Climate Change: Risks and Challenges - A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
The challenge of climate change
Climate change is one of the major challenges for the international community. However, there is no intuitive approach to the problem of climate change. Rather, it can only be grasped through scientific knowledge, which guides the transformation process in terms of action taken.
MOOC as an option
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a special form of online course that can have an unlimited number of participants in theory. MOOCs combine traditional forms of knowledge transfer such as videos, reading materials and problem solving or exercises with forums where teachers and learners can communicate with each other. Participation is free of charge and an Internet connection is all that is required to access the course.
Through the English MOOC on climate change and its consequences, we would like to give students of all disciplines as well as interested members of the public the opportunity to understand the basics of climate change and to see through its complexity. Therefore, the MOOC is interdisciplinary and includes scientific basics, models and scenarios, and also social issues such as dealing with climate impacts, adaptation measures and solution strategies.
The German Climate Consortium, in collaboration with WWF Germany, has developed an inter-disciplinary MOOC on climate change and its consequences. We have attracted renowned researchers from leading German climate research institutes to this online course. The project is sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office.
The English course is also an opportunity for German universities to include the content in their international courses.
ClimateMOOC “Climate Change: Risks and Challenges” will be launched online in autumn 2017.
Renowned climate scientists teach the course. The lecturers are: Mojib Latif from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel; Jochem Marotzke from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg; Michael Schulz from the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen; Hermann Lotze-Campen from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; and Anita Engels, spokeswoman for the climate research Cluster of Excellence at Universität Hamburg, among others. Brent Goff (Deutsche Welle) contributes as a moderator.