The environmental impact of teaching and learning
The environmental impact of teaching and learning

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What next?

The SusTEACH toolkit is available to support sustainability initiatives with students and teachers as part of institutional programmes to ‘green’ higher education systems, and to develop more sustainable teaching and learning designs.

If you are a student, you may wish to:

  • recommend the SusTEACH Carbon Calculator for Students to fellow students and compare the energy consumption and carbon impacts of your learning-related activities.

If you are a lecturer or academic designer, you may wish to:

  • recommend the tools that compare the energy consumption and carbon impacts of teaching and learning models and activities to fellow lecturers
  • use the Carbon Calculator to support teaching students about sustainability within the curriculum
  • use the Carbon Calculators to support data collection on the carbon impacts associated with HE teaching and learning activities
  • use the SusTEACH toolkit to continue exploring what type of changes to the design of higher education teaching models could make a significant contribution to the reduction of carbon impacts, while maximising the benefits of higher education for students
  • use the SusTEACH Planning and Modelling Tools to examine the key issues in the design and delivery of teaching and learning on both courses and full qualification programmes – these tools could also be used to support teaching about sustainability on staff development and induction programmes
  • suggest to your university’s senior management that they should investigate how the tools might be used to complement other sustainability measures.

Here is a short video about The Open University’s immediate plans for implementing the SusTEACH toolkit within a number of sustainability initiatives to support the ‘greening’ of qualification programmes, presented by Professor Andy Lane.

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