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funnel-elearning_03.thumbnailSustainability: Step by Natural Step™ and Sustainability 101™ are affordable, interactive on-line courses that provide practical sustainability education. These innovative and award-winning courses are being used by thousands of people in leading organizations around the world such as Interface Carpets, Rohm and Haas, Nissan, Levi Strauss, Nestlé Waters and others.  Canadian clients include Bell Aliant, BC Hydro, Hydro Quebec, Alcoa, Alcan, The Co-operators and leading municipal governments across Canada, including Halifax and North Vancouver.  Our courses are aimed at businesses, governments, communities and individuals that want to move strategically towards sustainability. The top reasons for using our courses are:

  • Award-winning Engagement and Interactivity – we received an Excellence in Learning award from Brandon Hall for efficacy, appeal and ‘WOW’-factor.
  • A Clear Voice in the Commotion – our definition of sustainability and framework for action is grounded in systems thinking and scientific principles. The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development has been endorsed by scientists and leaders from around the world.
  • From Awareness to Action – our courses don’t simply inform: they transform. Participants gain a holistic framework for thinking and decision-making that leads directly to action.
  • Customizable and Cost Effective – we offer competitive volume pricing and a collaborative approach to customize both the course itself and its delivery to meet your unique needs. Our sustainability advisors also provide supplementary services to help with training, planning and stakeholder engagement.

 

Course Features

Our courses are designed to help learners access and understand sustainability concepts and apply them to day-to-day business, community and personal decision-making.  Each course includes:

  • A structured overview of key sustainability concepts including systems thinking and backcasting; scientific and sustainability principles; and a step-by-step process for strategic planning and decision-making in complex systems (business, government etc).
  • Real-life case studies and interactive activities that present current social, ecological and economic issues and help learners apply theoretical knowledge to practical business and community situations.
  • An extensive resource section including relevant information on the state of the world, the science of sustainability and the TNS framework along with lessons from leaders, tools and more than eighty business and community case studies from around the world.
  • A final exam and personalized certificate that recognizes the learner’s accomplishment.

Click on the course titles below for more information.

Sustainability 101

 Sustainability 101™ is a condensed version of Sustainability: Step by Natural Step™ and takes approximately sixty-to-eighty five minutes to complete (depending on the learner’s pace).

Participants who successfully complete the course will be able to meet the following learning objectives:

  • Outline the evidence for our current sustainability crisis, and describe this using a powerful metaphor.
  • Describe the process of backcasting, justify the key role of systems thinking, and outline the basic scientific principles that underlie the concept of sustainability.
  • Define the four basic principles for sustainability and use them to analyze actions from a sustainability perspective.
  • Outline an “ABCD” process for strategic planning and decision-making toward sustainability.
  • Show how various tools and approaches for sustainable development relate to one another.

Sustainability 101™ has the following sections and activities:

SUSTAINABILITY 101TM SECTIONS CONTENT AND ACTIVITY OVERVIEW
1. Welcome
2. Setting the Scene
This section takes approximately 25 min.
a. Who’s playing the game
b. The shape of things to come
c. Scenario: You decide
  • This section introduces the concept of sustainable development, presents a powerful metaphor (“The Funnel”) for understanding sustainability issues and engages the learner in an interactive decision-making scenario.
  • Activities: A four-question quiz, a supply-and-demand exercise and two interactive scenarios.
3. Backcasting from Sustainability Principles
This section takes approximately 45 min.
a. Backcasting systems and cycles
b. Breaking the cycles
c. The four sustainability principles
d. The ABCD process
e. Step “D” – in practice
f. How sustainability tools and approaches relate
4. The final word
  • This section introduces the concept of backcasting from principles, presents the science of systems thinking and the Earth as a system and outlines four fundamental principles for sustainability. It then outlines a four step ‘ABCD’ process for strategic decision-making, provides the real-life solutions to the scenarios from the first section and presents how sustainability tools and approaches relate.
  • Activities: An eight question sustainability principles quiz
5. The exam and personalized course certificate
  • The exam is a ten-question quiz that reinforces the course learning. A grade of 70% is required to “pass” the course and receive a certificate of achievement. Learners can take the quiz multiple times to get the highest grade possible. It is hosted on a separate page so that learners can review the course content while writing the exam.

