Learning Design and ESD Course

Become a Certified Bootcamp Mentor or Certified CoDesignS ESD Trainer by successfully completing our 4 week online Learning Design and ESD Course developed and delivered in collaboration with UNESCO IESALC, the American University of Sharjah, Anglia Ruskin University, Glasgow University and the Open University.

What would the course cover?

By the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the concept of sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Explain what ESD is and the difference it can make to curricula and pedagogy.
  • Discuss the concept of transformative pedagogies and the application of active learning methodology into learning and teaching practice.
  • Describe learning design concepts and approaches as well as the importance of the three pillars of the CoDesignS Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Framework embedding ESD in curriculum design.
  • Design curriculum elements contributing to embedding ESD in educational practices using the CoDesignS ESD Toolkit.

Who should attend?

The Learning Design and ESD Course is aimed at professionals with at least 5 years experience in the areas of sustainability, education for sustainable development, curriculum design, learning design and/or educational technology.

How long is the course?

The course is delivered online over a period of 4 weeks. The participants are expected to spend approximately 7 hours a week engaging with the course activities.

How is the course structured?

The course is organised in 3 modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Sustainability and Education for Sustainable Development
  • Module 2: Transformative Pedagogies
  • Module 3: Learning Design and CoDesignS ESD Framework

There will be guided learning activities consisting of:

  • Micro lectures to introduce key concepts
  • Small group and class discussions to facilitate interaction and dialogue
  • Tests
  • Reflections
  • Application of the CoDesignS ESD Toolkit and
  • Webinars
Course Experience:
- Micro-lectures
- Live Webinars 
- Weekly assignments
- Discussions and polls
- Case studies
- Dedicated course support team

What will you receive at the end of the course?

At the end of the course, the participants will receive a certificate of completion issued by UNESCO IESALC and certified by the Association for Learning Design and Education for Sustainable Development and UNESCO IESALC.

Fees and funding

Fees: depend of number of participants
Please complete the form bellow, if you are interested in running a course. 
Students from low income economies and lower-middle income economies receive 25% discount.

How to apply

Before you apply Application steps 
If you have any questions about the application process or the course, please contact our course advisor team at: support@aldesd.orgApply online using the application form at the bottom of this page.

Course Leads

Victoria Tait
Anglia Ruskin University UK
Module 1 Lead

Dr Vicki Dale
University of Glasgow – UK
Module 2 Lead
Dr Nathalie Tasler
University of Glasgow – UK

Module 2 Lead

Dr Maria Toro-Troconis
Founder and Director – Association for Learning Design & ESD
Module 3 Lead

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If you have any questions about the application process or the course, please contact our course advisor team at: support@aldesd.org

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