Category: Assessment and Evaluation in International Education

Teaching and Assessing Sustainability Literacy in Education Abroad

Thursday, Jun 1
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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If education abroad is to do its share in mitigating climate change, then sustainability literacy must be a key learning outcome assessed in terms of altered stakeholder attitudes and behaviors.

Scott G. Blair

Director, Assessment and Sustainability
The Education Abroad Network
Chicago, IL

Scott G. Blair, Ph.D., is Director of Assessment and Sustainability at The EDUCATION ABROAD Network. Based in Paris, Scott has worked in education abroad for over 30 years—as university professor, onsite Academic Director, education consultant and Director of Assessment for US study abroad providers. Past Research & Scholarship Network Leader for the Teaching, Learning & Scholarship Knowledge Community of NAFSA, and member of Board of Directors at NSEE (National Society for Experiential Education), he advocates for assessing student learning outcomes in terms of climate sustainability, biodiversity and human equity. To implement the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) and in partnership with UN Sustainable Development Goals, he provides developmental support for, an online survey tool that assesses Sustainability Literacy in both academic and corporate settings. He served on the faculties of the University of New Haven, the Institut National des Sciences Politiques, the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, and the American University of Paris. He has published research in assessment for Routledge, NAFSA and Frontiers and is a regular speaker at educational conferences on learning outcomes and sustainable program design in education abroad. Blair holds a doctorate in history from the Sorbonne, an MA in European history from Georgetown University, and a BA in English from Miami of Ohio.

Russ J. Alexander

Director of Programs
The Education Abroad Network
Chicago, IL

Russ has been involved in the field of international education for over 25 years with a focus on program design and development. Originally from Australia, Russ worked for and with a number of Australian universities. He joined The Education Abroad Network in 2000 and is spearheading a new sustainability initiative within the organization. Russ is currently based in Chicago.