Contributing to SDG 4.7.1, SDGliteracy is an embryonic community-of-practice aimed at equipping faculty with the necessary learning resources and assessment tools to develop the sustainability literacy of their students.
Contemporary literature highlights a rhetoric-reality gap in the adoption of education-for-sustainability. TU Dublin is emblematic of this challenge, exhibiting disciplinary excellence within sustainability’s traditional domains, such as health, environmental sciences and engineering. Yet, by its nature, education-for-sustainability is transversal amongst contexts. Our project, sponsored by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, is focused on influencing faculty to embed sustainability in their curricula, based on the premise: sustainable futures require sustainability literate graduates.
By sustainability literacy, we refer to knowledge, skills and mindsets that allow individuals to become committed to building sustainable futures. To underpin our initiative, we partnered with the UN supported www.sulitest.org SULITEST, which provides an online sustainability literacy assessment tool, through a repository of MCQ style questions. Whilst the tool allows for benchmarking of student cohorts for ASSHE-STARS recognition, we have used it to raise awareness of sustainability issues amongst students in their academic disciplines and personal lives. To achieve this, a community-of-practice across the university has facilitated the sharing of authentic assessments in which the SULITEST is coupled with a reflective submission. Since the beginning of the project in late 2020, over 2000 students have taken the test and over 50 faculty have joined the community, registering as SULITEST examiners.
A second collaborative element to the community-of-practice has been the creation of open education resources (OERs). These learning resources are currently being developed, mapped and digitally badged to the five sustainable development goal (SDG) clusters identified by Elsevier:  basic rights,  equal opportunity,  human potential,  environmental sustainability and  organisations. Additionally, the community of practice has facilitated several awareness-building events, such as world water day, fashion revolution week and a sustainable finance symposium. The OERs are being developed using Articulate Rise, an eLearning authoring tool used to create responsive learning content.
As the use of our OERs and SULITEST gains traction, we plan to activate further demand and supply for the SULITEST and supplemental OERs, reaching a logical conclusion in which sustainability literacy is inherent in all TU Dublin education and research programmes.