 

Step by Natural Step

Sustainability: Step by Natural Step™ takes approximately three to four hours to complete (depending on the learner’s pace).  Participants who successfully complete the course will be able to meet the following learning objectives:

  • Outline the evidence for our current sustainability crisis, and describe this using a powerful metaphor.
  • Show, using examples, the strategic benefits enjoyed by organizations and communities who are proactive about sustainability.
  • Describe the process of backcasting, justify the key role of systems thinking, and outline the basic scientific principles that underlie the Natural Step Framework.
  • Define the four basic principles for sustainability (the four “System Conditions”), describe the mechanisms that led to their definition, and use them to analyze actions from a sustainability perspective.
  • Outline an “ABCD” process for strategic planning and decision-making toward sustainability.
  • Show how various tools and approaches for sustainable development relate to one another.

Sustainability: Step by Natural Step™ has the following sections and activities:

SUSTAINABILITY STEP BY NATURAL STEPTMSECTIONS CONTENT AND ACTIVITY OVERVIEW
1. Welcome
2. Setting the Scene
This section takes approximately 40 min.
a. Who’s playing the game?
b. The shape of things to come
c. The sustainability advantage
d. Scenario: You decide
  • This section is a clear and entertaining introduction to the current state of the world’s ecological and socioeconomic systems, using a powerful metaphor to illustrate the nature and possibility of sustainability. Participants engage with the powerful business case for sustainability and use a scenario exercise to apply their knowledge and understanding.
  • Activities include: Various activities, including a quiz on sustainability leadership, a supply-and-demand exercise and interactive scenarios.
3.    The Natural Step Framework
This section takes approximately 80 min.
a. Backcasting
b. Systems thinking
c. Yikes! Basic science
d. The 4 system conditions
e. The ABCD process
f.  “A” – Awareness
g. “B” & “C” – Baseline Analysis and Compelling Vision
h. “D” – Down to Action
  • This section presents the key elements of a highly effective tool for strategic planning towards sustainability. Learners gain access to the basic premises of The Natural Step Framework, including interactive sessions on Backcasting, Systems Thinking, the System Conditions, Basic Science and the ABCD Process. Detailed and interactive, it outlines a four step process for strategic decision-making in any organization.
  • Activities include: Various activities including an eight question sustainability principles quiz
4. Now Do It
This section takes approximately 40 min. not including the team exercise.
a. Scenario – You decide, again!
b. Scenario – Team exercise
c. How TNS fits in with other tools and concepts
d. The final word
  • This section challenges learners to apply concepts, both individually and within a team context, to case studies drawn from IKEA and the resort community of Whistler, Canada. It also explores and illustrates the compatibility of other tools and approaches to sustainable development, such as Ecological Footprint, ISO 14001 and LEED Green Building Standards. Finally, learners are presented with ideas for taking action on sustainability in their own organization.
5. The exam and personalized course certificate
  • The exam is a ten-question quiz that reinforces the course learning. A grade of 70% is required to “pass” the course and receive a certificate of achievement. Learners can take the quiz multiple times to get the highest grade possible. It is hosted on a separate page so that learners can review the course content while writing the exam.

 

Course Comparison

 

Features Sustainability – Step by Natural StepTM Sustainability 101TM
Overview A comprehensive course on sustainability divided into three distinct modules and an extensive resource section A condensed introduction to sustainability and The Natural Step Framework divided into two sections and accompanied by an extensive resource section
Length
3-4 hours 60-80 minutes
Focus In-depth learning on sustainability and The Natural Step framework Introduction to sustainability
Cost (for one individual license) $98 Cdn + tax $98 Cdn + tax
Bulk pricing available Yes Yes
Customisation available Yes Yes
Languages available English English, French, Swedish
Structure Module 1: Setting the Scene
Module 2: The Natural Step Framework
Module 3: Do It Now
Setting the Scene
Backcasting from Sustainability Principles
Contains resource section Yes Yes
Diploma awarded Yes Yes
Length of access 12 months 12 months
Available for blended learning Yes (more on blended learning) Yes (more on blended learning)
Course Administration

As a learning tool, our courses:

  • Can be hosted on any Learning Management System or delivered through our online server. This allows for hassle-free delivery as there are no IT components for learners to install or manage.
  • Allows for self-paced learning as users can exit the course anytime and return to the same starting point.
  • Includes a management interface that allows administrators to track learners’ progress and completion.
  • Provides ongoing access to the course and resource materials for renewable 12-month periods. A navigation bar allows users to review specific sections and resources without having to revisit the entire course.
  • Can be customized to incorporate a client’s branding, business activities and needs.

