Sustainable Teaching Track

Instructors at all levels who want to infuse Sustainable Development Goals in their teaching are invited to this track. It focuses on integrating critical problem solving into courses across the curriculum as tools for approaching wicked problems facing social, environmental, and economic aspects of sustainability.


Why participate in the Sustainable Teaching track?

Participating in ETE10 and earning a Teaching Scholar Certificate can offer a number of benefits for instructors, including: 

required badges for sustainable teaching track

Ready to get started?


Step up a "Plan Your Pathway" meeting with ETE

In your Plan Your Pathway (PYP) meeting, an ETE staff member will introduce you to the ETE10 Canvas course, where you earn your digital badges. They will discuss your specific personal and professional goals with you and suggest the best strategy for completing the Teaching Scholar Certificate in a timely manner. To set up your PYP, please send an email to indicating that you want to have a PYP.

Enroll in ETE10

ETE10 is the Canvas course where you submit a short reflection assignment to earn each of the ten badges necessary for Teaching Scholars. To access ETE10, you need to join the course. You can do that by clicking here.

Engage in the required badges

There are five required badges for the Sustainable teaching track:

  1. Plan Teaching Excellence Pathway (Engage)
    Description: In the Plan Your Pathway (PYP) meeting, you meet one-on-one with an ETE staff member to answer your questions about ETE and the Teaching Scholar Certificate. During this meeting, you'll learn about ETE and the Foundations of College Teaching track and discuss how ETE can best help you accomplish your personal and professional goals related to college teaching. 
    Time to complete: 1 hour
    When to register: You can set up a PYP meeting at any time, emailing 
  2. ETE Learning Circle - Sustainable Teaching (Engage)
    Description: Every semester, ETE runs a number of learning circles, where 8-9 instructors and/or graduate students get together to discuss a book related to pedagogy or college teaching. Some learning circles are specifically designed for Foundation of College Teaching track participants. You can expect to meet with your learning circle 4-5 times a semester. 
    Time to complete: 1 semester (4-5 one-hour meetings)
    When to register: Registration usually opens 2-3 weeks before the start of each semester. Check out the learning cirlces website to find out what circles are coming up and to sign up. 
  3. Planetary Thinking in the Curriculum Workshop (Implement)
    Description: Planetary Thinking in the Curriculum is a workshop customized to and led by USU faculty that brings colleagues together to engage in shared inquiry over how to creatively incorporate issues of sustainability into their teaching.
    Time to complete: Depends on what changes are implemented.
    When to register: 
  4. ETE Sparkshop - Sustainable Teaching (Engage)
    Description: ETE Sparkshops were created to "spark" creative ideas and methods for instructors. ETE Sparkshops are about 20 min-40 min, and can be requested by departments to be presented to their instructors, or can be requested by an instructor directly. The topics for Sparkshops vary, as do their length.
    Time to complete: 40-60 minutes
    When to register: Sparkshops are offered every semester. 
  5. Teaching Statement- Implement
    Description: A Teaching Statement is a short analytical essay of your personal beliefs and values when it comes to education. This is normally a mixture of practical experience and evidence-based scholarly works.  
    Time to complete: Depends
    When to register: No registration is necessary for this badge; you can turn in this assignment at any time throughout the year. 
To earn the Teaching Scholar Certificate, you must earn six engage-level badges, three implement-level badges, and one contribute-level badge. There are over 100 digital badges currently available through ETE. During your PYP meeting, you can talk about which additional badge might best fit your personal and professional goals. Feel free to email for guidance or advice about which badge might work best for you.

Submit badge assignment to ETE10

After you have engaged in the content of a badge (for example, once you have complete the Learning Circle, you should submit the badge assignment in ETE10. To submit a badge, navigate to that badge in ETE10 and click on "Start Assignment" at the top right of the screen. To submit the badge, you will be asked to respond to a reflection prompt indicated in the badge assignment. Make sure that you respond to the prompts for the Foundations of College Teaching track.

Track your progress in Pathways

After you submit a badge to ETE10, an ETE staff member will read through your reflection and either award you the badge or ask for additional information to award you the badge. If additional information is needed, the ETE staff member will indicate what information to add in a submission comment and ask you to re-submit the assignment. Once you have been awarded the badge, you can track which badges you've earned and which badges you still need using the "Pathways" tab in the ETE10 course.

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