Discovering a Sustainable Mindset-MOOC
Discovering a Sustainable Mindset-MOOC

Discovering a Sustainable Mindset-MOOC

University College for Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy

Silke Schaumberger


Duration 5 units
Unit 2 hours/unit
Licence CC BY-SA 4.0
Participants 156
Availability Unlimited
Start Date 1 June 2024
Costs € 0.00

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General Course Information

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This course is open to all interested parties but especially aims at teachers and trainers in vocational education and training. It wants to support them in constructively guiding their learners in discovering a more sustainable mindset.

Factual knowledge alone very rarely leads to (a change in) actions. Values and personal relation to the respective topic play a decisive role - and spiritual, religious, and cultural aspects are also drivers of individual behaviour. All of this must be considered to support the development of a more sustainable mindset.


Course Content

In the following five units, we will show you how complex and multi-layered the development of a sustainable mindset is:

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Topic of Sustainable Development

Lesson 2: The Four Elements - Connectors between Science, Culture and Spirituality

Lesson 3: Spirituality and Sustainability

Lesson 4: Attitudes and Values - Modules of the Mindset

Lesson 5: Assessment, Evaluation and Best Practice Examples

Course Goals

After completing this course, graduates will be able to 

  • reflect on their own cultural, religious and spiritual background and consider this as a prerequisite for their work with heterogeneous student groups;
  • support learners to reflect on their own thinking in relation to sustainability from their individual cultural, religious and spiritual perspective and background;
  • develop knowledge, skills and competences on intercultural, interreligious and spiritual approaches to sustainability issues;
  •  use teaching methods and techniques that take into account cultural, spiritual and religious diversity and promote sustainable development.

Previous Knowledge

No previous knowledge is required.

Course Procedure

The course consists of five units, containing at least one video, various additional materials and a final quiz. The individual units are activated at the same time and can also be completed individually. 

The course is available as a self-study course.


For actively participating in the course you will receive an automatic certificate which includes your username, the course name and completed units. We want to point out that this certificate merely confirms that the user answered at least 75% of the self-assessment questions correctly.
As the units can also be completed individually, a badge is awarded for the successful completion of each unit.


This work is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0, unless otherwise noted for individual content.

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Course Instructor

Silke Schaumberger
Silke Schaumberger

Dr. Silke Schaumberger is landscape planner, agricultural and equine scientist as well as agricultural educator and works at the University of Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy in Vienna. She is the lead manager of the Erasmus+ project SysMind, within the framework of which this course was developed, and has elaborated this MOOC together with the project partners.

The project partners of the SysMind project bring in different approaches and areas of expertise. Within this course, they commonly provide impulses and suggestions to deal with the complexity of a sustainable mindset and to support its development among learners. 

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This course was developed as part of an Erasmus+ project funded by the European Union.

The following persons were involved in the production and compilation of content and materials:

University College of Agricultural and Environmental Pedagogy: Silke Schaumberger, Veronika Hager, Norbert Hopf, Klaus Karpf, Wilhelm Linder, Monika Winzheim; external: Lumnesh Joseph

KPH Vienna/Krems: Piotr Kubiak, Stefan Sampt and the PILGRIM team

Fundacion Montenmediterraneo: Ernestine Lüdeke, Juan Luis Gazquez Guerrero

Latvian University of Life Sciences and Technologies: Sandra Iriste

Turkish International Agricultural Training Center: Bülent Sezer

Ss Cecil and Methodius University Skopje: Elena Rizova

Ukrainian National Forestry University: Lyudmyla Maksymiv, Lyudmyla Zahvoyska, Ihor Soloviy

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