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Free Online Courses on Climate and Education

Students from around the world have increasingly started opting for online education. We bring to you a collection of courses from top universities to help you open new avenues to learning.

INTRODUCTION TO THE ARCTIC: CLIMATE

Presented by: The University of Alberta

Total Duration: 4 weeks

Total Cost: Free online course with USD 30 certification fee

Certification: Available

The University of Alberta, the University of the Arctic and University of Tromso have created a four-week course that emphasises on certain parameters of the circumpolar North. In a one month long course, students can learn about the Arctic environments, climate systems, the cryosphere and the implications of climate change. The course will also look into how the Arctic is connected to the rest of the world while examining the present-day climate change and evidence for it in the Arctic before looking at the implications in the rapidly evolving North.

Link: www.ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/online-courses/arctic-climate

MAPS AND THE GEOSPATIAL REVOLUTION

Presented by: The Pennsylvania State University

Total Duration: 5 weeks

Total Cost: Free online course with USD 30 certification fee

Certification: Available

This five-week course created by the Pennsylvania State University focuses on the basics of geospatial technologies and how to create and analyse geographic patterns using GIS tools. The course brings together core concepts in cartography, geographic information systems, and spatial thinking with real-world examples to provide the fundamentals necessary to engage with geography beyond the surface-level. The course requires no prior knowledge as it is an introductory course, which makes it beneficial for the students who wish to explore the domain of spatial data and analysis.

Link: www.coursera.org/learn/geospatial

CLIMATE ACTION HANDS-ON: HARNESSING SCIENCE WITH COMMUNITIES TO CUT CARBON

Presented by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Total Duration: Video lessons, 9 hours

Total Cost: Free online course

Certification: Not  available

The four-part course provides insights on citizen science and climate action, along with a highlight on methane leaks. The course also includes a hackathon on methane leaks which help students get hands-on experience of detecting and dealing with methane leaks.  
Link:www.ocw.mit.edu/resources/res-env-001-climate-action-hands-on-harnessing-science-with-communities-to-cut-carbon-january-iap-2017/

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER IN MOUNTAINS: A GLOBAL CONCERN

Presented by: University of Geneva

Total Duration: 5 weeks

Total Cost: Free online course with USD 49 certification fee

Certification: Available

This course is inspired by the European ACQWA project, in which a team of over 100 experts worked on the assessment of the impacts of climate change on the water originating in the mountain ranges. Through this course, students can understand the concepts connected to climate change and identify their impacts on agriculture, hydropower and health.

Link: www.coursera.org/learn/climate-changes-mountains-water

LARGE MARINE ECOSYSTEMS: ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT

Presented by: University of Cape Town

Total Duration: 6 weeks

Total Cost: Free online course with USD 29 certification fee

Certification: Available

This course will introduce the concept of ecosystem-based management while focusing on Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs). This course has been created with inputs from renowned organisations including The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), UNESCO_IOC and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It will be highly beneficial for students who wish to pursue a career in management of Large Marine Ecosystems around the world.

Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomastern/32672906491/

UNDERSTANDING CLASSROOM INTERACTION

Presented by: University of Pennsylvania

Total Duration: 5 weeks

Total Cost: Free online course with USD 49 certification fee

Certification: Available

This course is specifically designed for classroom teachers at all levels and subject domains to help them understand the importance of classroom interaction. The course will help the teachers understand the importance of intonation, gestures and class participation to analyse the behaviour of their classroom and improve it. The five-week course includes modules such as introduction to classroom interaction, turn-taking patterns and question types, types of participation and their effects and much more.

Link: www.edx.org/course/understanding-classroom-interaction-pennx-uci1x-0

LEARNING TO TEACH ONLINE

Presented by: The University of New South Wales

Total Duration: 6 weeks

Total Cost: Free online course with USD 29 certification fee

Certification: Available

This course can facilitate existing educators set up or develop their online teaching practices and is appropriate for all teachers. .

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/teach-online

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