 

“The Natural Step Framework was used as a compass in implementing sustainability at Interface. I wish this e-learning course had been available then; it would have made our efforts much easier. I have no hesitation in endorsing this e-learning course for any organization that wishes to engage all its employees in making an integrated decision to ‘do well by doing good’.”

Rahumathulla Marikkar
Director of Technology and the Environment
Interface Flooring Systems (Canada)

 

“There is no way we could have reached so many people in four months by any other means as we did through online learning. Once I let people know I could watch their progress online, they also wanted to make sure they kept up with the readings.”

Kathy Jenkins
Whistler Blackcomb Mountains Resort Inc.
Environmental Coordinator


 

eLearning Benefits

Benefits of eLearning with The Natural Step

The Natural Step’s courses are rich multimedia experiences designed by professional educators for maximum accessibility and learning. They offer a number of benefits compared to conventional training approaches:

  • Lifelong learning for all learning styles. eLearning is a key means of delivering lifelong learning, cultivating a culture of innovation and expanding productivity. eLearning environments allow learners to move at their own pace and can be more effective for learners who are shy, reflective, or require more time to absorb information.
  • Quality control and consistency. eLearning provides a consistent delivery of material and builds a shared language and understanding in the workplace; it also allows employers to customize content and monitor employee’s progress. With long-term licenses, employees can also review material at their convenience thereby ensuring uptake.
  • Increased productivity and decreased expenditures. eLearning can be completed at the time and place that is most convenient for the employer and employee. This saves time and reduces or eliminates travel and printing costs. eLearning is the most cost effective means for training large numbers of employees and allows follow-up training to be more focused and effective.

A 2008 evaluation concluded that the key outcomes of TNS’s eLearning program are:

  1. Shared Understanding – A better and more holistic understanding of sustainability and its root causes and solutions. This provides a shared language for staff and encourages dialogue and innovation.
  2. Engagement – A greater sense of the collective and individual responsibility for taking action on sustainability, particularly the importance of integrating sustainability into business decision-making and the positive impact that individuals can make by changing their behaviour.
  3. Transformation – A catalyst for action and change within individuals and organizations that use it.

How to Purchase

There are several options for purchasing eLearning courses:

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Single Orders and Renewals

Single Orders, Renewals and bulk purchases of up to nine licenses can be made online using debit, Visa or Mastercard. All of our courses cost $98 Cdn plus GST per license and are intended for individual personal use. Simply click here to select and purchase your course(s) through our GiftTool shopping cart.

Bulk Orders

Bulk Orders of ten licenses or more for organizations and businesses can be purchased by contacting The Natural Step Canada. Significant discounts for volume purchases are available – please contact by e-mail or phone at +1 (613) 748-3001 ext. 236 for more information.

Students and Not-For-Profit Discounts

Discounts for students and not-for-profit organizations are available by contacting us by e-mail or by phone at +1 (613) 748-3001 ext. 236.

Distribution Partner Discounts

A number of eLearning Distribution Partners are authorized by The Natural Step to offer discounted licenses for their members.  Follow the links below for more information:

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)

Sustain Dane

Greenopolis


Blended Learning and Customization

Advisory Services and Blended Learning

eLearning is most effective when implemented as part of a broader (blended) strategy of training and organizational change. The Natural Step offers a variety of training, planning and advisory services. Common blended learning programs include:

  • Development of a systematic plan for launching, delivering and evaluating the course that links the eLearning to the broader objectives of the organization.
  • Follow-up and parallel activities that cement the learning and capture innovative ideas inspired by the course, such as learner surveys, events, guest speakers, planning workshops and facilitated discussions.
  • Organizational Change and Transformation. Developing long-term visions, plans, policies and structures for institutionalizing sustainability considerations into every element of decision-making.

