Pedagogical training: Sustainability in Teaching 2-3 cr, elective course, 5.3.-16.4.2021

Are you interested in developing sustainability in your own teaching and discuss the themes with your colleaques? Come and join this new pilot course. Course will also be offered as part of UNITE co-operation to maximum of 5 european teachers.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing this course the participant will be able to

  • Understand the basics of the sustainability crisis, the concepts of sustainability/sustainable development and the SDGs, key competences for sustainability and reflect on their implications to higher education and teaching 
  • relate sustainable development to one’s own specific subject field and identify key concepts and approaches that connect sustainability and the respective field 
  •  Design learning outcomes, learning activities and assessment methods for integration of sustainability relevant themes in courses  
  • Apply and evaluate teaching methods for sustainability integration in own course 
  • Ability to engage students in discussion about emotions, especially anxiety, in relation to the sustainability crisis  


 The course includes the following topics:  

  • Basics of sustainable development, SDGs and their role in higher education   
  • Key competencies of sustainability education: knowledges, skills, mindsets  
  • Linkages and relevance of sustainability for participants’ specific field; identifying key areas of sustainability relevance   
  • Defining sustainability learning objectives for own course  
  • Teaching methods (concrete examples) for integrating sustainability into teaching  
  • Assessment of sustainability learning  
  • Charting course material   
  • How to cope with student anxiety in regard to sustainability crisis 

Contact sessions: Fridays March 5th to April 16th 2021(ne teaching 2nd April) at noon to 3 PM (UTC+2) in ZOOM

Prerequirements: To Aalto university participants A! Peda Intro or similar preferred

Number of places: 20 (15+5)

Workload: 2 or 3 ECTS equals 54/81 hours, 18 hours contact teaching in ZOOM

2 ECTS: Participation in contact teaching and related assignments
3 ECTS: Participation in contact teaching and related assignments and written course work 

Contact: Pedagogical specialist Tiina Pylkkönen, tiina.pylkkonen @ (remove spaces)


This course will be organized also as a part of UNITE! pedagogical offering and will therefore be open to 5 participants from UNITE! partner institutions. A diploma of participation will be handed to the participants outside Aalto university.

Accepted applicants will be notified latest 23.2.2021.

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