EDS Bootcamp 2022

Learning Design and Education for Sustainable Development

As stated in the UNESCO Learn for our planet report (2021): “The way we currently live is not sustainable. Urgent change is needed, but lasting change is impossible without education”.

With the mission of supporting higher education teachers in the learning design of their courses, through the development of activities based on online learning with a focus on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and transformative pedagogies, at UNESCO IESALC we are promoting the first Learning Design and Education for Sustainable Development Bootcamp (ESD) #ESDBootcamp 2022.

What is a Bootcamp?

A Bootcamp is a specialized training program designed for multidisciplinary teams to meet and develop new ideas for seeking solutions to specific challenges. By managing a certain set of skills and practical application knowledge, innovative solutions are achieved very quickly.

Who is the Bootcamp aimed at?

The Bootcamp is aimed primarily at teachers from higher education institutions who need to design curricular elements that contribute to incorporating Education for Sustainable Development in their activities using a transformative learning method.

Available in English and Spanish for teachers from any educational institution of higher education around the world, the Bootcamp aims to provide the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values ​​necessary to overcome the global challenges of today and the future, including climate change, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, poverty and inequality.


“The Learning Design and ESD Bootcamp aims to inspire and empower academics, students, learning designers and educational developers from different disciplines to acquire a learning design mind-set, embedding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Higher Education practices. The Bootcamp also aims to foster communities of practice to aspire for creating value and innovative ESD solutions for Higher Education institutions globally”.

Dr. Maria Toro-Troconis – Bootcamp Founder and Director

At the end of the Bootcamp, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the learning component of their designs.

2. Identify the learning activities that best adapt to reinforce the Sustainable Development Goals.

3. Explain the division and the number of hours assigned to weekly activities.

4. Put learning designs into practice using online and blended learning activities into the Learning Management System (LMS).

5. Evaluate from a critical approach learning designs and learning activity developments.

6. Present final pedagogical designs to a group of experts.

Bootcamp programming

During 3 months, the participants will carry out different activities to obtain in-depth knowledge on Education for Sustainable Development and transformative pedagogies . In addition, they will receive online training and work sessions with their ment@rs who will help them design their program.

Phase 1: Training

Selected teams will receive online training with a course available on the Campus IESALC training platform. They will learn to design activities aimed at strengthening the active learning of their students, through the application of transformative pedagogies by incorporating cognitive, emotional, and practical development through the CoDesignS EDS Toolkit.

Phase 2: Design and development

Through collaborative work sessions, teams will continue their designs and development process with the remote support of their mentors. Mentors will host a webinar with their teams every two weeks from March 2022 to June 2022.

Mentors will stay in touch with the teams, reviewing their program designs regularly.

Phase 3: Pitch

At the end of the Bootcamp, teams will attend a closing day (June 2022) in which they will present their final designs based on the CoDesignS EDS Toolkit, as well as on the last module developed in the LMS of their university or in the LMS that we will provide them. At least one team member will have to commit to being available to present their designs during the final presentation.

The team with the highest quality result will receive a prize.

How many will we be?

A maximum of 20 teams (10 Spanish-speaking and 10 English-speaking) of university professors and technicians (up to three people each) may participate in the Bootcamp.

Teams will have specific training in Spanish and English through an online course available on the Campus IESALC training platform. With a three-month mentor’s guidance, they will develop their activities using the CoDesignS ESD Toolkit.

They will strengthen strategies to promote the active learning of their students through transformative pedagogies aimed at promoting a model of Education for Sustainable Development.

When will the call to apply to the Bootcamp be available?

The call to apply to the Bootcamp 2022 will be available in this section from October 4, 2021.

What is CoDesign EDS?

The CoDesignS ESD Toolkit is based on UNESCO’s key competencies for sustainability (UNESCO, 2017), the recent ESD guidelines published in the UK by QAA and Advance HE (2021) and the original CoDesignS Learning Design framework (Toro-Troconis et al., 2019; Lewis, 2020).

CoDesignS ESD Toolkit identified three pillars for work with teachers and mentors:

  1. Key Competencies for Sustainability that are relevant to all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (UNESCO, 2017) and have been classified under: Ways of Thinking, Ways of Practicing and Ways of Being in the recent ESD guidelines published by the QAA and Advance HE (2021).
  2. Specific Learning Objectives for the SDGs targeting the cognitive, socio-emotional and cognitive domains to engage students in a transformative educational experience (Sipos et al., 2008; Cotton & Winter, 2010).
  3. Transformative Pedagogies and Teaching Methods delivered online or in a blended learning fashion that supports participation and collaboration, problem-orientation, inter and transdisciplinarity and the linking of formal and informal learning (UNESCO, 2017

We’re looking for volunteers to participate as mentors of the Bootcamp!

We’re looking for Mentors with experience in Learning Design and/or Education for Sustainable Development.

Those who wish to join as mentors and be part of the Bootcamp, must submit their candidacy before October 4, 2021.

Click here to learn more about the role of the Bootcamp Mentors and the expected time commitments

Anyone interested in becoming a Bootcamp Mentor can present it candidature by completing the CoDesignSEducation Expression of Interest Form!


The American University of Sharjah is co-hosting the Bootcamp in English with The Open University and Anglia Ruskin University. In parallel UNESCO IESALC will host its Spanish version.

The 2022 Bootcamp Committee will offer leadership and continuous support in the development of the Bootcamp.