Kepler is a competency based university program that employs blended learning model. We partnered with SDSN / SDGs academy to use some of its course content to teach our students. To do so, we started with one course named: “Global Public Health” and later “Human Rights, Human Wrongs”. We decided to adapt the content of the above courses from SDG academy platform to our teaching model to help students internalize the learning from the course content materials. We have decided to use SDG academy courses content as they are much connected to SDGs which are the framework and big lines for sustainable development of countries and communities across the world. We did this with a sense of creating awareness among college students for them to get used with SDGs, explore the global trends and identify how are they are connected to SDGs including making a call for action to orient their thinking and mobilize others to promote the wellness of the society through SDGs.
As the content of the SDG academy is mostly offered in form of MOOCs while our students had to take the content in form of modular class through face-to-face instructions; the instructors have gone through the content of selected courses and designed basics instructions of how they could be taught. They created some lesson plans; identified additional materials to facilitate the instructions of the course content. Throughout the course of learning, students are challenged to reflect on SDGs and connect them to the context they know better. Besides, they are given feedback from both instructors and their peers. Towards the end, students are given closing work or project in order for them to connect the dots from the learning across various topics and materials covered.