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New Free Online Short Course on Education for Sustainable Development


Educators can play an important role in ensuring the sustainable future of our planet. But there is an ongoing and critical need for educators at all levels – from primary through tertiary education – to develop their knowledge and confidence to teach education for sustainable development. This need is particularly pressing in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with their prominent focus on global citizenship and education for sustainable development.


It was for this reason that the Educating for Sustainable Development in Schools and Universities course was created by Dr Nicole Blum and Dr Fran Hunt from the Development Education Research Centre at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society.


The course, which is running for the first time in November 2022, is available for free and aims to provide educators across the world with an introduction to key ideas and practices related to education, learning and sustainable development, including issues such as climate change. Through online discussions and activities, participants engage with peers to explore diverse perspectives and practices from around the world and also current international policy. The course is intended for both educators in higher education as well as teachers in schools globally, so that participants can talk to one another about their practice and share ideas about how education for sustainable development might link across various levels of education. Participants also have an opportunity to reflect on how their learning from the course can be applied to their practice.


The three-week course, with a time commitment of around three hours per week, is hosted by FutureLearn. Taking the course is free, but educators can also choose to pay a small fee and receive a certificate of engagement and unlimited access to the course.

If you have a query about the course, you can contact the course leaders at: