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1 Welcome from British Columbia Have a seat near the front, according to your type of institution.

2 Sustainability Course Inventory as a Foundation for Sustainability and Environmental Program Development Using STARS Dan Burns Vivian Neal Faculty of Environment Teaching & Learning Centre Simon Fraser University Arnica Rowan Okanagan College

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4 Faculty of Environment New Faculty Geography Resource Management Archaeology Environmental Science Sustainable Community Development Additional mandate to catalyze and coordinate interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability programs

5 Course Inventory Both Environment and Sustainability Approximately 300 undergraduate courses Spreadsheet format provided : Title and NumberCredits Course DescriptionPrerequisites How Often TaughtPrevious Instructors Course CapacityCourse Enrollment

6 Interdisciplinary Program Development Interdisciplinary Programs utilizing courses outside of home department Examples: –Environmental Literacy Certificate (all students) –Environmental Health (Environment/Health) –Bachelor of Environment –Ecological Restoration

7 Faculty Environmental Networks Program and Program Development/Modification Participation in Collaborative Teaching Advocating for Sustainability & Environment Programs –Within home departments/Faculties –University-wide (Senate, Academic Plan etc) Fast-tracking curriculum proposals Identifying Problems Early in Development

8 Key Lessons Limitations of Keywords (False -/False +) Course Descriptions vs. Syllabi Temporary courses not identified Pedagogy information not Provided Takes more time than anticipated Next Steps –Phase II (refinement) –Dissemination of inventory & networks

9 With your table, consider: How could you use the STARS course inventory to enhance curriculum at your institution? What relationship do you see between your institutional culture, processes and structure and the STARS framework?


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