Identify what SD content is missing in your subject
As it has been previously stated, infusion refers to the integration of content and skills into existing courses in a manner so as to focus on that content (and/or skills) without jeopardizing the integrity of the courses themselves. In the case of education for sustainability, the educator carefully analyzes existing courses for places where sustainability content and associated competences/skills could be incorporated into the existing course or courses.
In dealing with the above themes, you need to critically reflect on the content of your courses and teaching methods to see: 1) what gaps and what emphases are missing related to sustainability themes identified and 2) to what extent the teaching methods you use are suitable for sustainability. To reflect on these, a number of questions such as the following can be asked: What and how much knowledge about sustainability is required in the course? Does the course already include the examination of and the development of perspectives and values that lead to the transition to a healthy, just, equitable, and environmentally sustainable society? To what extent are students encouraged in this course to be aware of the connections between the environmental, social, cultural, political and economic aspects of sustainability? Are the teaching methods used consistent with the values, ethics and principles of education for sustainability? Answering these questions will help you to realise the need for revising your courses to address sustainability and also to identify the gaps and the themes you have to integrate in your course revision process.
Find out what is already going on in your discipline and start with reviewing your courses and identifying where sustainability concepts are already present, noting further opportunities to embed them. Go to the online resources to help with this, such as the HEA’s ‘Sustainability Resources’ page (http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/education-for-sustainable-development), the EAUC site (http://www.eauc.org.uk/home), the JISC OSIER site (http://escalate.ac.uk/osier), the Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF) site (http://csf.plymouth.ac.uk) and online publications listed in the resource section of the RUCAS Toolkit. ‘Sowing Seeds’ (http://csf.plymouth.ac.uk/?q=node/585) and ‘The Future Fit Frame work’ (http://www.heacademy.ac.uk).