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Online Courses - including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

This is a listing of online courses on environmental education. For specific details of the events, please follow the links provided.

REDD+ Academy e-course
Summary: This is the e-course version of the UN-REDD Programme's successful REDD+ Academy. This course is free and open to all. Upon successfully passing the final exam, a certificate will be issued.
Course Dates: Open (self-paced)
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: UN-REDD Programme and UNITAR.
Website: REDD+ Academy e-course and UN CC:e-Learn Platform.

UN CC:Learn Introductory e-Course on Climate Change
Summary: This is the e-course version of the UN-REDD Programme's successful REDD+ Academy. This course is free and open to all. Upon successfully passing the final exam, a certificate will be issued.
Course Dates: Open (self-paced)
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: UN CC:Learn Secretariat.
Website: UN CC:e-Learn Platform.

E-waste Challenge MOOC
Summary: Illegal and poorly managed e-waste is polluting our environment, harming human health, and contributing to human-made climate change. The worst impacts are often in the countries that are least equipped to manage it. The MOOC is a free course that is open to all; it is designed for anyone with an interest in taking action on managing our e-waste.
Course Dates: 4 April - 20 May 2016
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: UNEP, Basel Convention, KU Leuven, World Resources Forum and EIT RawMaterials.
Website: E-waste Challenge

Climate Change and Health
Summary: Climate change is currently at the center of the worlds attention, with delegations from more than 190 countries meeting in Paris for the COP21 to negotiate an agreement how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming under 2C. There are not many world citizens who do not have their childrens and their own health as a top priority. So why is health not more prominent topic in the debate on climate change and its impacts? We hear a lot about polar bears and smokestacks in the media, but very little on the many and the large health impacts of climate change. With this MOOC, we want to provide state-of-the art evidence of the link between climate change and the health of populations.
Course Dates: 08 Feb 2016 (self-paced)
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: World Bank.
Website: Climate Change and Health

Going Places with Spatial Analysis
Summary: Gain a deeper understanding of spatial data analysis. This course is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn how the special capabilities of spatial data analysis provides deeper understanding. You'll get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online, Esri's cloud-based GIS platform. Previous experience with GIS software is helpful but not necessary.
Course Dates: 11 May - 22 June 2016
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: ESRI
Website: Going Places with Spatial Analysis

Wicked Problems, Dynamic solutions: The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking
Summary: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with Concordia University in Montreal will launch the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Wicked Problems, Dynamic solutions: The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking. The MOOC will be disseminated through the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), which is currently comprised of over 680 universities globally.
Course Dates: 12 September - 21 October 2016 (7 weeks)
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: UNEP, Concordia University and GUPES.
Website: Wicked Problems, Dynamic solutions: The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinkinge

Safe and Resilient Cities
Summary: We live in a complex and dynamic world. Many problems we face today involve interdependent structures, multiple actors, and are at least partly the result of past actions. Such problems are extremely difficult to tackle and conventional solutions have very often led to unintended consequences. A systems thinking approach focuses on systems as a whole: how the parts interrelate and how interconnections create emerging patterns. Systems thinking tools allow us to map and explore dynamic complexity. With a better understanding of systems, we can identify leverage points that lead to desired outcomes and avoid unintended consequences.
Course Dates: September 2016
Coverage: Global
Organisers: UNEP and Concordia University.
Brochure: Download.