|Submission Date||Oct. 24, 2019|
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses
|2.00 / 2.00||
Does the institution have an ongoing program that offers incentives for academic staff in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses? :
A brief description of the incentive program(s):
At Humber College there is a variety of programs that incentives academic staff to develop new sustainability courses in the form of training. Humber College aims to increase sustainability as part of the Office of Sustainability’s strategic plan. Through training programs, Humber College provides capacity-building opportunities to help faculty implement sustainability through the increased transfer of knowledge and skills within the academic departments. Programs include;
Sustainability Faculty Champions Committee - A community of professors and instructors representing multiple academic faculties meets on a regular basis. They build capacity and drive pan-faculty initiatives to foster curriculum development, teaching and learning practices focused on sustainability.
The group of approximately 14 meets 2-3 times per semester. Meetings include professional development training – such as a guest speaker, webinar or literature discussion – and initiative planning. The group’s goal is to provide knowledge and training on how to integrate sustainability and the Sustainability Developmental Goals into curriculum and the classroom. Additional training is available for direct modules to academic staff to ensure success of implementation and success metrics within the classroom.
Humber College's Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) framework is being used as a mechanism to incorporate sustainability across all program curriculum. The ILO framework, announced in 2016, internally developed in 2017 and approved by the senior leadership and the Board of Governors in 2018, continues to advance a sustainability mindset within the academic community at Humber. Since 2017, the ILO team has worked with instructors from across all six academic faculties to develop strategies and best practices for the large-scale integration of sustainability across all program curricula, which began during the 2019-2020 school year. The ILO framework has also been used as a tool to engage faculty in capacity-building exercises, enabling them to confidently embody and embed sustainability into their curricula and classroom experiences.
Humber Showcase is an annual internal forum where staff and faculty share their academic research, innovative ideas in education and participate in professional development opportunities. Workshops on embedding the SDGs into course curriculum have been held since 2017; in these workshops, faculty are led through a process of course outline review to identify alignment with the SDGs and opportunities to teach and assess student understanding of sustainability. Workshops held at Humber's annual Showcase conference provide further support and opportunities for faculty to collaborate across disciplines and engage with sustainability from alternate perspectives. Workshops and the opportunity for growth allow for increased professional development and training. In the future, we plan on 1) assessing the implementation of sustainability through a competency rubric; and 2) formalizing micro-credentials through our Centre for Teaching and Learning to further incentive faculty adoption of a sustainability mindset.
ILO design thinking session: https://humber.ca/staff/events/ilo-design-teaching-sustainability-design-thinking-session
2017: “Bringing the Sustainable Development Goals to the Classroom”
http://www.humber.ca/showcase/2017/schedule.php workshop 3 segment
2018: “...But sustainability doesn’t fit in MY course”
http://www.humber.ca/showcase/2018/schedule.php workshop 1 segment
2019: “The Sustainable Development Goals and your course”
http://www.humber.ca/showcase/2019/schedule workshop 1 segment
A brief description of the incentives that academic staff who participate in the program(s) receive:
Academic staff who participate in Humber's programs receive continued support and resources (including training) from the Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) team and the Office of Sustainability Manager as they increase their own capacity to understand, teach and evaluate sustainability in their courses.
Additionally individuals who excel in implementing sustainability are eligible for a Sustainability Award-
To award academic staff and faculty on success of implementation of sustainability within their role at Humber, recognition in the form of an Award is given to showcase their achievements and success in sustainability.
Faculty that show engagement in sustainability within the Faculty Champions group are eligible for course releases to assist the implementation of sustainability in faculty development through The Centre for Teaching & Learning (CTL). For example, an Early Childhood Education Professor in Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellness is currently downloaded two courses as a secondee in the CTL where their time is allocated towards providing one-on-one consultations to faculty looking to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into curriculum and helping classes move to paperless.
Humber Sustainability Award individuals or groups nominated for this award will have demonstrated significant and measurable contributions to Humber/Guelph-Humber’s sustainability efforts. Eligibility All Humber/Guelph-Humber employees, having at least two (2) years full-time service are eligible for this award. Employees may be nominated more than once but may not receive the award more than once in a three-year period. Individuals must be going beyond any initiatives/programs that the institution is already doing in this area. Criteria Individuals or groups nominated for this award will have demonstrated dedication to enhancing sustainability on campus, in the classroom, and/or within the community in support of our strategic direction for sustainability. For example: Initiation, support of, and/or significant involvement in activities or projects which promote sustainability on campus, in the classroom, and/or within the community Demonstrated environmental leadership (goes beyond expectations to support Humber’s sustainability goals), through the advancement of a collective commitment within their department, school or group towards improving sustainability (environmental/social/economic) performance and/or engagement The award can recognize the implementation of a program or initiative; a technical innovation; integration into curriculum that is effectively teaching and/or tackling a sustainability challenge; or demonstrating improved environmental, social, and economic performance Please note: Review of the nominations and selection of the recipient(s) of the award is made by the Sustainability Coordinating Committee and approved by the President. Presentation Award recipients will receive the following: A plaque recognizing contributions to sustainability To recognize your contributions, a donation in the amount of $250 will be made to Humber’s Student Emergency Financial Support Bursary
Successes of include development of sustainable fashion course content and Learning by Leading Program
Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
This data was collected from the Institutional Learning Outcomes team.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.