The Natural Step offers a variety of facilitated workshops ranging in length from an hour to a day that can be delivered in-person or remotely over the web. These workshops are custom designed for each client to meet their specific needs, interest and context. They provide opportunities for staff to deepen their understanding of sustainability, apply the framework to their organization, and/or identify ideas for action.

Branding and Customisation

The Natural Step’s one-hour course Sustainability 101TM can be customised in a variety of ways to present a client’s unique issues, success stories and branding. Common customisation options are presented below.

  • Addition of a custom course welcome page using content provided by the client which could include screen text, an audio narration clip and/or a video clip.
  • Insertion of customised questions and answers into one or more of the interactive quizzes in the course. This includes narration, on-screen text, images, and an answer screen. The Natural Step supports the client in developing and finalizing the questions and retains final decision-making authority.
  • Creation of a custom exit survey to capture client-relevant information such as staff ideas for action or their interest in ongoing engagement in client sustainability planning activities.

eLearning FAQs

The answers to our three most commonly asked questions are below. Click here to download a PDF with a complete list of all of our most frequently asked questions and answers.

How do I access the Exam at the end of the course?

  • Both courses include an exam; however, some customized versions of the courses do not include the exam and/or do not require that you pass the exam in order to get your certificate.
  • If you are already logged into the course then return to the original browser window (the Course structure page), select Exit from course at the upper right-hand side of screen, and then select Exam in the navigation section on the right-hand side of screen (under Exam and Certification).
  • Alternatively, if you have already logged out of the course then simply login again at http://www.tnslearning.com/tns1/ and click the Exam link in the course description on the home page.
  • Once you are on the Exam page, select Attempt quiz now. Upon completing your entries, select Submit all and Finish. You have the option to Save without submitting to review your answers.
  • You are now able to review your exam and score. Select Continue.
  • You can now review all of your exam scores and take the exam again if desired. You may take the exam as many times as you want. You must attain 75% or higher to pass and get your certificate.

How do I print, save or email my certificate?

  • If you are already logged into the course and have just finished the exam, then click on the drop-down list labelled “Jump to…” on the upper right-hand side of the screen and select the second “Susta…” at the bottom of the drop-down list.
  • Alternatively, you can return to http://www.tnslearning.com/tns1/ and login. Then select the Certificate link in the appropriate course description on the homepage.
  • Once at the certificate page select Get your certificate. This will open a new tab or window using Adobe Acrobate Reader.
  • You may print , save  or email  your certificate by clicking on the appropriate icon at the top left hand side of the screen. You can close the window when you are finished.

I’m having a technical issue; can you help?

  • Technical issues such as, but not limited to, accessing the exam, getting the certificate, logging in, and pop-ups being blocked are addressed in this FAQ document.
  • If you still can’t resolve your problem after reviewing this document please contact the point person within your organization or our service provider TM New Media at support@tmnewmedia.com.

Nos cours en ligne eLearning

L’ABCD de la DurabilitéTM (français ou anglais, durée 1 heure) et Sustainability : Step by Natural StepTM (anglais uniquement, durée 3 heures) sont des cours en ligne abordables et innovants délivrant une formation pratique sur le développement durable pour les entreprises, les gouvernements, les collectivités, les municipalités, les individus, etc. qui souhaitent se diriger de façon stratégique vers la durabilité.

Ils sont utilisés par des milliers de personnes au sein d’organisations avant-gardistes telles que Interface Carpets, Rohm and Haas, Nissan, Levi Strauss, Nestlé Waters et d’autres. Parmi les clients canadiens nous comptons Bell Aliant, BC Hydro, Hydro Quebec, Alcoa, Alcan, The Co-operators ainsi que des municipalités leaders telles que Halifax et North Vancouver.

Cliquez ici pour acheter votre cours directement.

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Pour toute information complémentaire contactez-nous par e-mail ou par téléphone +1 (613) 748 3001 ext. 236.

