Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are rooted within the ideals of openness in education. They generally aim to provide open access to knowledge through free online models. In particular, by reducing barriers caused by race, gender, class, income and geographical constraints, MOOCs increase the global participation rates by a large order of magnitude, with numbers of learners up to a few hundred thousand.
MOOCs provide a cost-effective and highly adaptable means for rapid knowledge dissemination globally across contexts.
Generally speaking, MOOCs include a range of content, including knowledge components in the form of textbooks or online text content, videoed lectures, discussion forums, access to online tools and networks, etc. Embedded course forums offer participants the opportunity to engage with others from across the world and form an online learning community around the subjects. Peer support, learning networks and publicly shared quality learning support materials and tools are featured advantages for MOOCs.
UN Environment is among the first UN organizations in piloting MOOCs on large-scaled environmental education. In 2015, UN Environment launched two MOOCs, which attracted thousands of learners around the world to dedicate weeks of time in a structured learning of these subjects. Following these good examples, there is a growing demand within UN Environment for the development of more MOOCs on subjects from the broad knowledge fields of environment.
Other e-Learning Platforms
- InforMEA Learning Platform - The InforMEA E-Learning Tool aims at building knowledge and greater understanding of International Environmental Law (IEL). It provides educational and training materials on IEL concepts and the development and implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). Learners can complete one or several courses at their own pace or access individual lessons according to their needs and interests in a non-linear mode at no cost. Learn more
- REDD+ Academy e-course - 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. Learn more about the REDD+ Academy
UN Environment Online Courses
- Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate MOOC 2 (18 Sept 2017 - 17 March 2018)
- Marine Litter (May - 17 July 2017)
- Pathways to Climate Change Adaptation
- Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate
- Wicked Problems, Dynamic Solutions: The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking
- E-waste Challenge
- Marine Litter
- Food and Our Future: Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia
- REDD+ Academy E-Course
- UN InforMEA e-Learning Platform