UWE launches first MOOC

A free online course is being launched by UWE Bristol offering digital learners the chance to find out what makes a ‘Green City’

The six-week MOOC, (Massive Open Online Course) will showcase knowledge developed from Bristol Green Capital to a local national and international audience.

Those who sign up for ‘Our Green City: Global Challenges, Bristol Solutions’ will learn from University academics on themes such as energy, food, resources, nature, and transport, but there will also be a strong emphasis on developing the skills and understanding needed to bring about change. 

The course will be delivered through a mix of video presentations, reading materials and other online resources. Learners will undertake tasks and assessments and receive feedback on their work, as well as forming communities online with other learners.

For example, leaners may watch a video presentation, be asked to map nature provision in a local area and then be given the challenge of creating a plan for how that provision could be improved. They would also be asked to think about who they would need to influence to make any changes. 

Course developer Simon Bates said: “UWE Bristol has excellent knowledge and research developed over many years in these subject areas to share with the wider community through this MOOC. But the learners themselves will also be central to how the course develops through engaging with online communities and networks.

“The course is open to anyone and we hope to attract those who have no knowledge but are curious as well as those who already have an interest in sustainability. The course is particularly useful for anyone who cares about their local environment and the community they live in, and it will be full of information and ideas for further involvement and how to influence decisions that affect the local environment. 

“Many people are evangelical about the importance of living a more sustainable life, but others need to see the basic trade-offs and modifications for them as beneficial, proven, and risk free. People also need to know that the way they live is connected to what is happening around them in their own community. This course is suitable for everyone, as it shows the relevance of the Green City concept for individuals and communities. By working through this online course people will discover others who have the same uncertainties and questions as them, and they will be able to look for answers together to those questions.”

To find out more about the course and to enrol go to https://tiny.cc/ourgreencity

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