Sustainable Development Goal OERs

In line with the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources we  believe that OER can make a critical contribution to achieving the aims of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which the University and Students Association are committed to through the SDG Accord.

On this page we have collected OERs from our showcase that are in line with specific SDG and listed them for ease of educators wishing to find SDG aligned resources. All OERs have also been tagged with the relevant SDG and number for searching or identifying purposes.


SDG 2: Zero HungerBowl with steam

Goal: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

SDG2 Food Production and Insects

This resource is a set of 5 lesson plans with slides, an experiment (with worksheets for analysing the results) and assessment items.  The target audience for this resource is for learners aged between 14 and 16 years.

SDG2 Sustainable Global Food Systems

These videos and podcasts from our Sustainable Global Food Systems MOOC and ‘Food Future Podcast’ are open licensed and downloadable to be watched, listened, and used by anyone with interests in food and sustainability.

SDG2 SEBI – Mastitis in smallholder dairy cows

This series of 11 open licensed videos provides information on mastitis in smallholder dairy cows. The series has been created in three languages, English, Oromiya/Oromo, and Amharic.


Heartbeat line

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Goal: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Primary and Secondary level resources

SDG3 SuperCytes (Biology game) 

SDG3 Germs Disease Vaccines and Chemical Reactions

SDG3 Clinical Psychology of children and young people

SDG3 Tackling Mental Health 

SDG3 Infectious Disease Outbreaks 


Community level resources

SDG3 My Lungs My Life, community education 

SDG3 Self-help 4 Stroke, community education

SDG3 Lasercut Face Shield 3D models

SDG3 3D Visor Models 

SDG3 Self-care and wellbeing MOOC videos

SDG3 Understanding brain health: preventing dementia MOOC videos


Higher Education resources

SDG3 UNCOVER Usher Netweork for Covid 19 evidence reviews

SDG3 Chronic Respiratory Diseases 

SDG3 Covid 19 Critical Care Application and Understanding MOOC resources 

SDG3 MentalHealth, A Global Priority podcast 

SDG3 Cardiovascular disease information pack for students and teachers 

SDG3 Dermatology videos 

SDG3 Renal medicine videos

SDG3 HIV/AIDS Online resource for teachers 

SDG3 LGBT Healthcare 101, medicine students 

SDG3 Introduction to patient centered care 

SDG3 Biomedicine Lectures



Open book and pen

SDG 4 Quality Education

Goal: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

We believe that all of our OERs are in line with SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. For the purpose of a usable distinction we’ve included under this tag OERs that specifically focus on improving educational quality.

SDG4 Foundations for All 

A channel of open licensed videos on a range of educational topics supporting the Foundations for All refugee education project running in 2021-2022 in Kampala and Kiryandongo, Uganda.

SDG4 Making the most of Open Access resources 

Open Access books and journal articles, the Centre for Research Collections, the University’s Journal Hosting Service, Open Access data sets, and Open Educational Resources, along with links to further advice and guidance.

SDG4 How to write programme level learning outcomes

This short “how to” guide walks you through the process of writing effective programme level learning outcomes. It covers inclusive design principles, classifying learning objectives with Bloom’s Taxonomy, expressing learning objectives with active verbs.

SDG4 Critical Thinking in Global Challenges

These videos formed part of a course which aimed to provide the opportunity to better understand what critical thinking is, and to practice and enhance critical thinking skills.

SDG4 Open Assessment Practices

A wide range of open assessment practices have been adopted by schools and colleges across the University, enabling students to demonstrate the relevance of their field of study and share their scholarship in real-world contexts, while at the same time contributing to the global pool of open knowledge.

SDG4 Introduction to Open Education Practice

These resources provide a broad overview of Open Education Practice.  They introduce some of the key concepts of open education, including co-creation and networked participatory scholarship

SDG4 Digital Education Podcast

This open licensed podcast series was created by the MSc in Digital Education programme for its student and anyone with an interest in further developing their knowledge of digital in education.

SDG4 E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC

These videos formed part of the E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC, an influential MOOC from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research in Digital Education that launched on Coursera in 2012.

SDG4 ELDeR – Edinburgh Learning Design Roadmap

The Edinburgh Learning Design Roadmap (ELDeR), created in 2016, is a practical, team-based approach to learning design, based on the University of Northampton’s CAIeRO approach. ELDeR also incorporates elements of other learning design tools and approaches, including the Open University’s Curriculum Feature cards, the University of Ulster’s Viewpoints toolkit, and University College London’s ABC method.

SDG4 Learning and Teaching Guidance for (HE) Staff from the IAD

SDG4 Lothian Equal Access Programme for Schools Academic skill films

SDG4 How to Create Video for Online Courses

SDG4 Wikipeda editing video tutorials 

SDG4 Updated How to edit Wikipedia video tutorial playlist

SDG4 Wikimedia in Education case studies  

SDG4 Wikipedia training lesson plan 

SDG4 3 case studies of Wikipedia in the curriculum


Interlocking Sex symbols for male and female

SDG 5: Gender Equality

Goal: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

SDG5 ISG International Women’s day 2021 resource list 

SDG5 Renaissance Feminism lectures 

SDG5 Survey of Scottish Witchcraft visualisations 

SDG5 LGBT Healthcare 101 

SDG5 Prejudice reduction strategies, psychology resource 

SDG5 Queer in AI seminar

SDG5 LGBT+ History Month 2023


Equals symbol with arrows in all four directions

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Goal: Reduce inequality within and among countries.

