, if they write and send in a short (2-3 page) report on their proposed GCEd for SD innovation in June 2023. They will receive feedback from moderators soon afterwards. The most inspiring proposals will be awarded with an innovation voucher for 40 teaching hours to help implement the plan.

These sessions are part of the Global Citizenship Education trajectory at UM. UM’s strategic programme, The European University of The Netherlands, states: “UM (…) imparts on its students the core values of global citizenship”; “We will integrate competencies such as global citizenship and 21st-century skills into courses for students, enabling them to continue their personal and professional development after graduating”. Not every teacher will immediately know how to translate these lofty goals into action. Therefore, three independent CPD modules have been designed to help programme and course coordinators, planning group members, educational designers and interested teaching staff to understand what Global Citizenship Education (GCEd) entails and to embed (aspects of) GCEd into their teaching. All modules have been designed in such a way that they can be followed independently of each other.

Trainers: Ceren Pekdemir (SBE, Maastricht Sustainability InstituteI), Katharina Schneider (FSE, Dept. Advanced Computing Sciences), Marloes Menten (SBE, Educational Research and Development), Herco Fonteijn (FPN, Work and Social Psychology).

Global Citizenship for Sustainability (20 April & 16 May)
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EDLAB is happy to offer this course to you free of charge.  Please note however that we have paid to develop and offer these sessions together with the trainer, so if you sign up but cannot attend, we would greatly appreciate it if you could give us at least 4 days’ notice so that we can advertise your spot to others who may be interested.  Failing to turn up or cancelling at the last minute may result in your department being charged the cost price (please contact us for more details should you need to cancel).

EDLAB reserves the right to postpone this event should a minimum of 10 participants not be reached.

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