Developing assessment tools for evaluating key competencies in sustainability across programs at UBC

Title Developing assessment tools for evaluating key competencies in sustainability across programs at UBC
Faculty/College/Unit Education
Status Active
Duration 3 Years
Initiation 04/01/2017
Project Summary

The idea for this proposal was submitted as a LOI for a large TLEF in July 2016. While questioning the wisdom of starting the research with a large, rather than small TLEF grant, the committee was in "full agreement of the pressing need to develop a set of competencies around the teaching of ‘sustainability’ within the context of education, as well as measures that can assess those competencies." Following this encouraging response, the following proposal has been drafted.

The overall research objective is to develop and apply a set of key sustainability competencies to sustainability programs at UBC so that students have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be sustainability practitioners. The development of assessment tools will help UBC to better equip our students for green jobs by rigorously developing, testing, assessing student sustainability competencies and then feeding results back to the UBC faculty members so future students can benefit. Research methods include international expertise, program directors from UBC, and, of course, UBC students.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Robert Vanwynsberghe
Year 1: Funded Amount 22,336
Year 1: Team Members

Jean Marcus, PhD
Associate Director, Teaching, Learning & Research
University Sustainability Initiative