Primary and Secondary resources

SDG10 Prejudice reduction strategies, psychology resource 


Higher Education resources

SDG10 ConveRACEions 

SDG10 Christian Muslim relations, MOOC videos 

SDG10 ISG International Womens day 2021 resource list 

SDG10 ISG Antiracist reading list

SDG10 Decolonising and diversifying the curriculum with OER 

SDG10 HIV/AIDS online resources for teachers 

SDG10 LGBT Healthcare 101 

SDG10 Openness Equality and Inclusion OERs

SDG10 Mental Health a global priority podcast 

SDG10 Can architecture be decolonised? Lecture and discussion

SDG10 Legal for 40 years: A snapshot from someone who was there – Staff Pride Network

SDG10 Queer in AI seminar

SDG10 How to be a good (LGBTQ) ally

SDG10 Black LGBTQ+ Lives around the world

SDG10 OER for Disability Pride Month

SDG10 Decolonising and Diversifying the Library

SDG10 LGBT+ History Month 2023


Multiple buildings of different style and height

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Goal: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Primary and Secondary resources

SDG11 Sustainable Schools, and interdisciplinary STEM challenge 

SDG11 Kind Clothing and Sustainable Fashion 

SDG11 Thinking Detectives game: The Alps and Climate Change  

SDG11 Food production and insects

SDG11 Sustainability and conservation


Community resources

SDG11 Urban Ecosystem Lichen Walk


Higher Education resources

SDG11 Sustainable global food systems MOOC videos 

SDG11 Sustainable Champions Gathering 2021 video

SDG11 ‘Fragments of Asbestos-Cement, 1940 to 2040′ + ”Architecture of the Aftermath’ | ESALA Frictions Lecture

SDG11 Learning for a Sustainable Future MOOC videos

SDG11 Learning for a Sustainable Future: Live at COP26 videos

SDG11 Climate Solutions: India MOOC

SDG11 Climate Solutions: UAE (English) MOOC


Infinity loop

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Goal: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Primary and Secondary resources

SDG12 Kind clothing and sustainable fashion 

SDG12 Sustainable Schools, and interdisciplinary STEM challenge 

SDG12 Food production and insects

SDG12 Sow it, grow it, taste it


Higher Education resources

SDG12 Sustainable global food systems MOOC videos 

SDG12 Sustainable Laboratories video

SDG12 Sustainable Champions Gathering 2021 video

SDG12 ‘Fragments of Asbestos-Cement, 1940 to 2040′ + ”Architecture of the Aftermath’ | ESALA Frictions Lecture

SDG12 Using Climate Data in Financial Decision Making – seminar

SDG12 Learning for a Sustainable Future MOOC videos

SDG12 Learning for a Sustainable Future: Live at COP26 videos


An eye with the world in the centre

SDG 13: Climate Action

Goal: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.*

Primary and Secondary Resources

SDG13 Environment and Sustainability Resources COP26 

SDG13 Food production and insects

SDG13 Thinking Detectives game: The Alps and Climate Change  

SDG13 Sustainable Schools, and interdisciplinary STEM challenge 

SDG13 Climate Change interdisciplinary STEM challenge 

SDG13 SATSchool Hands on with Climate Data module

SDG13 SATSchool – Cryosphere module

SDG13 SATSchool – Atmosphere module

SDG13 Environmental Heroes!


Higher Education resources

SDG13 Sustainable global food systems MOOC videos 

SDG13 ‘Fragments of Asbestos-Cement, 1940 to 2040′ + ”Architecture of the Aftermath’ | ESALA Frictions Lecture

SDG13 Learning for a Sustainable Future MOOC videos

SDG13 Learning for a Sustainable Future: Live at COP26 videos

SDG13 Climate Solutions: India MOOC

SDG13 Climate Solutions: UAE (English) MOOC

SDG13 Re-thinking Cultural Heritage and Climate Change Adaption (MOOC videos)


illustrated fish under water lines

SDG 14: Life Below Water

Goal: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Primary and Secondary resources

SDG14 Ocean biodiversity, food webs and habitats 

SDG14 Plastic in the ocean

SDG14 The Sea Level Story – Geoscience 

SDG14 SATSchool – Oceans module


Illustrated tree and birds

SDG 15: Life on Land

Goal: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Primary and Secondary resources

SDG15 Local biodiversity outside your window 

SDG15 Sustainability and conservation

SDG15 Nothing goes to waste in nature 

SDG15 Sow it, grow it, taste it

SDG15  Bees and biodiversity (multidisciplinary learning) 

SDG15 Plants, what they need to grow and why we need them 

SDG15 Fertilisers in food production, the baked beans project 

SDG15 An Insect Investigation

SDG15 SATSchool – Biosphere module

SDG15 Rewilding the environment: Art, Geography, and Community


Higher Education resources

SDG15 Sustainable global food systems MOOC videos 


Illustrated peace dove on a gavel

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Goal: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Higher Education Resources

SDG16 The making of the US President – MOOC videos 

SDG16 Towards Scottish Independence: Understanding the Referendum – MOOC videos 

SDG16 Democracy in Theory and Practice 

SDG16 Edinburgh Open Research Conference 2022 (presentations & posters)

SDG16 Open for Good: OER at the University of Edinburgh