Présentation des cours

Objectifs des cours

  • Accéder: faciliter l’accès des entreprises, des collectivités et des individus à un contenu éducatif pertinent, engageant et adapté sur le développement durable;
  • Comprendre: faciliter l’accès des entreprises, des collectivités et des individus à une bonne compréhension des enjeux liés au développement durable grâce à une démarche reconnue;
  • Appliquer: faciliter l’application des principes de durabilité dans les schémas de prises de décision des entreprises, des collectivités et des individus afin d’accélérer la transition vers une société durable.

Contenu des cours

  • Une présentation structurée du développement durable, basée sur la démarche The Natural Step, intègre une variété d’outils, de concepts et d’exemples et fournit une expérience éducative adaptée;
  • La pensée systémique et le backcasting sont au cœur du contenu, tout comme la science des systèmes naturels permettant de définir à quoi ressemble un monde durable (principes de durabilité), et une méthode de planification pas à pas pour faciliter les prises décisions;
  • Des études de cas réelles et interactives aident les participants à mettre en pratique les connaissances théoriques ainsi acquises;
  • Des questions actuelles et pertinentes tirées de sujets écologiques, économiques et sociaux sont utilisées comme exemples.

Pourquoi utiliser l’eLearning?

Les principales raisons pour utiliser nos cours d’e-Learning sont :

  • Une Voix Claire dans la Cacophonie : Notre définition de la durabilité et notre démarche pour agir sont ancrés dans la pensée systémique et les principes scientifiques. La démarche The Natural Step a été validée par des scientifiques et des dirigeants du monde entier.
  • De la Sensibilisation à l’Action : Nos cours ne se contentent pas d’informer, ils transforment. Les participants acquièrent une démarche globale pour penser développement durable et prendre des décisions conduisant directement à des actions.
  • Souple et Facile à Utiliser : Vous pouvez utiliser le cours à votre rythme, vous arrêter à tout moment si vous le souhaitez et reprendre plus tard là où vous en êtes resté.
  • Prix de l’Engagement et de l’Interactivité: Nous avons reçu le prix Brandon Hall de l’Excellence pour l’Apprentissage récompensant l’efficacité du cours, son caractère incitatif et le facteur ‘WOW’.
  • Personnalisation et Rapport Qualité-Prix : Nos proposons des prix de gros compétitifs et des moyens pour personnaliser le cours et son contenu afin qu’ils répondent parfaitement à vos besoins. Nos conseillers en développement durable fournissent également des services supplémentaires pour vous aider dans votre formation, votre planification et l’engagement de vos partenaires.

Comment l’acheter?

Nous vous proposons plusieurs options pour acheter votre cours e-Learning:

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Commande simple
Les commandes allant de 1 à 9 licences peuvent être effectuées en ligne directement en utilisant votre carte de débit, Visa ou Master Card. Nos cours sont tous vendus au prix de 98$ canadiens plus TPS par licence et sont destinés à un usage personnel individuel. Cliquez ici pour choisir et acheter votre cours e-Learning grâce à notre boutique en ligne.

Commande groupée
Les organisations et entreprises souhaitant effectuer un achat groupé (10 licences ou plus) peuvent contacter The Natural Step Canada. Des réductions sur les gros volumes sont disponibles. Pour plus d’information contactez-nous par e-mail pour par téléphone +1 (613) 748 3001 ext. 236.

Réductions pour les étudiants et les ONG
Des réductions sont également proposées aux étudiants et aux ONG. Contactez-nous par e-mail pour par téléphone +1 (613) 748 3001 ext. 236.

Réductions pour les distributeurs partenaires
Un certain nombre de distributeurs partenaires sont également autorisés par The Natural Step à proposer des licences à prix réduits à leurs membres. Suivez les liens suivants pour plus d’information (disponible seulement en anglais pour le moment) :

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)

Sustain Dane

Greenopolis

Formations combinées et personnalisation:

Cliquez ici (disponible en anglais uniquement pour le moment) pour en savoir plus sur nos programmes de formation combinée et sur les outils de personnalisation disponibles.

Pour toute information complémentaire contactez-nous par e-mail ou par téléphone +1 (613) 748 3001 ext. 236.