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  Designation of Courses -  Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS)

 

 

Identifying and Designating a Course(s)  as part of GSELS

GSELS  faculty  will identify existing courses that will be taught containing GSELS themes

 

There are Two Designations for GSELS Courses:

1.       GSELS-focused courses will address all course objectives through the lens of GSELS criteria.

2.       GSELS-related courses will include a module addressing GSELS criteria.

 

GSELS-focused Courses

These courses, relatively few in number, will concentrate on all components of sustainability including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.  Faculty who teach a GSELS-focused course agree to promote and explain how to join the GSELS Learning Network. In the GSELS-focused course, students will be encouraged (but not required) to begin or contribute to their electronic portfolio and learn how to add course work and syllabi, as well as other accomplishments, to the portfolio. A GSELS-focused course must include a civic engagement or service-learning requirement, which may also be archived in the portfolio. 


GSELS-related Courses

Almost any existing course can, with some small additions, become a GSELS-related course.  These courses might incorporate GSELS principles as a distinct course component or module or they might concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue. Faculty who teach a GSLES-related course will also explain and promote GSELS, how to join the GSELS Learning Community, encourage students to create an electronic portfolio and identify help for them to start it. In GSELS-related courses, students will be encouraged to add the syllabus and GSELS related coursework to their portfolio if they choose to create one.

 

Fieldwork and GSELS Contract Courses

All field experiences addressing sustainability or Earth Literacy offered as a college course may be approved by a GSELS certified faculty as qualifying as either GSELS-focused or GSELS-related (Example: Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Field Experience)Students may also approach GSELS certified faculty and create a GSELS contract for a course that is not designated as GSELS-focused or GSELS-related which will then apply toward the GSELS designation.

 

Faculty - Select one of the two designations and Register the Course you are teaching.


Students must complete (earning a grade of "B") at least four GSELS-designated courses, (totaling no less than 12 credits),  one of which must be GSELS-focused,  as well as complete a GSELS Civic Engagement Project to qualify for recognition as a GSELS Scholar. 

 

 

 Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies - Guiding Philosophy


The Earth Charter

 

 

Thomas Berry's -Nature of Universe
 and  12 Principles
of Understanding the Universe,

 



Life Long Learning,
Environmental, Global and
Sustainable Education

 

 

  GSELS Home

 


Faculty
  
GSELS Certification
   and Engagement

 

 

  GSELS Course Criteria

   What is the Criteria for  

   Designating a course

   as a GSELS course?

 

 

  Register Courses
 
Register to Participate

   and  Enter your  

   Designated Course

 

 

   GSELS Faculty Participation
Process 

 
 

 

GSELS-Designated Courses

Courses Available and
Participating Faculty
 


 
GSELS Campus
  Coordinators

MDC faculty and EEI Staff

 

 

Characteristics of a
  21st Century 

  Engaged Citizen

 


 

  GSELS Supports MDC
  Learning Outcomes

 

 

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