Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.80
Liaison Corey Peterson
Submission Date June 2, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Tasmania
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sustainability Team
UTAS
Infrastructure Services and Development
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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? :
Yes

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

The University's Education for Sustainability Community of Practice (EfS CoP) established in 2010 comprises academic and professional staff and students who regard EfS as central to the mission of higher education. Members of the EfS CoP support staff members from different areas who are assigned and paid to design and deliver new courses focused on sustainability, including:
- Diploma of Sustainable Living (https://www.utas.edu.au/courses/cse/courses/z1k-diploma-of-sustainable-living); started in 2019, became the most subscribed diploma at UTAS (1,236 enrolments in 2019, 3,553 in 2020, 2,446 in 2021 and 1,407 so far in 2022).
- Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living (https://www.utas.edu.au/courses/cse/courses/z0u-undergraduate-certificate-in-sustainable-living)
- Job-ready certificates support upskilling or jumping into further studies (https://www.utas.edu.au/study/certificates)
- Major in Sustainability (new in 2022) (https://www.utas.edu.au/study/science); allows students to gain skills and techniques to help create sustainable societies, including identifying impacts of decisions and identifying effective solutions. This new major can be applied to a variety of study areas, including economics, arts, agricultural science and ICT and can be combined with another major, complementing specialist skills in an area such as Environmental Remediation, or Geography and Environment.


A brief description of the incentives that academic staff who participate in the program(s) receive:

EfS CoP members have access to a paid facilitator to support the networking functions of the program and to curriculum development staff to support and gather expertise among the members to facilitate course development. Academic staff members are able to use hours from their 40:40:20 workload split (teaching:research:other) to participate in the EfS CoP specifically in relation to curriculum review and development. The EfS CoP is also a formal working group of the University Sustainability Committee, thus is tied into a prime sustainability-focused forum with broad representation from academic and non-academic staff and students.


Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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