Developing inclusive and sustainable curriculum for environmental engineering courses

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Jahan, Kauser
Bauer, Sarah
Torlapati, Jagadish
Forin, Tiago
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University College Cork
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Inclusivity and sustainability are becoming integral to the successful delivery of engineering course content. Teaching strategies that incorporate both are gaining momentum globally for engineering educators. Inclusive teaching strategies are based on making all students in the classroom feel valued and equal contributors. Strategies are based on developing curricular material that addresses students from a diverse background (socioeconomic status, race, gender, ethnicity, preferred orientation) and varying learning abilities. Research has shown that inclusive teaching strategies allow instructors to engage and bond with their students and the students bond with the course content. ABET, the accreditation arm for engineering programs has also identified that student outcomes address engineering design that integrates sustainability, ethics and the impact of engineering solutions in a global context. As such engineering educators are challenged to integrate all these concepts in courses that have a finite time for delivery of technical core content.
Engineering education , Sustainability , Inclusive teaching strategies , ABET
Jahan, K., Bauer, S., Torlapati, J. and Forin, Tiago (2021) ‘Developing inclusive and sustainable curriculum for environmental engineering courses’, EESD2021: Proceedings of the 10th Engineering Education for Sustainable Development Conference, 'Building Flourishing Communities', University College Cork, Ireland, 14-16 June.