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Open tools for sustainability learning

Create and Innovate

Create and Innovate

The Gala learning environment makes it fast and easy for anyone to make or find an immersive sustainability case study or module that engages readers. Dynamically integrate content from around the web, including videos, podcasts, maps and data tools.

Teach and share

Teach and share

Gala cases thrive in classroom, community, and remote learning settings. Create your own case to publish and share as widely as you like, or find one in our growing list of case libraries. Institutions with a series of cases can create their own libraries.

Collaborate and adapt

Collaborate and adapt

Gala is built to encourage prototyping, review, and iterative improvement, allowing collaborators to develop pilot cases together and solicit feedback with inline comments before publishing and sharing with wider communities.

About Gala

The Gala initiative seeks to make sustainability learning more grounded, dynamic, and collaborative. We built the Gala learning environment to make the best teaching cases on sustainability, emphasizing openness, experimentation, and collaboration across the world.


In Action

  • Data Skills for Future Economies
    MBDH Learning Innovation Fellows

    Student fellows from across the midwest region’s colleges, vocational schools, and universities work with faculty to create innovative interactive data analysis activities that nest within sustainability science case studies. They design, prototype, and pilot these features in classrooms or professional learning communities within the Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH) network, part of a four year, $4 million award from the National Science Foundation.
  • Enhancing Ecology Learning
    Online Content for Experiential Learning of Tropical Systems (OCELOTS)

    OCELOTS is an international network of tropical ecologists, educators, media specialists, instructional designers and database engineers exploring best practices in research-based modules for teaching tropical biology and conservation. Funded by a National Science Foundation Grant (RCN-UBE proposal ID: 2120141), members of the network have integrated interactive data applications into cases to create online labs, used video and sound to capture place-based experiences, and pioneered collaborative online “networkshops” to exchange feedback on cases in progress.
  • Grounded Engagement
    U-M SEAS Environmental Justice Education

    Cases in this library have been created in the University of Michigan's Environmental Justice Certificate and Masters Degree programs, by a combination of students, faculty and alumni and other professionals in advocacy, policy and research sectors. Each case addresses an environmental justice topic, from ableism in the environmentalist movement to indigenous rights and resource development.
  • Adapting Case-Based Teaching for an Emerging Field
    Michigan Sustainability Cases

    Michigan Sustainability Cases center on real-world problems with multiple possible solutions. They are co-designed by teams of students and faculty from across the University of Michigan campus, in partnership with practitioners from various sectors. As the very first and one of the finest libraries on gala, they seek both to transform case based learning itself, and to widen participation in solving environment and sustainability challenges.
  • Sustainability and Development for Global Learners
    Sustainability and Development MasterTrack™ Certificate

    This online masters program focuses on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development goals and has students analyze three Gala cases and synthesize their lessons for sustainability and development, before creating their own cases and developing an instructional component for the case of their choosing with a faculty member. This program was created by University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) faculty who, informed by this work, have gone on to create a new, and more modular curriculum for an in person field of specialization at U-M SEAS on Sustainability and Development.
  • Secondary Education for Sustainability: Curricular Environmental Partnerships
    The Dow Innovation Fellows Program at CEDER

    The Dow Innovation Teacher Fellowship (DITF), sponsored by the Dow Company Foundation, aims to provide educators with more support on their journey to become better stewards of the environment. DITF is implemented through the University of Michigan’s Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER). DITF supports the education of teachers in the Saginaw-Midland-Bay City tricity area of Michigan on sustainability education methods, through professional development opportunities. The program integrates sustainability across school subjects, to support development of new Gala cases and adaptation of existing cases as interdisciplinary sustainability learning units in middle and high school classrooms using project and place-based pedagogical methods.

Ready to get started?

The best way to get to know Gala is to dive in and create a pilot case or browse some cases in our libraries. You can also check out the quick start guide for a basic how-to.